Tag Archives: California

Vagabond (children & sisters)

I make it home alone after 13 hours of driving in the dark night. We barely stopped to eat or drink. My sister used her last bit of cash for a motel room in Quincy (she’ll stay in motels for … Continue reading

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Mary of the Chance Encounters out now on Audio CD

I’m happy to announce my CD release of Mary of the Chance Encounters which features me reading eight short stories on an hour length CD. The CD was produced by Wretched Productions and written by me. Here’s the synopsis: Mary … Continue reading

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On Being THE ONLY LATINA on a Rural College Campus

To be honest, I didn’t move up to Plumas County thinking I was going to be the only Latina/o teaching on a rural college campus. It didn’t occur to me that there would be a shortage of us on campus … Continue reading

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The Year We Got Used to Burning

I woke up to a text message from my aunt who was writing me from her new digs at the Red Cross shelter in Calistoga. Sometime in the night her town of Middleton, California began to burn. She’s there with … Continue reading

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End of an Era (Or Another Adjunct Bites the Dust)

Quick. Trick question: What do you call the person in a community college English department who publishes on a regular basis, is multi-talented, energetic, goes to conferences, keeps up in her field, goes above and beyond the call of duty, … Continue reading

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Mission Walk

I’ve tried to explain to my daughter who wants to know why I have almost but not quite cried all afternoon it’s the ghosts, I tell her I can’t walk near Alvarado/Guerrero because cancer got that one I can’t walk … Continue reading

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Notes from the Train

I’m on the San Joaquin # 714 Amtrak train bound for Bakersfield.  It’s the only time Bakersfield is a destination for anyone. On the Amtrak in the no man’s land time between Christmas and New Year’s, not many people are … Continue reading

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