Hands- Las Señoras

I spent my Thanksgiving of 2015 in a New York City apartment with NYU medical students. In the morning we watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving’s day parade in person—a dream of mine—especially given that watching the Thanksgiving football game always wins out in my home. I still dream of the velvety overly indulgent banana pudding we…Read more Hands- Las Señoras

Real Social Work- Lorena

My $100,000 diploma may read ‘social work’ but at Education and Hope I am not the social worker. Our social worker calls herself by many names; accountant, community member, cousin, sister, and friend. Her name is Lorena. I think of her as the lifeblood of the program. If the program were a body she would…Read more Real Social Work- Lorena

What I Learned from Working at an Irish Pub in Guatemala

I started my short-term stint at Shamrock, Xela’s Irish pub, on Saint Patrick’s Day. I entered the bar early to encounter a few travelers passing through. Two older couples with European accents. Three young guys from Ireland of all places. My first thought was how strange is this, ‘interviewing’ to work at an Irish pub on…Read more What I Learned from Working at an Irish Pub in Guatemala

Apegarse En

¿Por qué apegarnos? Porqué es natural. Porqué fue la primera cosa que aprendemos a hacer cuando eramos bebés en un mundo nuevo. Eramos una parte de nuestras mamás, apegarnos a sus pechos que alimientaron nuestra necesidad de apego. Nos apegarnos a la supervivencia. Nos apegarnos para la comodidad. Nuestros deseos de estar cerca de otras…Read more Apegarse En

Dear High School Paige and Others Like Her

As I walked through those halls a few days ago I was once again reminded of those feelings. Signs of my school were plastered all over the buildings. The lockers still the same shade of dust and ‘bruin blue’. The scent of adolescent boys wafting out into the halls from the locker room. The dean…Read more Dear High School Paige and Others Like Her