Monthly Archives: May 2014

Death and Dreams

Yesterday I attended a memorial for a former co-worker who abruptly passed away at the tender age of 23. I was shocked when I heard the news. I wasn’t necessarily grief stricken because I no longer worked with him and no longer saw him after that. Continue reading

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The Artist’s Way

Artist's WayAuthor: Julia Cameron

The first time I did The Artist’s Way, I was in my mid-twenties and in a rut. I had writer’s block and was stuck in all arenas of my life. I was working in film production and was all about it but still skeptical. My brother had a copy of this book and I did the 12 week program with a meetup group years ago in NYC.  Continue reading

Lolita

LolitaAuthor: Vladimir Nabokov

Publisher: Vintage (1955)

Nabokov’s prose is simply excellent, stellar, and beautiful. The writing is undeniably eloquent and clever on all fronts. The story about Humbert, although, as everyone knows is disturbing but not as disturbing as one might think. In the afterword by Nabokov, he writes how people read the first “act” so to speak of the book and when nothing truly erotic happened, they became bored. I wasn’t bored but after a certain event happened, I remembered thinking, “There are 200 more pages of this?!?!” Humbert is a despicable human being and what he did to Lolita, even if she wasn’t a virgin, is inexcusable.  Continue reading

Documented – Define American

DocumentedLast night I attended a screening of the film, Documentedwritten, directed, and produced by Jose Antonio Vargas who is an undocumented American from the Philippines. His film was about his undocumented status and you wonder, why hasn’t he been deported? Well, he doesn’t pose a threat because he’s a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, he pays taxes, and he has become a productive member of America.   Continue reading

Orange Is the New Black

OITNBAuthor: Piper Kerman

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (2010)

When the TV show incarnation of this book was released last summer on Netflix, this became my new obsession. The first episode was okay but the ensemble cast kept me invested. Piper Chapman was this privileged white chick in low security prison who was seduced by money and everything that came with it. All of her choices on the show made me want to punch her. Continue reading

Wise Latinas – Book Review

Wise latinasAuthor/Editor: Jennifer De Leon

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (2014)

During my Screen Free Week challenge, this book literally caught my eye on a stroll through the new books section in the library. This book took me a week to read (I would have finished sooner if I didn’t have to read Lolita for book club – another post) and I feel inspired by the stories in this collection. This creative non-fiction book will elicit my own higher education story which I’ll submit to a publication one day.  Continue reading

Screen Free Week – Day Seven

On Sunday, I called my parents who live in the Dominican Republic and wished my mom a happy Mother’s Day. The Mother’s Day is on the last Sunday of the month for the country so my mom didn’t expect a happy anything. She obliged me anyway. Then I called my close friends who are mothers and wished them a great day.  Continue reading