I am a generally positive person, a “glass half-full” kind of gal, so when I heard that September 13 is Positive Thinking Day, I knew this was a topic I could write easily about. I am part of a wonderful...
Hace unas semanas me encontré en Sam’s Club a una amiga que no veía hace casi 4 años, poco tiempo después de que naciera mi primer bebé. Al verla, me acerqué contenta a saludarla y ella, se alegra del...

Love Ya Like a Sister

I’ve always gotten along with my three sisters. Admittedly, there are childhood diary entries in purple crayon where I complain about how mean they are. For the most part, though, we’ve been a pretty happy bunch. From sports teams...
The other day someone made fun of my accent, and it really hurt my feelings. Well…kind of. Not really.  As I was doing my best to express myself in a language that is not my own, this person laughed at...
El otro día, alguien se burló de mí por la manera en la que hablo inglés, y la verdad es que me hizo sentir muy mal. Bueno, más o menos.  Estaba haciendo mi mejor esfuerzo por hablar inglés, y esta...
Texas isn't quite the Wild West it sometimes looks like in the movies. I mean, I never rode a horse to school, and I didn't own cowboy boots until I was an adult. But there are some things that...

Not a Mother’s Summer

Summertime has the ability to grant peace and rest for teachers, chaos and sometimes too much togetherness for stay-at-home moms, growth spurts for those babies heading into the toddler years, and enough eye rolls from the teenagers to last...
In just a few weeks, my oldest son will start Kindergarten, and I can’t avoid feeling anxious. I wonder what will happen, how he is going to feel, how I can support him, and so many other questions I...
When I moved to San Antonio two years ago, I didn’t know a soul. After nine years in Chicago raising babies, I was terrified to start all over again and leave behind an amazing mom tribe I had formed over...
I didn't grow up with a best friend. I grew up with the kids of my parents' friends. We did everything together, but we were far enough apart in age and life experiences that we never got emotionally very...
You’re basically living the lyrics straight out of Alanis’s "Ironic," I think to myself. This is a vacation you’ve waited for, counted down for months, weeks, and then finally, days. And yet, here you are: tears streaming down your...

Let Them Be Animals

From the age of one until about year 11, my daughter was a cat. She meowed, cleaned her face with her paws, and scampered around the house, chasing yarn and toy mice. I’d be lying if I said that...
In a sea of sameness, it’s good to be different. At least that’s what we like to tell ourselves, right?  My daughter and I took a trip to the American Girl® store in New York City, which is truly an...
It has been 10 years since I last saw my dad, a decade since I have heard his voice and held his hand. An eternity since I’ve been his little girl. My husband and I got married four months before...

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I’ve been a San Antonio resident for more than 20 years and a Southside resident for a decade. Growing up on the Northwest side,...