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Rodriguez: Anaya, Valdez honors overdue

Two of my favorite writers of all time, Rudolfo Anaya and Luis Valdez, were among three Hispanic writers awarded National Medals of Arts/Humanities by President Obama at The White House last week. A...

 

Opinion: Anaya and Valdez honors long overdue

Local columnist Two of my favorite writers of all time, Rudolfo Anaya and Luis Valdez, were among three Hispanic writers awarded National Medals of Arts/Humanities by President Obama at The White House last week. A third writer, Sandra Cisneros, was...

 

Rodriguez: Training for the 'tamalada'

I’m not fluent in Spanish. I speak Spanglish, a mix of Spanish and English, but I conveniently understand bad words and when someone offers me food. Someone once asked me if I make tamales. No, I... Full story

 

Faith: I’m in training for the big ‘tamalada’

Religion columnist I’m not fluent in Spanish. I speak Spanglish, a mix of Spanish and English, but I conveniently understand bad words and when someone offers me food. Someone once asked me if I make tamales. No, I don’t, unless you count the...

 

Rodriguez: Reach for your dreams

I’m Helena Rodriguez and I’m a coffee drinker. As I confessed last week, I’m also an aspiring “early bird.” One age-ism which I can’t seem to embrace just yet, though, as my countdown to...

 

Faith: Reaching mighty hard for the one who made the stars

Religion columnist I’m Helena Rodriguez and I’m a coffee drinker. As I confessed last week, I’m also an aspiring “early bird.” One age-ism which I can’t seem to embrace just yet, though, as my countdown to the half century mark begins,...

 

Rodriguez: Saints live up to their names

I was sitting on the couch with Mom when the late night breaking news of Princess Diana’s death broke in 1997. This past weekend, Mom and I watched round-the-clock coverage of another iconic death,... Full story

 

Rodriguez: Burning midnight oil produces rewards

Ten years ago, when I was thirty-something, it took practice, but I finally learned how to become a coffee drinker. Now that I’m forty something, I’m trying to master another ritual of gracefully...

 

Rodriguez: Sometimes the problem is what we want

Life is not always an “either” or an “or” situation. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too. Sometimes unexpected curves come as bundles, and these bundles, instead of weighing down y...

 

Faith: Life isn’t always about ‘either’ and ‘or’

Religion columnist Life is not always an “either” or an “or” situation. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat, it too. Sometimes unexpected curves come as bundles, and these bundles, instead of weighing down your dream, give you resilience...

 

Faith: Kids today know their logos

Religion columnist Almost every child knows the jingly “Alphabet Song” even before they start school. My two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, Genavecia, already knows that song. Kids know their ABCs. As I recently discovered, though, they also... Full story

 

Rodriguez: Logos where it's at for kids today

Almost every child knows the jingly "Alphabet Song" even before they start school. My two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, Genavecia, already knows that song. Kids know their ABCs. As I recently...

 

Rodriguez: Mary, not Hillary, most powerful woman

What if I told you that the most powerful woman in the world is not Hillary Clinton? In a global best-seller, the most powerful woman speaks but a few words. Soldiers, artists, actors, government...

 

Rodriguez: Cross walk across America sign of hope

“Leave the comforts of ‘sofa happiness,’ and, with Jesus’s help, put on some ‘walking shoes’ and make a mark on history.” These were the words that Pope Francis told more than a million...

 

Faith: Cross walk across America sign of hope, peace

Religion columnist “Leave the comforts of ‘sofa happiness,’ and, with Jesus’s help, put on some ‘walking shoes’ and make a mark on history.” These were the words that Pope Francis told more than a million and a half youth during last we... Full story

 

Rodriguez: Sometimes we sacrifice for a greater cause

It’s been a Shakespearean summer in many ways as I brush up on classic literature for the upcoming school year. Shakespeare said, “The world is a stage, and all the men and women merely...

 

Rodriguez: Daily Planet real as Santa to grandson

My grandson Giovanni, 5, asked me the other day, in all seriousness, “Is the Daily Planet real, grandma?” “No, Giovanni,” I answered. “The Daily Planet is not real.” “But you said that... Full story

 

Rodriguez: Focus on prevention, not contention

Growing up in north Portales, as kids we called police “pigs.” If we were at Grandma Chaya’s house in Lubbock, they were “chotas,” slang for police. I’m not proud of this, but it was what...

 

Rodriguez: No share required to get blessing

One of my pet peeves is those Facebook postings that read, “Share this post and a blessing will come your way.” Usually, there’s a photo of a stack of folded dollar bills included. Well, sign...

 

Rodriguez: A little thanks goes a long way

The purple dinosaur of the 1990s was right when he said “Please and thank you, they’re called the magic words.” In Psalm 50:23, God says, “Giving thanks is the sacrifice that honors me.” In...

 

Faith: It’s Thanksgiving in July

Religion columnist The purple dinosaur of the 1990s was right when he said “Please and thank you, they’re called the magic words.” In Psalm 50:23, God says, “Giving thanks is the sacrifice that honors me.” In texting lingo, a little...

 

Rodriguez: Iconic picture of Jesus stirs memories

When I was a child, we were constantly walking by Grandpa Madrid’s La-Z-Boy chair, which rested just a few steps from the front door, as we walked in and out of the house, especially during summer...

 

Faith: Iconic picture stirs up childhood memories

Religion columnist When I was a child, we were constantly walking by Grandpa Madrid’s La-Z-Boy chair, which rested just a few steps from the front door, as we walked in and out of the house, especially during summer days of playing outside. That ch...

 

Rodriguez: Good times at old community center

As a child, I remember blowing up balloons and sticking pasty strips of newspaper around them. After our papier mache projects dried, we added festive paper and streamers and they became piñatas. We... Full story

 

Rodriguez: An annoyed family is a close one

I called my parents on Monday asking, “Remember that summer when we drove to Albuquerque in the Monte Carlo to see Becky dance? Well .. why did all the other kids go in the bus and we took our own... Full story

 

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