It’s 2:00 a.m. and I’m still awake. I’m so tired that I can’t stop yawning, and with each yawn, tears form—yet, sleep won’t come. The digital alarm clock teases me, its glow saying, “If you fall asleep now you’ll get four hours of sleep.” I try again and after tossing and turning for 30 minutes I … Continue reading The Insomniac Club: For the few, the proud, the sleepy
It was October 2009; I had quit my job and was just 10 short days away from a move to Puerto Rico, when my two best friends and I got matching tattoos. It was something we had discussed just a few weeks earlier—as adult women will do when imbibing one too many cocktails. It would … Continue reading Taboo of tattoos: Memories, regrets, and Moms
Originally published at Being Latino Online Magazine as Novelas for Dummies. When I was a little girl in Puerto Rico, I would climb out of bed, sneak into the living room and sit behind the recliner where my mom sat to watch her novelas. She would pretend I wasn’t there for the hour my favorite … Continue reading 8 things you should know before watching novelas
Originally published as "At a Loss for Words" at Being Latino Online Magazine At the age of 7 ½ my parents decided to separate and Mami packed up my three siblings and me, and we left Puerto Rico; Chicago bound. I had graduated first grade just a few months before and had confidently learned to … Continue reading Speaking Spanish is just like riding a bike?