What makes you happy?

What makes you happy?

“Well, what makes you happy?” As I stared at my blank ceiling these words kept replaying in my mind as I rested my head on my pillow last night. Who would have thought that a simple question composed of 5 simple words would have caused me to lose sleep two nights in a row now.… Continue Reading What makes you happy?

My Beautiful Diamonds

My Beautiful Diamonds

It was a 1996 July summer afternoon at my family’s town home (my first home) in Wauchula, Florida.  I’m not sure where everyone else was as I sat on our brown carpet perfectly aligned with the big television set that had only a limited number of channels – most of which became snow when the… Continue Reading My Beautiful Diamonds

This Is What Nostalgia Tastes Like

This Is What Nostalgia Tastes Like

As a Latina, the memories I treasure most all revolve around one significant aspect of any Latin/Hispanic household: food. Tortillas de harina (flour tortillas) and fajitas de carne asada (beef fajitas) always wait for me when I return to my parent’s home in our small country town. The tortillas are wrapped snugly in a kitchen… Continue Reading This Is What Nostalgia Tastes Like

22 Years. . .One Lesson

So, here I am.  It is just shy of 5 a.m. and I have been awake for about two hours – simply one of those nights.  Oh, and it’s my 22nd birthday! For the past two hours I stared at my ceiling fan rotate lazily, walked around my humble casita seeing if there was anything I overlooked… Continue Reading 22 Years. . .One Lesson