macondo2019 after a tough take-off…

Workshop participants Reyna Grande, Macarena Hernández, Olivia Mena, Amelia María de la Luz Montes and partner, Liliana Valenzuela, Fan Wu, and board member Pat Aldrete with Sandra Cisneros and Ruth Behar at Liberty Bar  “I’m from...

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07 Mar, 2019

carpool conversation…

07 Mar, 2019

carpool conversation on a foggy morning This year, our carpool conversations have been limited–not because Minal and her friends don’t talk to each other–but because they sing songs that...

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protesting for equal education for all…

teachers picketing outside Burbank Middle School, Highland Park, Los Angeles The teachers’ strike in Los Angeles started last week and stretched for six long days, encompassing some of the...

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10 Jan, 2019

barbed wire…

10 Jan, 2019

barbed wire rolled around iron-wrought fence  Close to where I currently live is a park, next to which is a public high school. A US Marines headquarters building sits at the edge...

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28 Dec, 2018

driving through rain and loving it…

28 Dec, 2018

Rain along the freeway between Austin toward Houston My family’s December visit to Austin and Houston was punctuated by rain, mist, and cold temperatures. I was appreciative. I love...

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04 Aug, 2014

biking along brays bayou…

Sehba Sarwar
04 Aug, 2014

On our first Saturday afternoon in Houston after a month of roaming, Minal, René and I meander on our bikes along a trail that’s being built along Brays Bayou...

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25 Jul, 2014

landing on water…

Sehba Sarwar
25 Jul, 2014

Minal and I press close to the airplane window as we watch the airplane drop closer toward Lake Ontario’s blue water. In the background is Toronto’s skyline. At customs,...

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09 Jul, 2014

another border…

Sehba Sarwar
09 Jul, 2014

I take a drive up to the Wagah border to experience the raising of flags ceremony that has been documented many times over. The afternoon is humid and hot,...

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07 Feb, 2014

a frosty morning minal-ism..

07 Feb, 2014

We’re listening to Patti Smith’s song, “1959”, as I drive Minal to school this frosty morning. Because of the song, our conversation moves toward student activism. Minal: I predict...

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what is home?

In my two-year residency at the University of Houston’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, I have the opportunity to work on a subject, What Is Home?, and...

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