“the new normal”…

photograph by Richshell Allen, Pasadena City College photographer – “What compelled you to write about social justice issues?”– “How do you push past ‘writers’ block?'”– “Can you talk about...

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charcoal, cancellations, & social distancing…

Yesterday, for my storytelling workshop at a Pasadena high school, I took blank paper and charcoal and zero instructions The situation changes from one hour to the next, and...

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“instead of retiring, I’m refiring…”

Writers including Peggy DoBreer, Hazel Harrison, Angela Franklin, Tanya Ho Kong, Jessica Ceballos y Campbell participating in a conversation with Luis Rodriguez at Avenue 50 Studio “Instead of retiring, I’m...

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unexpected intersections…

Selfies: With Bettina Ng’weno (L); Sharon Fabriz (R) “I remember us facilitating Rice Writing Project sessions at the Rice School and how even then you had the title in mind....

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macondo2019 after a tough take-off…

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

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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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