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Please partner with me to help a business owner in Paraguay!

Please partner with me to help a business owner in Paraguay!

I just made two loans to business owners using a micro-lending enterprise called Kiva.  You can go to Kiva’s website and make a loan to someone in the developing world to support his or her business.  Each loan has a picture of the entrepreneur, a description of their business and how they plan to use the loan- […]

A Body Warrior to Meet:  Alli

A Body Warrior to Meet: Alli

What I love about myself:  My mind, even though sometimes it’s my enemy. I love being a quick thinker, a problem solver and able to come off with a witty retort. I also feel really fortunate to be healthy and happy, and to enjoy my work.  My biggest challenge in accepting my body and beauty:  […]

Want to get in the Halloween spirit?

Berta Platas, Mary Castillo, Kathy Cano-Murillo, Sofia Quintero and Caridad Pineiro are writing Halloween shorts and posting them on their blogs every day from Saturday, October 27 until Halloween on Wednesday! For all the details, go to Mary’s blog. 

Women on rise in Latin America?

Came across the article below the other day in the paper.  It’s an encourging sign to see Latin American women begin to assume positions of power and, perhaps, it will ultimately create a sea of change with regard to the execution of crimes against women and the subsequent investigations.    Latin American women rise in nations long […]

A M'ija to Meet: Maria, Half Puerto Rican, Quarter Irish/ Quarter Italian

A M'ija to Meet: Maria, Half Puerto Rican, Quarter Irish/ Quarter Italian

What I love about being Latina:  We’re beautiful, proud, and never afraid to say how we really feel. What I love about being Americana:  We are blessed to live in a country that has privileges that many other countries do not have.  My biggest challenge in growing up Latina in America:  Not being able to […]

Another surprise in the research

Another surprise in the research

I am doing the 10 Things that Will Make You Think, Speak, And Act program several times this week, and so I thought I would share another one of the things that struck me in the research for Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina.  As I was conducting the research for Hijas, […]

A Body Warrior to Meet:  Ruth

A Body Warrior to Meet: Ruth

What I love about myself:  My heart and my spirit.  Even though sometimes my heart hurts and my spirit sags, those lows exist with sublime highs, so I love the ride between the two!  On my body, I love my feet, my hands, and my head, especially.                                                                                                                                                                                                 My biggest challenge in accepting my body […]

Meet the Body Warriors

I am launching a new weekly feature on the Hijas blog this week.  Starting today (and following every Tuesday), you will meet a Body Warrior-  a woman of any age, shape, size, culture, race, religion, background who is claiming her self and redefining beauty by looking at it through her own unique lens.  It doesn’t […]

This Week in Hijas Events

If you are from Greensboro, Wilmington, or Davidson, North Carolina, join me this week at one of these events.    On Monday, October 22, I have two events at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  At 2 PM in the Joyner Room of EUC, I’ll be speaking on “The Story Behind Hijas Americanas”.  At 5 […]

Fighting Back Against Pressure to be Perfect

Read a great column on Friday in The Charlotte Observer.  THe CO has some really talented editors, and one of the things that I have most apprecaited about the CO’s vision is that they are willing to think outside of the box.  The current and past style editors (Rachel Sutherland and Crystal Dempsey) have been wholeheartedly committed […]