I am a writer and journalist born and raised in the El Paso, Texas and the Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México, region. I write stories, blogs, essays, and prose that help myself and readers discover what it means to be human.
Late-Night Classic Rock Drives
Every night at midnight, the purple clouds came out to dance with the blushing sky. The chilled breeze that routinely accompanies them makes different melodic sounds as it cuts through the frosted glistening mountain tops, similar to the sound a saxophone makes as air flows through the wooden reed and through its body. The sounds don't necessarily lend to comprise an entire musical movement, but they are pleasant enough to make the purple clouds sway and twirl in the air.
El Paso: The Steps Toward Change
My parent's house in El Paso, Texas, the house I grew up in, is a few blocks away from the border between the United States and Mexico. From the rooftop of the house, you can see Ciudad Juárez, one of the largest and most populous cities in Mexico. In particular, you can see El Monumento a la Mexicanidad, a now iconic monument dedicated to Mexican nationals often referred to as "La X." From many rooftops of the houses closest to the border and many other rooftops in the vicinity, the borderlines between the two countries are blurred. They are juxtaposed with one another, but also merging as one, separated merely by rock, water and metal.
My Favorite Color Is Red
My favorite color is red. Red like the lips of a carnivorous predator after successfully catching its prey. Red like the strawberries my mother had placed on a pearly white porcelain plate on top of the breakfast table earlier that morning, creating an impeccable contrast underneath the first morning sunshine rays. Red like the shade the white of my eyes had converted to after coming into the realization of what I had done.
The Last Outfit My Father Wore
Three years ago, after my father's passing on February 26, 2019, I started gathering my father's clothing to either donate or take for safekeeping. Along with my mother, I spent time looking through his side of the closet, reminiscing of the times he wore specific articles of clothing and deciding whether the memory warranted cherishing through guardianship.
A Brief Emancipating Moment
If you've ever gone out for a run or a jog underneath a blazing sun wearing too many layers, then you know the feeling of liberation well. It comes once you extricate your body from the clenching of the sweat-drenched workout clothes and your anatomy can finally appreciate a zephyr caressing your moist skin. You've been longing for that exact moment all throughout the treacherous workout and when it arrives, it's unfettering.
Pride 2021 Playlist
Coming off of the tumultuous and grim year that was 2020, it is only natural and expected that LGBTQ folks around the country and the community's allies want to go big during this year's Pride festivities. We're welcoming a sense of normalcy during Pride by heading to the dancefloors, hitting up a parade, or perhaps a small and intimate party. Whatever the case, a loud and proud playlist is essential for all and every Pride occasion. Music has always been at the forefront of queer celebration, providing a sonic landscape for LGBTQ folks to let loose and be free amongst each other. From classic dance tracks to modern hits, every Pride playlist has to include iconic staples as well as current queer anthems.