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I am catching on to this concept of chronicling life through pictures. I’m a word…

First draft done!

Honey bunches, it’s been a mad scramble, and I’ve had a TON of help from…

NEW EVENT! See you in Barnes and Noble

Yvonne and Alison and I are actually doing TWO Barnes and Nobles events on June…

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  • Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – Chelsea

Adventures in publishing

I am really enjoying this book publicity stuff, as I knew I would.  I am living the dream! When I was a little undocumented girl living in a ratty basement, I would entertain my parents by putting on fashion shows with feather boas and wigs, making entrance after entrance just so that I could change…

The world spins

The phone rang this morning at 8:05 a.m.. It was a call timed as only someone who knows when I drop off my children at school can time it, because he sometimes shares the chore. “Good morning,” I answered. “Good morning,” said my ex-husband. “You know I talk to you now more than I did when…

The world spins

Yearning to Breathe Free: The Irreverent Illegal Girl’s Rant on Independence Day

I love the 4th of July.  Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, I had a conflicted relationship with it.  On the one hand, I loved everything about it – the flags, the red, white and blue on everything, the fireworks and, of course, the story.  On the other hand, I knew that it was just…

Too old is no excuse

Somewhere in my life, I went from feeling too young to do things to too old. The truth is that making the “age” argument is a cop out on both ends of the life spectrum. You can always find ways in which others are more experienced making you, therefore, too young. You can also find…

Too old is no excuse

Birth Wars

In today’s birthing world, no decision about pregnancy and newborns seems easy.  Epidural or not?  Midwife or doctor?  Breastfeeding and pumping, or supplemental formula?  Every decision is wrought with political, maternal and cultural subtext.  Breastfeed and you’re a good mom, but breastfeed too long and you’re a militant.  Give birth with an epidural and you’re…

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Thank you for an awesome time, Somewhat Virtual Book Club

I had a great time last night at the Somewhat Virtual Book Club, a group that meets both in person at various schools and on a Google Hangout, making the conversation span the whole country. We had a far-ranging and engaging…

Thanks for visiting my site

I’m so grateful you’re here! Looking for something? Here are a few of the most…

Buy THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY

THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY,  a young adult novel about an undocumented teenager, has been…

Essays

Mother’s Day – an essay on ambivalence

I’ve always been ambivalent about Mother’s Day, but I’ve never been able to put my…

There is always after

I don’t deal with bad news well.  No one does, I guess, but I am…

A Dear John to the Port Authority

For everyone who has commuted via mass transit into New York City.  Or anywhere else,…

Birth Wars

In today’s birthing world, no decision about pregnancy and newborns seems easy.  Epidural or not?  Midwife or doctor?  Breastfeeding and pumping, or supplemental formula?  Every decision is wrought with political, maternal and cultural subtext.  Breastfeed and you’re a good mom,…

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