Opinion

Quinceañeras and their traditions

06/27/2013
The celebration of the advent of a girl’s 15th birthday is becoming more and more widespread and magnificent among Latino immigrants and their descendants. Though a long-time family tradition in their countries, its origin is uncertain. Many think it has pre-Hispanic Mexican beginnings, others believe it arrived with the wealthy...

Quinceañeras y sus tradiciones

06/20/2013
Las fiestas de quince años para jovencitas son una costumbre que se arraiga cada vez más y con mayor majestuosidad en este país entre los inmigrantes latinos y sus descendientes, siguiendo una tradición familiar en sus países. Su origen es incierto, pues mientras muchos prefieren creer que es una costumbre...

Immigrants and discrimination

06/13/2013
In its primary sense the word “discrimination” means to distinguish between two or more things. If I like salsa verde better than salsa roja , I have discriminated between the two. The word is also commonly used to indicate inferior treatment of people of different groups based on certain preferences...

Huffman’s four mistakes on Drakes Estero

06/13/2013
Last week, the Sonoma City Council voted unanimously in support of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, and asked Congressman Jared Huffman to support a bipartisan Congressional investigation into the “questionable science” that misinformed Interior Secretary Salazar’s decision not to renew the farm’s permit. Huffman immediately rejected the council’s request. In so...

The eye of the beholder: What is it, then, that brings beauty to a garden?

06/13/2013
In January, when maple trees are leafless and dormant, I venture out with my clippers to do some pruning. Professional nurserymen and gardeners doubtless have precise notions about pruning. I don’t. I just stand back, peer at the maple for a few moments and then clip away. My objective is...

Renewables are not

06/13/2013
With each new greenwash of the day, marketing and media outlets persuade us that technology can continue to fuel our excesses. My optimistic colleagues ask, “Did you read about that XYZ study, that ABC product or that 123 silver-bullet energy source?” Meanwhile we’re witnessing the breakdown of our society on...

Inmigrantes y discriminación

06/06/2013
La palabra discriminar significa originalmente distinguir entre dos a más cosas para preferir una sobre las demás. Si me gusta más la salsa verde que la roja, estoy discriminando a esta última al preferir aquélla. Sin embargo, su uso más común ahora se refiere al trato de inferioridad que se...

Immigrants, with or without reform

05/30/2013
The story begins in a poor town, a farm or an abandoned suburb of the city and its terrible realities. The crop was ruined, there is no work or the work pays little, the children are hungry, the house is falling down, the services are poor or non-existent. There are...

Be there then: A new mantra for living

05/30/2013
Many wise and well-meaning men, and even wiser women, inspire us to live in the present. “Be here now” is their timeless mantra, repeated a million times in as many ashrams, temples, retreats and sweat lodges the world over. And it sounds so sensible, so transformational, spiritual and enlightened that...

Money and death

05/23/2013
In the face of overwhelming evidence that our exponential, growth-based economic system is destroying the very foundations of life on Earth, we remain trapped in the same motions that are bringing about our and other species’ collapse. How can this be? When we look deeply inside the human psyche we...

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