Category: Call to Action

Another Future for Puerto Rico (A Book Review for “The Battle for Paradise”)

Tú sabes, another future is possible. I finished reading Naomi Klein’s book The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists (Shop your local indie store) in a day, a slim volume of just 96 pages brimming with hope and resilience. In September 2017, Hurricane Maria ravaged the island killing many, wrecking homes and property, leaving…

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A Return to the Natural World, with Carlos Magdalena (A Book Review of “The Plant Messiah”)

You see, plants are our greatest yet most humble servants; they care for us every day, in every way. Without them we would not survive. It is as simple as that. In return for their generosity, we treat them appallingly. I’m probably the last person to talk about plants or nature in my circle but…

The Plant Messiah at the Conservatory of Flowers

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Traveling with Che Guevara

I hopped on a Philippine Airlines flight last May with only one book in my carry on: Ernesto Che Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey (Shop your local indie bookstore). Fourteen hours later, I was in Manila with my parents and at 6am, we sped past the early risers of the city. We…

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May’s Reading List

The month of May is a lot of things: May Day or International Workers’ Day (May 1), Mental Health Awareness Month, Memorial Day in the U.S., Mother’s Day (May 14), Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Malcolm X Day (May 19) among a slew of other celebrations and observances. I’m still reading Andrea Wulf’s The Invention of…

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Finding Refuge

no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well your neighbors running faster than you breath bloody in their throats the boy you went to school with who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory is holding…

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