Through the fire
Through the fire
By Araceli Arroyo — Her voice is strong yet calm, and it almost doesn’t match her small but resilient stature. Her hair is brown and gently frames her face; she is fiercely feminine. Despite her physical attributes, nothing was scaled down for 5-foot-1-inch Miriam Rodriguez...
Life lessons
Life lessons
By Jan Peña-Davis — “Thank you for coming today,” was my daily greeting to my class of high school juniors and seniors at Roberto Clemente Community Academy in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. I know that the simple of act of getting to school requires enormous...
When Mami Was Here
When Mami Was Here
By Lucia A. Crespo — Lourdes Lisette Crespo was disciplined, loyal, loving and also extremely goofy. “Lourdes por favor, por favor!” yelled out abuela to mami.  Abuela was not a jokester like mami was; she was more firm and serious.  Many times mami used to like cucando...
Mariachi Love story
Mariachi Love story
By Teresa Puente — At 60, my mom, Santa, was preparing to retire, sell the house we grew up in Oak Park and move someplace warmer than Chicago. We threw her a big birthday party and invited the whole familia – and that’s a lot of people considering she’s one of 11 children...
Mexican Today, Spanish Tomorrow
Mexican Today, Spanish Tomorrow
By Lisa Cisneros — “Cisneros? What are you Greek?”  This is the question I’m asked almost always after a person finds out that my last name is “Cisneros”.   You know people, I’m not even sure anymore. I can’t seem to get a straight answer. When people ask...