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I was totally stunned when I got the email that I placed for the Bronze Award at the International Reader's Favorite Yearly Competition. I had forgotten I had even submitted my book, so when I saw the letter I was in shock.

To win an international award for writing is a dream come true for me and to attend an awards c...

I look at fall as the beginning of the year. It's the time of year when we begin a new school year, start a new season, and kick-off the holidays.

I think of new beginnings differently today than I did before. I welcome it! Whereas before, I remember being very resistant to change. I felt like if things changed, I failed and...

While attending a Writers Conference last weekend, I attended a class based on women’s characters in fiction. 

I learned that there are two types of women in literature: the woman who trades her identity for protection and the woman who is at the mercy of what happens.

Both women have to get to awareness for them to find pe...

U-a, si-la
Pa-a ia me o-e
Ko a-lo-ha ma-ka-mea e i-po
Ka-‘u ia e le-i a-e ne-i la.
Now that we are one
Clouds won’t hide the sun
Blue skies of Hawaii smile.

"Hawaiian Wedding Song," by Elvis Presley

I recently went to the Kona Living History Coffee Farm on the big island of Hawaii. While on tour, I was fascinated to find out...

I follow blue—blue skies, blue colors, blue sea. 

I remember travelling to Europe in my twenties and planning it around the sea. My idea was to look at some history and hop into the cool, crystalline, iridescent, blue sea. Nothing beat swimming next to historic 

vistas and villages.

When I was in Greece, the sea was encompasse...

Mi gente, my homies, Nuyoricans, all Puerto Ricans---I am so proud of my people.

We have suffered; we have cried; we have mourned the loss of our loved ones. We have suffered racism, discrimination, and fought amongst ourselves.

We had been defeated, but our spirit was never diminished. Now we are a shining example to all th...

I grew up during the time when the Women's Liberation Movement was all the rage. Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Maya Angelou were the voices I heard growing up.

In sharp contrast was my very conservative religious upbringing, and then add the Latin twist and you have a recipe for major confusion.

How to be a girl in today’s...

Before my mother died, she showed me her genealogical chart. It showed a rich history of ancestry on her mother’s side.

It was a history full of conquistadors and native Indian origin, leading all the way back to the Aztec emperors. We are related to Doña Isabel Moctezuma and Don Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro Altamirano...

Dance changed my life. It changed the direction of where I was going and what I had been focused on.

I was going through a very painful divorce when my Grandmother died. She was my Abuela “ Yellow Hair,” our name we had for her as children to distinguish her from our Abuela “Black Hair."

She was my father’s mother--a very...

She has a seductive grace
that drives me mad.

Radiant stars fill her eyes with their

She has many charms;
He has no heart.

Ella y Yo by Jose Gautier Benitez


As a child, I didn’t see very good examples of loving male/female relationships. My father was very distant with my mother and by the time I was old en...

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