Education: ¡L4LL Launches Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program!

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It’s not often that an opinionated Latina is sshhhh–insert the sound of crickets on The Wise Latina Club–like I was last week. With my partner Monica Olivera in our education and literacy venture Latinas for Latino Literature, we launched our biggest project in our six months of existence: the Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program! Other summer reading programs by recognizable giants in […]

Meatless Monday: Sauteed Broccoli and Asparagus Recipe

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What green veggie is always in my kitchen? Broccoli. ¿Por qué? This power food is not only tasty and packed with nutrients, its cancer-fighting properties made broccoli número uno on my Angelina Jolie Inspired Meatless Monday: 7 Cancer-Fighting Foods list.  ¿But did you know that this vegetable that normally is a side dish makes for a delicious and nutritious main course? […]

Fitness: 5 Reasons to Take a Hike

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Ever since walking in the woods as a girl scout, hiking has been one of my favorite fitness activities. You don’t need a 50 lb pack or mountain trails to participate in this sport. I love this definition from one of my 8th graders: “Hiking is taking a long walk because you want to.” This week, my students […]

Memorial Day Meatless Monday: Grill Out Vegetarian Style

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Cutting out meat from your diet doesn’t mean giving up the grill! This Memorial Day Meatless Monday, make sabroso grilled vegetables the central dish at your BBQ. My hubby is the grill master in our casa. He shares his tips for perfect grilled eggplant, asparagus, squash, zucchini, peppers, and tomatoes: Roberto’s Grilled Vegetable Tips Prepare your grill at least 30 minutes before […]

“…and the Immigration Bill will…” Then I Got Cut off by the Prez on Sirius XM’s Politics Powered by Twitter

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I have been covering the immigration debate since 2006 when I was a local reporter in Providence, Rhode Island. Thousands flooded public squares and plazas at rallies nationwide, especially Latinos who appeared to come out of nowhere, organized by powerful Spanish language radio DJs. “Wow there are so MANY. Where did ‘they’ come from?” Answer: “They came from YOUR homes where […]

Mental Health Month Fitness: 5 Exercise Ideas to Reduce Stress

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At one point while in school, I felt so overwhelmed and anxious in light of everything I needed to get done (¿sound familiar?) that I took an amigo‘s advice and met with a counselor. Her first question: have you been exercising regularly? ¿Why was this psychologist talking to me about fitness? May is Mental Health Month and we can significantly […]

Immigration Bill Reality Show: The Collective One

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If you’re a news junkie/policy nerd like me, watching the live stream of the Senate Judiciary Committee mark up the immigration bill was our American Idol or The Voice. The star was not chairman Patrick Leahy. It wasn’t upstart Texas Senator and Tea Party darling Ted Cruz who set Twitter on fire with his draconian amendment to not allow–never […]