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 »

Education Wednesday: How to be an Education Advocate

Anyone can be an advocate for great education! Yet as parents, mentors, and friends we are not always sure of what we can do to support our students‘ learning needs. National reforms such as Common Core More »

Behind Every Great Man Is A Great Woman: The Importance of Female Role Models

Women often work behind the scenes to help distinguished men and women achieve greatness. To end Women’s History Month which also coincides with Cesar Chavez Day, we highlight Helen Chavez, the wife of the labor and civil More »

Education Wednesday: Preparing Students for Technical Careers

To help more students reach lucrative and stable jobs upon graduation, many new educational models are emerging to provide young people with early vocational training. However, beyond familiar positions such as plumbers and electricians, More »



Anatomy of an Immigration Debate: Presidential Carne Asada at NCLR

President Barack Obama at the NCLR 2011 Annual Conference

Latinos are often described as a “friendly” audience for Democrats and Barack Obama. Therefore it was surprising when the President threw out some “red meat” to rev up the simpaticos at the annual convention of the National Council of La Raza  Read More...

Blogging to Stop Brutality: My More Magazine Interview with a Juárez Blogger

More Magazine-June 2011

I can’t remember when I started reading Judith Torrea’s blog, Ciudad Juárez: en la sombra del narcotráfico/Juárez: in the shadow of Drug Trafficking.  But once I started, I read and Torrea’s raw prose left my heart riddled with anger at failed  Read More...

Nominated for Blogs By Latina’s 2011 Best News / Politics Blog!

2011 Blogs by Latinas Awards

Have you ever wanted to strangle the next person who says, “Think positive, because positive energy will beget more positive energy” with the quartz that’s daintily dangling on a necklace around their neck? I would dig my hands deep into  Read More...

JLO & Marc Anthony: The Curse of the Successful Woman

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I’m a fan of Jennifer Lopez, as evidenced by the posts “J-LO: Gillette Gams of Gold“ and “Globe Is Golden, Lovely Ladies are Latinas” because she is one of the few women who looks like me (to be clear, I am  Read More...

The High Heeled Kitchen Video: Q & A with “Top” Chef Richard Sandoval

The High Heeled Kitchen-Chef Richard Sandoval Q & A

I am a chica with a serious appetite.  I love to eat as much as I adore the rituals around food: family gatherings, learning how to make arepas or arroz con coco while chatting with PAPI, celebrations of milestones and holidays as  Read More...

Anatomy of an Immigration Debate: Brown Faces at the White House

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“E pluribus unum” –Motto found on the seal of the United States The dictum “Out of many, one” is as ubiquitous–officially–as it is defining of  U.S. mythology. It is imprinted on money which underscores how critical it is to the  Read More...

The High Heeled Kitchen – Cozumel Ceviche Video

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Ceviche. Food of the gods, savored year-round in Latin American tropical coastal communities. This fish dish is also perfecto for summer. Some people fear raw fish.  ¡Silly rabbit!, says the chica who’s paid the dear price of reckless-but ooh-soooo-goooood eating  Read More...

6 Minute Career Climb: Moving Up, Moving On Video

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6 Minute Career Climb Tip of the Day: The People Who Ask Are the Ones Who Get Noticed. “6 Minute Career Climb: More Money” reveals how to secure the best compensation package once you’re offered the job.  ”6 Minute Career Climb:  Read More...