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Becoming Role Models

Above: The boys of the 2014 5000 Role Models clue at WJ Bryan Elementary take the pledge not to do drugs, carry firearms or wear their pants below the waist. Our boys are in trouble these days, especially so if they come from poor homes, especially if their skin is dark, even…

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Mango Molasses Corn Cakes

This recipe is a Caribbean twist on traditional pancakes. If mango is not available, peaches would make a good swap. Mango Molasses Corn Cakes   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 30 mins   A delicious alternative to traditional pancakes. Author: CreativEliza Recipe type: Breakfast Cuisine: comfort…

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Confessions of a Cougar

Today is my birthday. I turn forty-___, well lets just leave it at that. I’m not embarrassed by my age at all but I just don’t like define myself by a number. So I thought of this provocative title for this post to achieve just that: provoke. I don’t consider myself a…

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Fiesta Latina in North Miami

Above: Dominican dancers in front of Alcazar de Colon (Columbus’ palace) in Santo Domingo. Last Saturday was a busy day, as Saturdays usually are. We spent the afternoon bike riding in the park after running some errands, waiting for my son to finish Science Camp. Then we loaded all the bikes on…

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Through Indian Eyes

Above: Krisna statue, photo courtesy of and all quotes below from Atanu Deb For me, photography is capturing the lost moments from your perspective… One of the benefits of writing a blog with international subject matter is that I’ve made some international connections. One of them is, in many ways, my professional…

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september eleven

rousing to a sonic boom i confuse it with the daily rumble of the traffic on canal emerging from the holland tunnel myself, wrapped in bedcovers warm rolled, regarding window view twin towers in their testament of global commerce gone askew 8:45, eyes still blurred drugged down from dark and dreamful sleep…

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Let Children Sing

Above: A chorus performance at the summer recital for the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Miami, Florida. My daughter Elsa is the third from the right. This summer my children had the opportunity to participate in an amazing performing arts summer camp held by the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC)….

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How I Learned to Love Cooking

Above: Jars of colorful spices [image source] I love to cook. I love it so much that not only do I cook nearly every day, but it actually causes me discomfort to eat food I didn’t prepare. Crazy I know. I read about cooking, I watch videos and I write as much…

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Soup is So Easy

Soup used to intimidate me. I have always cooked but only in the last couple of years have I felt comfortable with making soup. The irony is that soup is one of the easiest things to cook once you understand the basics. Once you learn them you will never want to open…

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Learn Another Language

Above: I borrowed this image from this Facebook profile. I wished they taught still taught Latin in all schools. When I was a kid I didn’t start learning another language until high school which was French. I chose French because as a child I had spent quite a bit of time in…

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World Love (Open Our Borders)

Above: [Image Source] I find it interesting that the 2014 World Cup, which has reached a record number of viewers, is being played amidst an immigration crisis in the United States. The timing is almost poetic. As we Americans begin to embrace a world sporting event, one which in the past we…

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Year by Year

Above: Marcos & Karan watching the 2014 World Cup What a difference a year makes. Last night I was thinking back to where I was this time last year and realized how difference my life was then. A year ago today I was about to leave with my son on a 4-day…

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10 Ways: Miami | Santo Domingo

Above: Well organized signage from my local market, Presidente Floridians say Miami is not really a part of America, that in fact it really is an extension of Latin America. I have only lived in one Latin American country, the Dominican Republic, so I’m no expert, but I did live there for…

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Cultural Sporting

For Father’s Day we all went to see a professional baseball game, the Miami Marlins vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ironically, for a person who doesn’t follow any sport and could care less about most sports in general, I have seen a surprisingly wide range of professional sporting events live. From a soccer…

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Mediterranean Beet Salad

Mediterranean Beet Salad   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 30 mins   This fresh summer salad is great for cookouts! Author: CreativEliza Recipe type: Salad Cuisine: Mediterranean Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 2-3 lbs fresh beets: washed, peeled and cut into small cubes 1 cup crumbled feta cheese…

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The Positive Paradox

Recently things have been going, well, really good. After what felt like one drama after another, life has evened out and feels in balance. My husband Karan is here in the United States legally (in November his residency will be renewed to permanent status) and we moved to Miami like we had…