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George Bush Presidential Library – how you mock me

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I read this post last week and I put it on my (ridiculously, incredibly long) list of things to write about.  George Bush Presidential Library?  Seriously? I  decided I would write a post about how crazy unfair it is that I have exactly ZERO libraries with my name on them, although I’ve dedicated my life […]

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Sitting on a park bench on a sunny afternoon

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Three and a half years ago I went through what can only be characterized as a bloody divorce.  We had been estranged for years before that, but my ex-husband still did not cope well when I finally filed.  We underwent the kind of desperate fight you can only engage in when you think everything is […]

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Announcing: Blog tour in June!

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Anyone who knows me knows that my birthday is a month-long event.  Coming smack-dab in the middle of June as it does, I have long considered June “Maria Month.”  So it stands to reason that I would kick-off my book promotion in my favorite month, when flowers are in bloom, the air is sweet and […]

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The best movies about break-ups

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Recently, I went to brunch with an old friend I hadn’t seen in about a year.  We used to be very close, talking every day, but then life took us in different directions.  She’s the kind of friend that you feel like you just saw yesterday no matter how much time has passed.  So it […]

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Bomb scare in the Port Authority

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Because, you know, the Port Authority isn’t bad enough on its own. Initial reports seem unclear but someone posted that some clown left a box with toy granades.  Freaking hilarious, loser!  Wow, that’s just so clever. Pardon me while I indulge in just the teensiest rant about it.  While there is no accounting for idiots, […]

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A bittersweet freedom

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She turned my life upside down in the most painful way imaginable 10 years ago.  Then she disappeared.  Yesterday, she wrote me on Facebook, asking for a big favor.  It was something of a shock, sitting as I was at my desk eating a granola bar, minding my own business. Her email began, “I’ve been […]

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When cabs attack

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Okay, okay, it’s wrong to blame it on the cab.  But “When dumb criminals carjack cabs and wedge them in front of my supermarket” was too long for a title. So… this morning I dropped my kids off at middle school and then headed back in the direction of my house.  The road usually takes […]

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Immigration and the Boston Marathon bombing

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One of the reasons I began to tell my story about having been an undocumented immigrant was 9/11.  More specifically, the way it became acceptable to talk about immigrants following the terrorist attacks.  The fear following the most horrific attacks on American soil was cultivated by some to further their own agendas.  They screamed out […]

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(VIDEO) Starting the video blog with tulips

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I’ve been meaning to start a video component to this blog for a while now.  Finally, here it is.  Most of my videos will have to do with topics in my book, but today I felt like introducing you to my tulips.  There’s a reason.  They’re special tulips. I’ve got a bit of the Kim […]

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Boston and what I know

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Watching Humvees with army-type guys armed to the teeth rolling down the quiet streets of Cambridge is hard for me.  For one, I have spent significant time in Cambridge and I love it there. For another, I have a natural aversion to the idea of a militarized presence in an American city.  More than anything, […]

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