ancestry · babies and pregnancy · conversion culture/multiculturalism · culture/multiculturalism · Dominican · Dominican Republic · family

About My Ancestry.com Test Results

So, it’s been a while but I wanted to post this video I made. I was asked to do it by another Dominican on Facebook who told me that many young Dominicans are posting videos discussing their Ancestry.com results to raise awareness about our mixed heritage. While I was born in New York City, as… Continue reading About My Ancestry.com Test Results

books and reading · culture/multiculturalism · family · race/racism · Uncategorized

The Color of Us: 50+ books about Mixed Race Families

Check out this amazing list of books featuring mixed race families: 50+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families Almost all the of these books are on Amazon for purchase. They’re also now on my son’s birthday wish list as there is almost nothing he likes to do more than “read” books to himself or have… Continue reading The Color of Us: 50+ books about Mixed Race Families

chronic pain/fibromyalgia · family · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism

How My Writing Changed Someone Else’s Life

My pain is acting up from too much typing so I have to make this briefer than I’d like but longer than I should. šŸ™‚ Yesterday, as everyday, I had to push myself to go to the gym and run errands but I was terribly exhausted after having overdone it the day before at the… Continue reading How My Writing Changed Someone Else’s Life

chronic pain/fibromyalgia · disabilities · family · happiness · Los Angeles · writing

March Health Update: It’s Always Sunn(ier) in California

February was hard especially after a January that was a bit easier even if I couldn’t pick up the phone and wish everyone I’d hoped a “Happy New Year.” One relative (no Jewish guilt there) said she thought I was dead after it took me two months to return her New Year’s message. Okay, not… Continue reading March Health Update: It’s Always Sunn(ier) in California

conversion · disabilities · family · fans · fibromyalgia · friends · hair · Hispanics/Latinos · jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · Los Angeles · plantains · Shabbat

Mini Health Update from LA

Greetings! After nearly 8 months and thousands of dollars later, I have mostly recovered from the digestive crisis that made me balloon 20 lbs., put me in the emergency room several times with severe abdominal pain and routinely left me vomiting…among other things that would fall under the category of TMI (too much information). It… Continue reading Mini Health Update from LA

death · family · Hispanics/Latinos · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism

Cool Jewish Events: Being Jewish in Spanish!

A warning, this trailer is definitely not for kids though the scene that inspired me to write this has children in it. Event: Press Film Screening of Nora’s Will (Cinco Dias Sin Nora) Date: Friday, October 15th, 2010 Time: 10am Place: Laemmle’s Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025-3094 Phone:(310) 478-3836 Details:… Continue reading Cool Jewish Events: Being Jewish in Spanish!

family · jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism

Black Haitian Jewish Convert Loses Custody of Child After Conversion

Blogger MaNishtana is getting serious and asking people to sign a petition to help a black Haitian Jewish convert who has been treatly unjustly by child services both Jewish and non-Jewish and has lost custody of her son (“Let’s Sign This and Get Something Done”) it would seem because of her conversion to Judaism. A… Continue reading Black Haitian Jewish Convert Loses Custody of Child After Conversion

birthday · family · jews of color · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism

Back by popular demand

On Shabbos, someone tried to sing “Happy Birthday” and someone else switched to the Hebrew version and last but not least, the Spanish version: Feliz CumpleaƱos! But none of those were right. Where were my great-grandmother Abuela and my grandmother who I still call Mami there to sing this for me? Here is the song… Continue reading Back by popular demand

family · Purim

WAMU, I miss you. Chase sucks!

Last week, someone stole money from my bank account. They somehow managed to do an external transfer from my bank account for several hundred dollars directly to my cable company to an account that wasn’t mine. Within…48 hours I had my money back. Over 24 hours too long in my opinion. Well, today, the bank… Continue reading WAMU, I miss you. Chase sucks!

books and reading · family · Kindle

Memoir Rant

Yeah, it’s ironic that a person who was (emphasis on was) writing a memoir actually doesn’t like reading memoirs. I guess I read one too many bad memoirs and trust me, there are lots of them. I will read just about anything until completion but there are so many memoirs I started and put down… Continue reading Memoir Rant