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MI TRAYECTORIA EN LLEGAR A SER UN ESTADOUNIDENSE

No es raro que las personas que llegan a los Estados Unidos de diferentes países pasen por un doloroso proceso de aculturación.  El tiempo que toma se basa en las experiencias individuales y, por supuesto, en el tipo de personalidad de cada uno: lleva más tiempo para los introvertidos.  Teniendo en cuenta que viví este […]

PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA – FRIEND OR FOE?

British statesman Sir Winston Churchill once declared that “the inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”  I agree with that capitalism, unlike any other economic system in the world, has lifted billions of people out of poverty and provided much hope […]

IF GIVEN A CHANCE, WOMEN CAN HANG, TOO!

I take very seriously the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saying, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Having said this, I considered what Harvard President Larry Summers said about women in the sciences to be totally inaccurate. Ergo, I wrote the following Letter to the Editor, which the Washington Times published on […]

IN PURSUIT OF PERFECTION?!!

There are so many people out there looking for Prince Charming, for the right selectee, for the best writing sample, for the best me. Perfection is a goal that we all strive for. We might get close to it, but it is unattainable. So, why waste so much time and resources looking for something that […]

AUTHENTICITY OF LEADERS

We are all familiar with the differences between management and leadership. While both serve an organization well, the leader brings about change more rapidly. This is because managers get their authority by being selected for their positions, while leaders gather followers through their own choice. Managers rule by policies, rules, and regulations, whereas leaders rely […]

COMING TO GRIPS WITH MY CATHOLIC FAITH

Before moving to the Tampa Area in Florida in 2014, I had taken a leave of absence from attending Sunday Mass in Virginia.  My hope was that the homilies that presiding priests and deacons gave would be a source of spiritual inspiration to carry me through the week.   With very few exceptions, the homilies […]

Can Songs Sung in Spanish Win The Big Music Awards At The Grammys?

Leonard Pitts, in the Tampa Bay Times, cites Seren Sensei, a panelist on an internet series on African-American issues, to argue that many Americans prefer to listen to black music from a nonblack face. And to prove her point, she brings to the picture Bruno Mars for winning song and album of the year at […]

2014 HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. IS THERE ANYTHING TO CELEBRATE?

Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s been nearly fifty years since the United States has been celebrating this observance annually. By passage of Public Law 100-402 in 1988, the U.S. Congress authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation to designate the period from September 15 through October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month. Presidents have […]

MEANING OF “HOME SWEET HOME”

A question that many have asked in the past.  Thus, why am I dwelling on it now? What does the word “home” mean to me? Because it is a question that has a special meaning to everyone who asks. It is personal.  It’s similar to the love theme that has been addressed in so many […]

A CUBAN-AMERICAN WOMAN WHO HAD A DREAM!

I saw two films this week on the platform TUBI that had contrasting and impacting messages – and that resonated deeply with me. The first one was a French production – and most of you know the tendency of French film directors to have risqué plots.  The film “Desire” dealt with 25-year-old Cecille who tried […]

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