Song of the Day: Isla Bella

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written which is unusual for me, but sometimes life and work get in the way. The life part has been a bit funner lately with a milestone birthday. To celebrate that milestone a group of my nearest and dearest girlfriends took a trip to the Isla Verde aka Puerto Rico. That’s where this song of the day makes it’s entrance.

While Ricky Martin is known for his Spanglish music in the States, I’ve always been a fan of his Spanish music. The song of the day Isla Bella is a beautiful Spanish ode to his home, you guessed it – Puerto Rico. I can tell you, the song is just as beautiful as his home.

Radikal Readings: Mother Tongue

One of the highest testaments I can give a book is the uncontrollable need to embrace the book after I’m finished reading – as if by doing so, I can hug it into my soul. That is the exact feeling Demetria Martinez’s Mother Tongue left me with. It’s poetic, lyrical, and sinks into you the way only a good book can.

Mother Tongue is the story of  Mary who is 19 and living alone in Albequrque after her mother’s death. She becomes involved with Jose Luis – a refugee from El Salvador who is smuggled into the U.S. by members of the Sanctuary movement, advocates for the tens of thousands of Salvadorans who have been harassed, tortured, and “disappeared” by a U.S.-supported military government. It’s a fictional story with fictional characters, but there is so much truth behind it.

Having known little of the horrors committed in the Salvadoran civil war this book was a small glimpse into it. Really it’s a gut-wrenching look into what life must be for people who have been tortured and torn from their homeland because of war.

This book is such a quick read but I found myself not wanting it to end. It’s moving and frustrating. Martinez is a beautiful writer and her depictions of New Mexico made me want to hop on a plane and explore. Good books stay with you and I foresee this will be with me for quite some time.

Song of the Day: Is This Love

It’s not summer yet, but I’m jonesing for warm weather and sunshine. No music reminds me more of that than the legendary Bob Marley. Is It Love makes me feel as if I’m laying on an island with the love of my life without a care in the world. The song is ageless and I find myself listening to it every summer, or anytime I’m wishing it was.

Blindfold

I was taught that justice wears a blindfold, so as not to be able to distinguish between the colors, and thus make everyone equal in the eyes of the law. I propose we remove the blindfold from the eyes of Lady Justice, so for the first time she can really see what’s happening and check out where the truth lies and the lies hide. That would be a start.

Viva the children of all the colors! Punto!

– Piri Thomas

Risks

“Life is a risky business but the alternative is to dig a hole and bury yourself. You may not know it, but I have my share of scars. And I would have them even if I had never come out of the house. Better to have scars from living than from hiding.”

Mother Tongue, Demetria Martinez