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New York Public Library Event

I’ve been asked to do a reading and signing at the New York Public Library…

Watch a clip from Fox 5 Good Day Street Talk

It was such fun to be interviewed by Lisa Evers on Fox5 Good Day Street…

Watch me on Fox 5!

I will be on Fox 5′s Good Day Street Talk this coming Saturday, March 29th…

Assembly at Los Angeles School

Assembly at Los Angeles School

Today I did a presentation at Gertz-Ressler High School and Richard Merkin Middle School in…

New Book Events Added

Being a Jersey girl (think culture and gardening, not high hair and drama), it stands…

TSSoE

  • San Francisco Book Review
  • Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – Chelsea
  • Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – M.T.
  • Meet the Characters in The Secret Side of Empty – Nate

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…

WHAT THE WHAT

People, there is SNOW ON MY DAFFODILS ON APRIL 15th.  Make that ten minutes into the 16th.  Do I live in Alaska?  The Arctic Circle?  NO.  Gardening hardiness zone 6B, meaning… Forget what it means.  We are going to hell in a hand basket in a hurry is what it means. I am officially losing…

WHAT THE WHAT

WHAT THE WHAT

People, there is SNOW ON MY DAFFODILS ON APRIL 15th.  Make that ten minutes into the 16th.  Do I live in Alaska?  The Arctic Circle?  NO.  Gardening hardiness zone 6B, meaning… Forget what it means.  We are going to hell in a hand basket in a hurry is what it means. I am officially losing…

WHAT THE WHAT

The Rainbow Connection with lyrics

I first heard The Rainbow Connection when a teacher played it for me in the fourth grade, preparing us to sing it for a school pageant.  It came into my life at a scary time for me.  I had just come over the U.S./Mexico border undocumented a year before.  I had started my first-ever  year…

The Rainbow Connection with lyrics

New York Public Library Event

I’ve been asked to do a reading and signing at the New York Public Library and YOU’RE invited! Click here for more details.…

Immigration

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…

Gotta love the “Superman is an Immigrant” campaign

I have always had a thing for Superman.  I remember going to see the original…

Immigration and the Boston Marathon bombing

One of the reasons I began to tell my story about having been an undocumented…

The Journey from Illegal

In the jumble of feelings and paperwork that is a divorce, my naturalization certificate disappeared. …

Essays

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,…

A Hurricane of Anger

It only takes me 4 days with no power and heat to see violence in…

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 finger on why that is. Then I read this essay by Anne Lamott and I think I figured it out. As a daughter, the forced…

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