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You Don’t Need a College Degree to be Successful

Skill + Ganas = $$$ First off, I feel I have to clarify my personal vision of education. So, just to be fair, we need to start with the traditional definition of the word.  Dictionary.com defines education as “the act…

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How to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

How to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Who is Martin Luther King Jr.? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., not to be confused with the 15th century German priest Martin Luther, is an internationally recognized civil rights leader and preacher…

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Why I Don’t Give to Goodwill

Why I Don’t Give to Goodwill I’m not a fan of Goodwill, but I will acknowledge there are ways that they help communities.  Such as providing low-cost goods and work experiences to those with special needs, and contributing to programs like…

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Massacre at Wounded Knee: A Bloody & Brutal History

Mass grave at Wounded Knee    Every time I sit long enough to think about Wounded Knee, I cry.  There are so many images seared into my mind that make it difficult to comprehend those events, but one stands…

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"Mars Needs Moms" = Anti-Feminist Propaganda {For Kids?}

  “Mars Needs Moms” = Anti-Feminist Propaganda {For Kids?} My husband went searching Redbox (a last alternative) to find a movie to watch for Thanksgiving tonight and he picked up “Mars Needs Moms”, a Disney film that circulated widely…

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LET’S DO THIS: Start a National Campaign for Spina Bifida!

   (click above to vote)   Laura Tellado, journalist and award winning author of Holdin’ Out For a Hero and Espresso con Leche, has launched a donor page with Pepsi’s community fundraising initiative, the Pepsi Refresh Project, to raise funds for a national campaign…

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Un niño lustrabotas en Bolivia {Spanish Friday}

Crédito de foto: Flickr / César Angel. Zaragoza   Me encontré esta imagen mientras búsquedando fotos para el blog. La pobreza es un sistema tan horrendo. ¿Qué podemos hacer para ayudar a este niño? Para ayudar a los niños como él? Lea la historia sobre los niños trabajadores (escrito por César Angel…

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Wordless Wednesday: Why Occupy?

  Why occupy? To end the corruption of democracy. To end the control that corporate dollars hold. To bring power to the people. To ensure our voices are heard. To put ethics first. For freedom.     Chantilly PatiñoHola!  I’m Chantilly…

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Knowledge Conquers Fear: October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month

The following post is written by Laurita Tellado, journalist and author or holdinoutforahero.org.  This post is part of a blog carnival fundraiser for Laurita’s Walk-n-Roll group through the Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida.  To participate in this blog carnival,…

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EDÚCATE: Navigating the College Admissions Process

  I started college late.  If you want to know the truth, I was 23 when I finally attempted my formal education and I needed tons of encouragement to even put a foot into that admissions office.  It wasn’t…

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The White Privilege Series: The Realities of Incarceration

This post is part of a series about white privilege, in which I discuss my views on the topic and how it affects our greater community.  Click here to read the entire series. This post is part of a series about white privilege,…

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Murder in Georgia: No Justice for Troy Davis

  If justice has been served, why is my stomach in knots?  Why do I have this queasy feeling and a sense of dread weighing heavily on my shoulders?  To be sure, there is no justice here.  There is no justice…

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Es mejor que nos apoyamos unos a otros {#SpanishFriday}

 Image Credit: Flickr / opensourceway   Tantas veces, parece que estamos en una carrera para salir adelante y no nos detenemos a pensar en la gente que está a nuestro lado. Estamos tratando detener éxito, para hacer una diferencia en nuestras vidas, pero muchas veces nos olvidamos que muchas de las personas…

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Word"less" Wednesday: James Craig Anderson

James Craig Anderson Race is real, a real cause of death, a real reason for hate.  It’s something we seem to be able to ignore and yet, it manages to divide us.  If we deny that race played a…

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Addressing White Privilege: Should Whites Talk About Race?

This post is part of a series about white privilege, in which I discuss my views on the topic and how it affects our greater community.  Click here to read the entire series. White Privilege: Should Whites Talk About Race? I’m…

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Sex As Payment For Equality

The recent ads from Summer’s Eve got me thinking a lot about the way our society views women and the ways in which women feel they must behave in order to achieve equality.  We’ll often feel pressured to remain single and/or…

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Hail to the "V": How Offensive is Too Offensive? {Update}

    I recently wrote a post about the controversial video ads in Summer’s Eve’s “Hail to the V” campaign.  The ads use a hand in the shape of a vagina to warn women to clean their genitals…or as…

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Special Needs Famlies: A Place to Belong

Adrian exploring his latest discovery. {Image © Spectrum Mom}   After reading my sister’s post about her family’s most recent outing, I was pretty inspired to talk about Special Needs.  But more specifically, the needs of these families, who…

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INTERVIEW: 'Mixed Chicks Chat' {Mixed Families & Latinos}

[Image: MixedChicksChat.com] ‘Mixed Chicks Chat’ {Mixed Families & Latinos} I’ve been talking about the ‘mixed’ experience for a while now on my blog, not always being aware that it could be considered mixed, but knowing that our family was…

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O.J. Simpson Rerun: Casey Anthony Not Guilty?!

  I remember the fleeing Bronco, the case heard round the world, and when Casey Anthony first came into question about her little girl’s disappearance, the first thing I thought was, “Here we go again…my god, we’re not going…

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Racist Note from McDonalds?

Racist Note from McDonalds? Well, by now, most of us have seen this crazy TwitPic that made us all do a double-take.  What!?  Is McDonald’s really telling it’s employees to charge customers additional fees for being black!? Something about…

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Racism is More Than Just Name-Calling

Racism is More Than Just Name-Calling A lot of times I find that people are confused about what racism is.  “People call me names too and I don’t whine about it.” is a common thought.  So, what is the…

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Mexican=Burritos?

Mexican=Burritos? My 11 year old nephew called me recently and we were having a cute little convo on the phone, just shooting the breeze. He lives a few states away, so keeping in touch is nice. Something he said…

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Wait, How's That Racist? {Cadburry's Bliss Ad}

  For some time now, I’ve been wanting to start a series called “Wait, How’s That Racist?”  With all the ads popping up online and some of the crazy attacks aimed at our president and other public figures, I…

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Black & Muslim: A Crime?

  Well, our president was forced to release his birth certificate yesterday in order to prove that he is, in fact, an American citizen.   I say “forced” because all the whining  and attacks from some noisy, less than…