I Still Remember Columbine, 284 Shootings Later

More than a week ago it happened again. Ten dead in a high school in Texas.  Again grief described as overwhelming. The pain is unbelievable. The astonishing act. The hero who risked his or her life to save many. Again the pit of my stomach turns as I swipe through the headlines on my phone. […]

Social Medicine & Che Guevara: An Historical Observation

In January 1959, the world woke up to the Cuban Revolution and the overthrow of the former Cuban dictator, Flugencio Batista. Fidel Castro, the leader of this revolution, would shortly become and long remain a thorn in the side of the United States government. The revolution’s other leader, Dr. Ernesto “Ché” Guevara would influence not […]

Poetry, Stars, and Violence: An Essay on Mexican Folklore

  In Ireland it’s known as The Troubles, in Colombia it’s known as La Violencia, and in Costa Chica, México, there is not definitive name for it but it is definitely historical, as well as, contemporaneous. With Ireland and México, the past gives the present meaning and the present returns the favor. The kinds of […]

Birds without a Nest: A Critical Review

Clorino Matto de Turner’s Birds without a Nest, written in 1889, was an attempt on her part to make a political statement with her novel. The political statement was concerning the mistreatment of the indigenous people in Peru and how it affected Peru’s progress. Her novel examines the plight of the Andean Native Americans and […]