Natalie Caceres – Reading President Obama’s Statement on Castro’s Death

Natalie Caceres – Reading President Obama’s Statement on Castro’s Death

I don’t often post about politics because, while social media can act as a medium for dialogue amongst likeminded individuals, it is a medium for inciting conflict amongst those with differing views. With that said, this post is not intended to spark any conflict; I ask that it be respected as an act of freedom of expression. While I disagree with President Obama on most issues, I have always acknowledged that he is my country’s President. Consequently, I have never…

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First Job Experience

First Job Experience

In 1981, I left Cuba with my parents and five siblings. We were all experiencing an array of emotions as we embarked on this new journey filled with new experiences. When we left Cuba, we first resided in Costa Rica, where we lived approximately one month while we completed and filed some documents that were required in order for us to reach our final destination, the United States of America (U.S.A.). Once everything was in order we were able to…

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Sofia Parody – My Dad’s Perfect Arepa Dough

Sofia Parody – My Dad’s Perfect Arepa Dough

My entire family is from Colombia. We moved to the States in the year 2000. Back in Colombia, my dad would rarely cook. He would slice an apple, at most. However, I distinctly remember that when we moved to Miami, my dad started making homemade Arepas. An Arepa is a type of flat and round food made of ground maize dough, similar to a tortilla. It is also eaten in Venezuela and it’s delicious! Newly moved to the U.S., my dad…

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NOT KNOWING ONE LANGUAGE OR THE OTHER

NOT KNOWING ONE LANGUAGE OR THE OTHER

My parents, brother, sister and I came to the United States in 1962. I had just turned 5 years old, and was just learning to speak my Spanish language, found myself all confused when I saw that I was having to learn to speak another language. It was bad enough that I would call the toilet in Spanish “orinadoro” instead of “inodoro”. My brother and my sister knew how to speak a little bit of English because I understand that they…

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Cuban Sayings – Armando Caceres

Cuban Sayings – Armando Caceres

El es un salvaje Esa mujer es un monstruo Eres un bárbaro Eso está de película Al tigre siempre le salen las rayas Ave María Purísima La gatica de María Ramos que tira la piedra y esconde la mano Cambie la vaca por la chiva No me digas Caramba!

My Story – Armando Caceres

My Story – Armando Caceres

July 19, 1993 on this date All Florida Paper opened its doors for the first time. We had been preparing for this date for just about three months. In this short period of time we had to find a small building which would serve as our distribution center. We had to purchase two trucks and find two drivers for them. We had to purchase racks and a forklift. We had to find a warehouse manager for our distribution center and…

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Jonathan Espinoza – The Mexican-American Experience

Jonathan Espinoza – The Mexican-American Experience

Today I had an amazing FaceTime conversation with a dear friend of mine in Hawaii and the issue of identity came up. She asked me, “Jon, when people ask what yo are, what do you say?” Immediately I thought of my sophomore year at Georgetown when I was watching the Selena movie and her father goes on a rant about how difficult it is to be Mexican American. It really is difficult. Growing up at school I was a gringo…

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Alyssa Urrutia – Grandma Nieves’ Recipe

Alyssa Urrutia – Grandma Nieves’ Recipe

I know that in my family the favorite dessert is my Grandmother’s flan. It is the one staple that makes me think of my childhood. In light of Hispanic Heritage Month, I thought I’d share my Grandmother’s recipe for flan. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of sugar 6 egg yolks 2 Cups of milk 3 egg whites 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 cup water Prepare the caramel by adding the 1/4 cup of water to 3/4 cups of sugar in a…

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Ana Rodriguez – Refranes De Mi Abuelita

Ana Rodriguez – Refranes De Mi Abuelita

Nunca es tarde si la dicha llega. No van lejos los de alante si los de atras corren bien. No dejes camino por vereda. No por mucho madrugar amanece mas temprano El que no cuida lo que tiene a pedir se queda. Mas hace el que quiere que el que puede. No hay mal que por bien no venga. Haz bien y no mires a quien. Cuando el rio suena es porque algo trae. Nadie sabe lo que tiene hasta…

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Armando Caceres – Cuban Sayings

Armando Caceres – Cuban Sayings

El es un salvaje Esa mujer es un monstruo Eres un bárbaro Eso está de película Al tigre siempre le salen las rayas Ave María Purísima La gatica de María Ramos que tira la piedra y esconde la mano Cambie la vaca por la chiva No me digas Caramba!