Category Archives: Opinion & Current Events

Your Yawning Dog Isn’t Tired — She Just Loves You!

Empathy. It’s that amazing gift that allows us to feel for others — and, I’d argue, one of the essential qualities needed to write compelling fiction. But is empathy limited, as many scientists have long argued, only to human beings … Continue reading

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My Larry David Moment by Alisa Valdes – The Pizza Thief in the Gold Prius

The kids wanted to jump off diving boards yesterday — Mayeila stepping gingerly from the low dive, Alexander cannonballing loudly from the high dive. Mike and I were up for a drive through the country, so we all headed South … Continue reading

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TV Review: FX’s THE BRIDGE

There are two new TV series this season that feature Latino characters prominently. One is Devious Maids, on Lifetime, and I’ve already been pretty clear about my feelings on it. The other is FX’s THE BRIDGE. I watched the pilot … Continue reading

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The Stories We Tell About Ourselves and Others, and Why They Matter

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In Defense and Honor of Beautiful Brown American Boys

I am in tears as I write this. My hands tremble, just a little, with rage — no, not rage. With a sorrow so deep and so thick that the only thing that cuts it is the saline of my … Continue reading

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How Being a Unitarian Universalist Gives Me the Strength to Battle Stereotypes

As the Kickstarter campaign for our film based on my bestselling novel The Dirty Girls Social Club continues to draw backers from all over the country and to get more attention from a wide variety of media outlets – I … Continue reading

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