Archive for November 11th, 2010

November 11, 2010

Whose daughter am I?

by Arlene Olivencia

When trying to come up with something to share with my beloved Latinos, I sometimes get stumped. I decided to just let it hit me, like those random poles that I never seem to see. One afternoon, while speaking with my girlfriends, one of them mentioned how she is a lot like her mother, others like their father. This sparked a conversational frenzy about who we take after and it got me thinking…whose daughter am I?  I was raised with my biological parents, so I had a lifetime of raw data to work with. I had to set aside their parental persona and look at them as the male and female DNA strands that decided to link and create me.

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November 11, 2010

Gone too soon

As a society we are in such a rush to, well, rush time.  By Sunday afternoon we begin cursing the arrival of Monday.  We then somehow manage to make it to Wednesday only to have to climb over its hump so that we can see the light of the weekend.  We are so busy trying to just get through another day, that we don’t appreciate the moments for what they are.

In honor of time and as a hopeful reminder that we should slow down and appreciate it, we honor some who left us too soon; who didn’t have enough time…

Ritchie Valens (born Ricardo Esteban Valenzuela Reyes)

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November 11, 2010

The reader meets the writers

by Eileen Rivera-de la Hoz

If you write it, I will read. Many of my author friends know that. I am a voracious reader and enjoy nothing better than curling up with a good book. I also tend to be a loyal fan. If I like your writing style and content, I will buy every book you will ever write. While I read many genres and am loyal to many authors, there is nothing that makes my heart smile more than a good book written by a Latino.

I recently attended an author panel titled Upside and Downside of being a Latina Author. The participants were Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Linda Nieves-Powell,  Marcela Landres Michele Carlo, Raquel Ortiz, and Caridad Piñeiro. Some of these authors’ books already have a home on my bookshelves; the others were purchased at the event. The panel moderator, Elizabeth Llorente, asked each author to weigh in on one question, author vs. Latina author.

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November 11, 2010

In honor of Veterans Day

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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November 11, 2010

Doctor vs. healer

by Jeanelle Roman

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”

It is often said that learning is a lifelong process. For millennia, people have gone to healers, and in many cultural customs, it is widely accepted to see a healer rather than a doctor.

A healer in the most traditional sense is a person who has learned how to teach the body to heal itself and shares that wisdom with others.  Hence, a curandero/a is a person who utilizes spiritual elements, especially holy water used in Catholicism and praying to saints, to heal someone who suffers from a physical or spiritual debility or ailment.  Yerberos are herbalists, those in the Latino tradition who use herbs for remedios. Though there are varied approaches to spiritual healers throughout the world, one thing is common among them: they look at the whole person and figure out a course of action soon thereafter.  Unlike doctors, healers also teach those with questions how to use the power of either or both spiritual or herbal approaches, and get to the root causes.

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