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.
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.
Horchata Waiting at Home
In third grade, my teacher read me a fable and tried to enforce brown as the only color I could use to make my Mother’s Day greeting
Thanksgiving? No Thanks
Family and friends convene every year on the fourth Thursday in November dressed in their Sunday best. They gather around a dining table–but mostly around a television–to commit the cardinal sin of gluttony while watching football or an annually televised parade. They feast on corn, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and, of course, turkey while sipping on wine and beer, bantering about this year's football season, bickering about politics and intruding in personal matters. Thanksgiving, almost single-handedly, kicks off a nearly two-month period of commercialism, consumerism and blatant debauchery normalized by the vast participation of all of us.
Revisiting John Carpenter's 'Halloween'
There was an uncanny spectral element to the film. The vintage aesthetic, the way the camera maneuvered throughout its entire duration. Its minimal use of spectacle and special effects. Its impeccable flow; transitioning from scene to scene without losing a grasp of my attention.
Celebrating My Heritage: Sometimes in English, Others in Spanish
When I was around four-years old, my family and I moved into our first rented home in El Paso, Texas, a city a mere mile or so north of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Having moved to El Paso from Juárez two years prior, I was introduced at an early age to the binational, bicultural, and bilingual phenomenon that people living in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez are accustomed to.
What Smile Lines Do To One's Face
Plantar tendons have been treading on frost bit floors for far too long. Caressed by frigid specks the way morning dew dampens
The Pandemic, Quarantine,Netflix, and International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
Today, March 17, is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, a day to create awareness of violations and crimes against the LGBTQ community while advocating for increased equality and support. A day to remind people to be accepting of other’s differences and sexual/gender identity, to be good beings, and not commit hate crimes against their fellow humans. To treat others with respect. A simple message delivered in a complicated time.
Pomegranate Seeds And Hardened Dirt
The dirt from the backyard of Guillermo's aunt Silvia's house was holistic and dense. It was hard to break apart and wasn’t mixing well with the water he had brought out in a coffee mug. Guillermo wanted to sculpt a small mud castle for his abuelita, or grandmother. Right before he started online schooling, Guillermo's art teacher was teaching the kids ceramics using mud. Guillermo had sculpted a turtle, which his teacher then baked in an oven to harden. Guillermo now wanted to sculpt a castle for his abuelita.