Oct 31, 2014

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Growing Up With My Abuelas

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  My abuelas have always lived nearby. In fact, for most of my early childhood, they lived on the same block (one was across the street!). This was convenient for my parents – and it certainly didn’t go unappreciated. My grandmothers could take care of my sister and me while they worked or pick us […]

Latina and Buddhist: “I Start My Day Practicing Compassion”

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At New Latina, we celebrate and honor diversity among Latina women.  The Spirituality Series showcases Latina women’s faith and spirituality, highlighting how they choose to live a centered and guided life.   Spirituality Profile:  Yvonne Valdes Miller, Ph.D. Married, Two children Occupation:  Teaches child development and literacy education at a small private university in the […]

Cultural & Developmental Implications for Counseling Survivors of Disasters

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Cultural & Developmental Implications for Counseling Survivors of Disasters Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and lasts through November. The National Hurricane Center has predicted another busy hurricane season.  As someone who experienced 9/11 up close and personal, I understand intimately how firsthand and vicarious trauma from man made and natural disasters can have an […]

Growing Up with Hair Rollers and Bobby Pins

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This post was previously published on September 10, 2010.  Photo by Adam Jones, PhD  At the age of 10, my mother could no longer manage my hair. “You have too much hair…I can’t deal with it…” she would repeatedly say in Spanish, as she brushed and pulled my thick and wavy hair into three tamed […]

My favorite NYC

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Beautiful light, fewer pedestrians, nannies with their charges sitting at a park, a mom with both baby and doggy sitting side by side in the two stroller’s compartments, street vendors setting up their wares, restaurants, food stalls and food trucks getting ready for the lunch crowd…It must be midmorning in New York City— my favorite […]

Flying to San Juan

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On a plane from Boston to San Juan I see many happy yet tense-looking fellow Puerto Rican passengers. The Puerto Rican lady sitting next to me barely moved, did not take a snack (not even water) nor did she respond when I asked her a question. Stormy weather, very bumpy ride as we approach San […]

¡La vida te da sorpresas!

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A hard-to-please reviewer on Yelp describes the tactic he employed to make sure that the Japanese restaurant he was about to visit was the “Real deal.” He called ahead, spoke Japanese, and was relieved to hear “moshi moshi” instead of “Hola” or “Hey, bro.” Upon visiting the restaurant, finding a menu with hard-to-find Japanese dishes […]

Meet Quinoa: Mother Grain of the Inca Civilization

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  Quinoa (keen-wa) was once called “the gold of the Incas,” or “mother grain.”  The Inca tribe turned to this ancient grain to increase the stamina of their warriors and believed the grain to be sacred.  I like the Incas also believe Quinoa packs a powerful punch. The punch our body needs, craves and deserves.  Weeks of working,  family activites and […]

What barbecue grill?

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Summertime is barbecue time, but usually most regular grills are eyesores in most patios and fancy grills are often ostentatious. For these two reasons I did not own a grill until this year. My recently acquired charcoal grill is not an eyesore nor ostentatious. It actually beautifies my small courtyard in a very obvious yet […]

“What Are You?”: Confessions From a Multiracial Latina

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“What Are You?”: Confessions From a Multiracial Latina I can usually tell when it’s coming because the person squints with this perplexed look, shaking their head from side to side, and in slow motion the words roll off of their tongue…What are you? I’ve gotten the question from colleagues, audience members, old ladies on the bus, […]

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