ICE Babies

In order to understand how necessary undocumented immigrants are to the economy, you must read (from a variety of sources). If you get your information from soundbites, tweets, and agree with friends who say stuff like, “What about ‘illegal’ do these people not understand?” then I guess you probably don’t want to know the truth. …

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Not Saved by the Bell

One of the things I notice a lot on social media, as I’m sure you do, is how willing people are to comment on topics of which they know nothing about. Of course, I’m not talking about everyone. There are plenty of people who agree and disagree with each other on a variety of topics …

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Lemonade, That Cool, Refreshing Drink

Almost everyone is familiar with the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” a proverb that’s used to encourage optimism in the face of life’s misfortunes. Years ago, as a seven-year-old second-grader, I did something that had the opposite effect. On a Sunday much like today, I made a very short trek to visit …

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Bear It Tall

A couple of years after my wife and I started dating I heard her use the phrase “Too Tall Jones,” on more than a few occasions. At some point I asked her if she knew who Ed “Too Tall” Jones was, to which she said, “That’s a person?” It was one of those a-ha moments. …

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Dear Abby

In our hotel lobby in Mexico, while my wife and I were deciding our next move, I said something like, “It’s fun to people-watch in places like this.” She agreed and added that the likelihood of running into any of those people is just about as remote as running into people who live near us, …

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Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Back to Rudy in a moment. If there is one thing that older folks are always right about when it comes to giving young people advice, it’s this: Surround yourself with good people – for the rest of your lives. I’m always surprised when I see someone my age, or close to …

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Central Park Five

Yesterday my son asked, “Dad, when will the world end?” When a parent is on the receiving end of these questions, what I believe most parents attempt to do is take away the worry and fear. So my response to this question was, “Son, the world is never going to end.” Because he’s five years …

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Life’s Journey

My dad’s youngest sister, my aunt Betsy, came home from the hospital in a Christmas stocking because she was born just before the holiday. Occasionally, you may notice that some hospitals still do this around Christmastime. Every time I see photos of babies in stockings, I always think of my aunt. Being born one month …

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The Good Doctor

In the summer of 2008 I received an urgent call from my dad. He said that he had just gotten back from seeing a doctor, and he urged me to go see him, too. Before I could ask why, I got the news: “Dr. Hyatt is retiring, and is moving out of the area, so …

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I Got a Name

I ain’t gonna lie, I hadn’t heard of Nipsey Hussle until he was shot and killed in Crenshaw. Since his passing, I’ve watched a few videos and interviews on YouTube. And like so many others, I learned how much he meant to so many people – inside and outside of his community. Nipsey was a …

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