Why I Attended a Community Meeting About #Immigration

Many of you know that I am a cucaracha de iglesia and attend Mass every Sunday. My busy summer schedule shifts going to church to St. Matt’s–the majestic cathedral in Washington, D.C. where John More »

From Stress to Success in the City: Part 2: Renting vs Buying

If you feel established financially, buying a home, loft, condo, or apartment may be the right option for you. Establishing a mortgage payment rather than a rent check may be more attainable than you think. More »

Please Knock Before You Walk in on My #FoodPorn: National Tequila Month at El Centro D.F.

Refreshing. Fresh. Creative. Delicate. If my taste buds had thoughts and could articulate them, this is what they would be screaming after savoring the menu at El Centro D.F. in the Georgetown More »

From Stress to Success in the City Part I: Renting vs Buying

When moving to a new city, finding a place to live can leave you wondering, “should I rent or should I buy?” Weighing the pros and cons of renting before you commit More »

Mass Mothers and Children Deportations Discussed with former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. On MSNBC

‘merica isn’t having a good day when almost three dozen mothers and kids are flown back to a worn-torn country and it doesn’t make as much a blip as, for example, José Antonio Vargas–immigrant More »

Summer Break: Smart Packing for Beach Trips

A recent getaway to Jamaica taught me a great deal about items that should be staples when traveling to the beach. Factors such as safety around water, hair damage, and boredom are all issues that could More »

From Stress to Success in the City: 4 Reasons to Utilize Your Alumni Network

When moving to a new city, it is important to quickly establish a contact base. Joining alumni groups are a great way to network for potential professional contacts and opportunities and easier because of the common ground More »

VIDEO: Unaccompanied Kids, Humanitarian “Crisis” or “Situation”? On MSNBC

Overheard: for President Obama, the unaccompanied children flooding the border has forced immigration from policy to politics. This assertion reflects a Beltway echo chamber, resulting in a disconnect that fails to capture More »



The Death of Osama bin Laden: a Reflection on 9/11

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“Turn on the TV NOW.” This text from Lil’ Sis pulled me out of bed before midnight on Sunday. Like millions around the world, I learned that Osama bin Laden, the diabolical mastermind behind the most deadly terrorist attacks on  Read More...

SEAL an Anchor Baby? How an Assumption Became Truth (and I’m Not Talking about la Virgen María)

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As details of Osama bin Laden’s assassination spread virally throughout the internet, so are rumors that one of the Navy SEALs involved in arguably one of history’s most anticipated deaths is an “anchor baby” or a child born to illegal immigrants in  Read More...

Open Letter to Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel

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Dear Mr. Stengel, When I noticed the lack of Latinos and Latin Americans in the 2011 Time 100, I thought: Again?  My criticism does not probe whether Gossip Girl Blake Lively should be on the same “list” as Afghan prosecutor  Read More...

The High Heeled Kitchen: Royal Wedding Cake Recipes-Boda Real Style

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Confesión: I was up at the crack of dawn to see every frame of William and Kate’s Wedding Extravaganza, as Little Girl Me was when Diana wed Charles, and Local Brownsville, Texas Reporter Me was when Spain’s Felipe, Prince of  Read More...

Bebé Plus Me: To Go Back to Work or Not to Go Back to Work. That is the question.

Viviana Hurtado in Latina Magazine: "Anchor Baby": When a Dictionary Definition Makes a Political Statement

Before Hamlet famously declared “to be or not to be,” Mamis have been struggling with the decision to go back to work, if we can afford it, or stay at home.  Two of my closest friends had their daughters within  Read More...

Master Class: Latin Rock Star Juanes & DC Public School Students

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It’s hard not to crush on the Colombian Rock Star Juanes: His music fuses different rhythms and traditions, including old school Latin American Baladas, Classic Rock, Cumbias, and the Nueva Trova or Nueva Canción (sounds and socio-political messages).  As it/he  Read More...

The High Heeled Kitchen Video: ¿Red or White Wine?

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Normally, I have a story that accompanies a post: I could have written about developing a taste for wine helped by the fact that I grew up in San Francisco, close to the glorious Napa Valley; how I once dreamed  Read More...

Latinos’ Bad Credit, No Credit, Big Problem: TWLC Interviews Progreso Financiero’s James Gutierrez

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“In this country if you don’t have a credit score, it’s like not having a face.” -James Gutierrez, Progreso Financiero Because of the global financial crisis, we know how integral credit is to economic growth, recovery, and overall U.S. competitiveness.   Read More...