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Rest in Peace Marcos Ratliff

Under the house of a family who was renting from our friend Olga lived a dog who was chained up. He was a skinny yellow Labrador. Over a six-month period we saw this guy go from healthy and who used every inch of his long chain to roam the space under the house to just giving…
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What Happens When We Die?

I republish / post this every year on the 28th of August because my mother died on August 28, 1994. It always puts me in a reflective mood. _________________________________________________________ I am at that age where I spend moments throughout the day contemplating life and death. I am not consumed with the idea, but certainly the older…
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DESPUÉS DEL NALED: Una entrevista con Sadhu Govardhan

Bueno, la buena noticia es que ya no se fumigará a Puerto Rico con Naled. Yay, ¿verdad? Pero, ¿podemos estar tranquilos? No tan rápido. Ya quisiéramos. No es tan sencillo. Volví a hablar con Sadhu Govardhan y le pregunté sobre las implicaciones de este reciente acontecimiento –y lo que se propone se utilice en su…
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THE NALED AFTERMATH: Follow Up Interview with Sadhu Govardhan

Well, the good news is that Puerto Rico will not be aerial spraying Naled over the island. Yay, right? We can rest easy? Not so fast. I wish. It's not quite that simple. I went back to Sadhu Govardhan and asked him what the implications and about what is being proposed to use in its…
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El Asalto Naled—Una Entrevista con Sadhu Govardhan

Si eres un viajero ocasional o frecuente a Puerto Rico, o nunca has ido pero estás pensando en visitar la isla (o si vives ahí), sin duda has escuchado sobre el virus del Zika. Y si eres un fanático de los medios de comunicación convencionales, es probable que hayas leído que es un virus peligroso…
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The Naled Assault—An Interview with Sadhu Govardhan

Whether you are an occasional or frequent traveler to Puerto Rico, have never been but are considering visiting the island or you live here, you’ve no doubt heard or read about the Zika virus. If you’re a fan of mainstream media, you have probably read that it is a dangerous virus that poses all sorts…
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Shootings and Killings Involving Police: July 10, 2016

This is not a blog so much as it is a statement. In my Facebook newsfeed this morning I saw a post from my sister/cousin Carolyn Briggs of Portland, Oregon. We are not related by blood, but she is family. She shared this list from her friend Susan Abe, who is a copy editor at…
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Cops: Reconciling the Two Halves of My Brain

"...And you want our marches peaceful. You want us calm. You want us quiet. Stop asking us to bite our tongues when we cannot guarantee our siblings'  safe passage to the corner store..."  This is a stream of consciousness based on my rage over the last couple of days about the recent murders of Alton Sterling and…
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How Do We Self-Identify?

For this week's blog, I decided to try something different. Ever since I came out as multiracial last year (after identifying as African American for the first 48 years of my life), I have become really curious how #mixedrace people self-identify. Self-identity is the topic of endless conversation within the multiracial community. Do people identify…
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When Activism and Money are At Odds

I had an epiphany today, which was very uncomfortable admitting. In the wake of the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub called Pulse on Saturday, June 11, like everyone I know, I am reflecting and I am angry. It's pretty clear the gunman (I refuse to say his name) targeted Pulse because it was considered…
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