Sep 02, 2014

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The Holiday Season: Tiempo to Relax

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The Holiday Season: Tiempo to Relax Thanksgiving is over and Black Friday is here! It’s the beginning of the hectic Christmas holiday season. This is the time of the year when articles and reports on how to manage the stress of the holiday season pop up everywhere. Stress during a holiday season? I don’t think […]

Inspirada by TED: Life Change in 30 Days

New Year's Resolutions 2012

Recently, I made public my love for TED. Some who read that confession probably thought that what I professed as love was rather infatuation. However, I am happy to report that my love for TED is evolving. I continue to watch more TED Talks. The other day I watched one that is perfect for this […]

How Many Stories Do Your Fotos Tell?

Photography

Photography Built-in cameras in cellphones have made photography a common occurrence in our lives.  I like photography, especially travel photography, because photos tell stories:  the camera becomes the medium through which I take in what is in front of me and the “black box” that produces the story I want to convey.  There have been […]

Homemade cereals

homemade cereals

Image source Start out your day healthy with homemade cereals The cereal aisle is probably one if not the most overrated and overpriced grocery store’s aisle if we think about the low nutritional value per dollar we derive from eating the sugar-laden concoction that most cereals are. Most adults and children eat at least 2-3 […]

Water or leche?

baby boy

As I walk into the Latino hair salon/barbershop where I get my hair done, I observe a sweet scene: a young Latino dad feeding his son a biberón of milk while he talks to his buddies and waits for his turn to get his hair cut. When I take a second look at the scene, […]

My favorite NYC

NYC

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

Volando

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!

Jose

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 […]

What barbecue grill?

BBQ

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 […]

Bilingual Brain

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A Few Líneas – less than 200-word posts on everyday trivial and not-so-trivial observations, by Dharma E. Cortes. I am watching ‘Man on Wire,’ a documentary about a French tightrope walker chasing a dream: walk between the Twin Towers (circa 1974). His French, Australian, and American comrades who helped him make the dream come true are interviewed. […]

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