Vecinos

Over the past few weeks many possible changes have come into my atmosphere. One of them is the possibility of living alone with one child (and my dog) in this house that I have lived in for 7 plus years as part of a couple. Living in this hood, this city somewhat alone has me…

How Long Until

I worried over my outfit, my makeup. I didn’t want to look like I was trying too hard. I didn’t want to be too dressed up but I didn’t want to look too casual. A red lip would have been too much. The occasion in my mind called for a certain level of respect but…

Access

After 20 years of mamihood, I should be less surprised by the hoops various systems make you jump through in order to be “engaged”, “involved” or whatever other term these systems use to judge “parental involvement”. But I’m still shocked, even as I go through the hoops with all the privileges that I have: language,…

Danger

The other evening, on my bus commute home from work I was reading the Parable of the Talents and suddenly I recalled how my mother understood the danger my work/life puts me in before I did. I burst into tears on the bus When my little apartment in Corona was broken into and ransacked, around…

NaBloPoMo 2015 Day 1 – Dia de Los Muertos

I heard (read) about this Blog Month thing from Viva la Feminista y dije porque no. To be honest I’ve been hesitant about blogging because: A: There are things I would write more honestly about if I knew my pareja wouldn’t read them. B: There are things I would write more honestly about if I…

Things Your New Hipster, Gentrifier Neighbor Says

“I love my new neighborhood,” but he never patronizes the local stores or street vendors. He never walks around the neighborhood. He just drives in and out of his driveway. Next time I see him I will ask what he likes best.