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December 20, 2018

1. The healing power of the right stone, gifted to me by dear friends, at just the right times in my life.

2. To really listen to my body. Not just to what it can do in order to push it, but more importantly, to what it can't do. There is empowerment in saying this is a...

October 30, 2018

"I would not be alive if not for a series of small heroic acts."

For McSweeney's, I wrote about the everyday heroic acts of my immigrant mother and so many like her whose emotional labor and strength deserve to be seen.

"At a time when the pain and struggles of immigra...

June 4, 2018

"I always knew that the main character in my novel would be dead..."

Over at Tor.com, I wrote about how terms like fantasy & magical realism need to take into account cultural context. And why I never considered EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME to be magical realism, not ex...

May 9, 2018

Immigrant stories are not timely, they're timeless. For Bustle, I wrote about why it's time to listen to and center the voices that have known this all along.

"The idea that our struggles are relevant only now that our worst fears have come to fruition underscores the b...

May 7, 2018

For Catapult, I wrote about about experiencing life apart from loved ones, and death and grief from afar.

"In Spanish, to say I miss you we say “te extraño,” or sometimes more fittingly, “me haces falta,” which is to say “I lack you.” I lacked my grandfather and he lack...

December 27, 2017

  1. You can't obsess your way out of a problem.

  2. If we each do what we can, when we can, honestly and wholeheartedly, we are collectively always doing something.

  3. There is no guilt in pleasure. Joy is necessary, always. Joy is worth fighting for.

  4. How to da...

December 13, 2016

  1. Some years teach, some years leave you with more questions than answers. (Zora Neale Hurston said this much better: “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”)

  2. How to surf (or at least, how to begin to surf…I stood up, which is what counts).

  3. ...

April 8, 2016

Funny story, really…

The summer between eighth and ninth grade, I spent much of my time hanging out with my sister and her friends. She’s two years older than me, and by the time I was 14, we’d begun closing the gap of our age difference.

Of course, this still meant I sa...

December 15, 2015

  1. How to throw a punch.

  2. That I’m stronger than I think.

  3. Compassion for only those just like us is not compassion; it’s self-interest.

  4. To teach is to learn without keeping all the good stuff to yourself.

  5. The joy of hiking.

  6. As a matter of fact,...

December 8, 2014

In no particular order…

  1. How to use a table saw and miter saw.

  2. That I’m allergic to saw dust.

  3. Numbers can be manipulated; story wins every time.

  4. Sometimes, the people you least expect are paying attention do.

  5. On perception in social media: those o...

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