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Tell Your True Tale

Volume 4

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4 | Introduction

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We live in distracted times. We are pulled from quiet contemplation by social media and our phones, by our commutes, by demands of job and family.

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a crossing one day

A Crossing One Day

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Returning to the United States from a two-week trip to México City, we crossed into El Paso, Texas. My friend José and I sat on a charter bus that maneuvered through narrow streets of brick buildings, bisected by railroad tracks.

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Susanna a piece of me

A Piece of Myself

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When I was a kid I would tell others I was from somewhere else. Hawaii was a place I had visited and loved when I was 13. The Hawaiian and Tahitian music and dancing, the beautiful racial features, and the mellow, peaceful ways of the islanders captivated me.

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charro of caratacua

Charro of Caratacua

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It was not what I expected, a day at the beach, waiting for the sunset. The day before, my grandfather arrived at our front patio after being picked up at the airport, wearing a sheepskin jacket, stubbly faced, looking frail and gaunt, but with a big smile when he heard my voice greet him at the door.

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Feet in sand

Miracle Man

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It is another sunny day in southern California. While walking down the pier I can feel the cool ocean breeze and smell the hot dogs and cotton candy.

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reflections Olivia


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Working as a Bracero in the farmlands of California, Miguel had heard about the city, its crowded streets, its restaurants and its nightclubs.

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The 10

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I don’t want to go to my Dad’s house. I can’t pinpoint why.

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Warriors of east la

Warrior of East L.A.

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I remember Flaca walking into the computer lab with her white t-shirt, khaki shorts that met her tube socks at her knees, her fancy leather black belt, her slick dark sun glasses and her checkered red and beige long sleeve shirt. She looked like a cholo.

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Anika white avenue

White Avenue

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My mother was right. Choose your friends carefully, she said. As I trudged down White Avenue at 2:30 am, I remembered that.

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