Education: Minority Students are the New Majority

Labels such as “low-income”, “immigrant”, and “single-parent household” once described only a small group of students at-risk of falling through the cracks of America‘s school system. However, as our country continues to change socially More »

Financial Literacy Month: 3 Tips for Sticking To a Budget

A key way to be responsible with your finances is creating a budget and keeping it. Knowing where every penny of your hard-earned money is goes allows you to trim excess spending and save More »

VIDEO: Politics and Polices of Sex: Equal Pay and Sex Education on MSNBC

MSNBC host Karen Finney roared out of the gate of her show Disrupt, asking me if Equal Pay is good politics or good politics. Both, I answered, a lover of living trapped More »

Education Wednesday: A Case for Universal Preschool

This year there has been a strong national focus on expanding access to quality early childhood education for all students. Earlier this year in the State of the Union Address, President Obama placed more More »

Homegrown: The Benefits of Teaching Children How to Grow Food

Growing fresh food at home can be just as much an educational tool as it is a component of the pantry. The process of planting and harvesting fresh produce teaches children about food and the importance of healthy More »

Education Wednesday: Why You Secretly Love Math

For centuries, I am sure, students have groaned and questioned the real use of mathematics outside of school. However, long before modern technological advances, math concepts have shaped our world and been pivotal in our daily lives. Math is secretly our favorite More »

Guest Post: Author/Illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh’s “Reflection” for the L4LL Día Blog Hop

Literacy improves lives, strengthening communities, neighborhoods, and the economy. This is the mission of Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL), a social enterprise focused on raising literacy rates co-founded by my partner Monica More »

Pan Latino Tapas Restaurant Review: Purple Potatoes and Barrel-Aged Bourbon

Tapas, or small plates are popular in the restaurant industry and an easy way to try many different dishes on a menu. Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro recently opened its doors, offering the crème de More »



“Immigration Bill, I Hardly Knew Ya” I Say on Current TV

Immigrant participating in 'Time is Now' rally for immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I actually didn’t say this but this thought contains a legitimate question: the immigration bill survived nearly intact as it passed the judiciary committee on its way to a full Senate vote as early as next week. But what will it look like if  Read More...

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  Read More...

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  Read More...

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  Read More...

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,  Read More...

“…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  Read More...

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  Read More...

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  Read More...