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On family…

13 Dec

A few years ago, after one too many conversations with a family member, I asked, Do you ever feel the urge to say, to a loved one (or a friend, or well meaning relative, acquaintance, etc.), “I don’t know where you get your information, but it doesn’t apply to my reality”?

I am feeling like that again this days.

I have four siblings. Three older brothers, one older sister. While I was in Mexico, the whole bunch of us (siblings plus spouses and a few of their (mostly grown) children), met a couple of times. Inevitably, the topic of the orange asshat came up, and I found myself being schooled on how things work in the country I’ve lived in for twenty years, by men who have never lived anywhere but their birth country.

Because one of them watched CNN an hour a night for about six months, and another one reads the occasional opinion piece, licensed and translated, from the New York Times, they are, of course, better informed about what’s going on in the US than I–who spent almost eighteen months obsessively reading ALL the news outlets I could, following Nate Silver and other people on twitter, and who, lest we forget, actually lives here.

I love them, but boy, the temptation to shut them the hell up was pretty damned overwhelming at times.

I’m back.

27 Nov

And it was hideous, as expected.

On top of that, two days in, I got the flu. I’m miserable, and have all the energy of a half frozen slug.

I did manage to read two books–avoidance, ain’t it grand?–and I’m trying to cobble together enough brain cells and energy to write about them.

I hope you all are doing well.

I’m not here

21 Nov

I am in Mexico for a week.

Originally, back in May when I planned this trip, I was coming to spend time with my mother.

Now, I’m here to go through my mother’s personal effects with my siblings.

I have very limited internet while here, but I’ll check back when I get back.

To my friends and readers from the US, may you have a stress-free Thanksgiving, and hopefully a good time with family. To every one else…stay sane!

Descansa en paz, M.A.E.F (May 21, 1935-September 9, 2016)

10 Sep

My mother died last night.

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