There is a book on my shelf called Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle. It’s a pleasant and witty memoir about motherhood that I would recommend to most females.  I suppose, there are a few men who may also enjoy it, but it’s full of comments like “I’d like to think it was due to…

Somewhere in my long list of things I would like to protect the kids from, you’ll find “mean haircuts”.  It’s bad enough that the boys in Nueva often look like the stereotypical orphan children with ripped clothes and shaved heads, but how they get those shaved heads can be even worse .  Since “The Fire…

What defines a family?  How much safety is necessary?  What is the exact ratio of bad things to good things a child must experience before it’s justifiable to take him from his mother?  And how do you weigh the negative impact of a crack addicted father on the street against lying in a crib with…

Today is a day of triumph.  This is a story that I’ve been hoping I’d be able to tell one day.  I’ve known Edgar almost since the beginning.  Three years ago, he was ornery and hyper and made up the wildest tales about his past for the gringos that came to Nueva Esperaza for one day….

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