Four days after the Trump administration announced it would end temporary residency permits for roughly 200,000 Salvadorans, Lilian Mass leaned into a hot mic in Wheaton to begin her weekly Spanish-language radio show. Flanked by an immigration attorney, a financial planner and a real estate agent, she took rapid-fire questions from one worried listener after another. Should I stop paying my house payments and just leave the country, asked one caller, a county resident with temporary protected status. What do I do with the business I built, asked another. In the corner of the recording studio, a television tuned to CNN showed pundits discussing President Trump’s reference to immigrants from certain nations as coming from “shithole countries.” Mass, 40, has spent the last 14 months as a bilingual communications officer for Montgomery County, a period that coincides with Trump’s election and his administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants. Lilian … [Read more...] about A lifeline for Spanish-speaking immigrants in suburban Maryland
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My first spoken words were in Spanish, “Mami, yo quiero … ” Thirty years later, my son would string together his first sentence in Spanglish: “Mas crackers, please.” Does that make my son less Hispanic? American society seems to think so. Examine how advertisers spend their dollars, how films portray Latinos, how companies choose to hire. Language is perceived as the overriding characteristic that makes one Latino. Cultural identity is complex, particularly in the country’s current state of race relations, and our simplistic views need to evolve if we’re ever to make meaningful progress in understanding one another. Language does not define me or others of my generation, the children and grandchildren of immigrants. Whether or not Spanish makes for a cultural connection depends on the context: A non-Latino who speaks to me in Spanish may signal camaraderie, much as a person who codes connects with other coders. But we wouldn’t necessarily … [Read more...] about Does speaking Spanish make one Latino?
“I know it’s against your nature,” she said,”but when it comes to his kids, be a cat, not a dog. You’re going to want to hug them and bond with them, but it’ll be better if you relax and hang back. Wait for them to come to you.”The advice came from my dear friend Jennifer, who has a stepfamily of her own and understands that it takes time and patience to blend and bond. I was nervous. Scared, in fact, of two girls, ages 8 and 10. I had already fallen in love with their father, so what would I do if they didn’t like me? What if I didn’t like them?David and I both grew up in Northridge, both completed graduate and undergraduate degrees at UCLA, had friends in common from college and recently discovered that my cousin was his childhood music teacher. But we didn’t meet until OKCupid matched us, and it was love at first sight. There was no coffee rendezvous; he took me to the fantastically romantic Il Cielo in Beverly Hills on our … [Read more...] about Best advice I ever got for dating a guy with kids: Be like a cat, not a dog
A library. Photo Credit: Getty Images / franckreporter January 2, 2018 3:22 PM My first spoken words were in Spanish, “Mami, yo quiero . “ Thirty years later, my son would string together his first sentence in Spanglish: “Más crackers, please.” Does that make my son less Hispanic? American society seems to think so. Examine how advertisers spend their dollars, how films portray Latinos, how companies choose to hire. Language is perceived as the overriding characteristic that makes one Latino. Cultural identity is complex, particularly in the country’s current state of race relations, and our simplistic views need to evolve if we’re ever to make meaningful progress in understanding one another. Language does not define me or others of my generation, the children and grandchildren of immigrants. Whether or not Spanish makes for a cultural connection depends on the context: A non-Latino who speaks to me in Spanish may signal camaraderie, … [Read more...] about Opinion: Does speaking Spanish make one Latino?
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Statton Davis planned to turn 17 in style.The well-planned celebration included a friend-centered party, a vintage turntable, some classic rock vinyl and new snowmobile gear that he picked out long before his Dec. 2 birthday.Instead, the Cache County teen marked his birthday with his dad, scrambling across battered tin roofs in Puerto Rico, converting orange buckets into water filtration systems - and learning a life lesson that all that stuff he thought was important might not really matter at all.“It’s been the best birthday present ever,” he said swallowing hard in an attempt to keep his emotions at bay, “so fulfilling. I have really fallen in love with the Puerto Rican people. They’re really different people. I think we could learn a lot from them.”When Lendio executive Mark Santiago approached his colleague, Ben Davis, about putting together a humanitarian trip to Puerto Rico, the goal was two-fold. They planned to deliver … [Read more...] about Fathers, sons learn lessons of love, service in Puerto Rico
After my marriage ended I felt too raw to consider jumping into online dating. At first I said no when friends offered to set me up, but when I found myself feeling lost on my child-free evenings, I started saying yes.By accepting a blind date I had outsourced the hunting — but was essentially admitting to having zero hunting game of my own. I hated feeling so vulnerable, but with one divorce under my belt I wasn’t sure I was the best judge of anything. Why not turn it over to someone else?A new client insisted she had the “perfect” man for me. I no longer believed in “perfect” or fairy tales about princes, but hiding out wasn’t the answer, either. She was vague about what made him ideal, but I agreed to give it a chance. “Did you tell him I have a kid?” I asked, since that fact can immediately separate the men from the boys. “Um, no, I think you should tell him that once you meet him,” she replied. She put us in touch … [Read more...] about I went on blind dates with a bunch of losers. Here’s what I learned
Dog Gone Problems is a weekly advice column by David Codr, a dog behaviorist in Omaha. David answers dog behavior questions sent in by our readers. You can reach him at [email protected] * * * Dog Gone Problems, My 2-year-old shepherd husky mix bit me with zero bite inhibition recently. He had a stomach thing going at the time (which was treated) combined with a thunderstorm and wind event when this happened. He was on the deck sleeping and I attempted to bring him into the house as I was going to bed. He wouldn't get up or come in so I went and got his leash and when I approached him, he went into a zone that scared me to death. He bit my hand and snarled like he was possessed. I retreated and left him out there for the night. I think I get what I did wrong, but now am afraid I've taught him that he is in charge and am afraid he will repeat this another time he doesn’t want to do something I ask him to. What should I do? Please help. He gets walked and goes to the … [Read more...] about Dog Gone Problems: Our dog refused to come inside and bit me when I got the leash
The first, last, and only time I kissed a girl, she was dressed as Britney Spears.If you had asked me how I felt about Britney during the fall of 1999, the year I turned 14, I probably would have told you that I hated her. I didn’t know it at the time, but I hated Britney for the same reason that many teenagers hate many things: because, on some deep, intuitive, lizard-brain level, hatred is a useful way to define and clarify your position in the world. In that way, hatred is as valuable as love — or at least it can feel that way, especially during the long, slow, sweaty pressure cooker of adolescence, when the self seems most in danger of explosion or evaporation.Both of these outcomes seemed possible (probable, even) on the night I kissed a girl. It happened at a Halloween party thrown by my twin sister’s friend Jamie, down in the thick-carpeted basement of her parents’ McMansion. I don’t remember wearing a costume. Certainly I was sporting my … [Read more...] about I Hated Britney Spears Until I Saw Myself In Her
This story was originally published by the school newspaper at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in December 2013 and is now being presented on the Daily News website as part of the Newsies! high school journalism competition for articles from the 2013-2014 school year. By Farhath Feroz Imagine waking up one morning in a place where people spoke in a language you had never heard. You look around and see various words in a script that is entirely unknown to you. How would you feel? What would you do? This is a similar situation for many students in English as a Second language (ESL) classes. Migration to a country, so prevalent in the English language, like the United States, from a non-English speaking nation isn’t an easy task and ESL classes help students cope with the language transition. Cardozo, like many other high schools in New York, offers ESL classes for those deficient in the English language. But has anyone ever wondered what goes on in these classes? What is … [Read more...] about Coming to America – The challenge of learning English
No relief in sight from gas pains Port Jefferson Station, L.I.: Any thoughts Gov. Cuomo may have had regarding a presidential run should now be over. He dithered for seven days before going to the obvious answer of odd-even days for gas. It would have immediately cut the gas lines in half and saved his constituents precious time and anxiety. If you can’t make up your mind on such an easy solution, why should I trust you to make a hard decision? Bob Cavaliere Flushing: I believe that there should be a congressional investigation of why it is taking so long for the gas stations to get supplies. Is it possible that some in the oil industry tried to influence the national elections by creating dissatisfaction with the incumbents? Saul Grossman Bronx: Perhaps the federal government can be pressured to provide tanker trucks to help move gasoline from the terminals to the gas stations that do not have gas. Bernhard K. Krimphove Hand in hand East Elmhurst: Watching New … [Read more...] about Readers sound off on gas lines, Sandy and Mike’s Spanish