Fingers crossed


While waiting for the results of the International Latino Book Awards, for which my book, Cuba, Adios, has been nominated in two categories (Best First Book, and Best Autobiography), I was delighted to read the following editorial review of the book (the awards will be announced on September 8th, so keep tuned in) Cuba, Adios […]

Next Time


  I couldn’t stop the killings When smoke darkened the skies Of a September morning And the towers of my soul Crumbled in terror As the body count mounted. I was too far away. I couldn’t stop the killings When children crouched under desks And hid in closets Waiting for the monster who ended their […]

Letter from Sir Toby


My name is Sir Toby. You might think it a bit pompous for a white, small dog like me. However, my daddies Thom and Lorenzo think it’s pretty neat and love to introduce me to strangers we meet on the streets as Sir Toby, crooning the word Sir as if reaching for a high note […]

A Song Forever!


When I lived in New York City, only a block away from Central Park, I would stroll through Strawberry Fields, singing the iconic Beatles song. The area had been a favorite of John’s and his wife Yoko while John was still alive; often the two could be seen together walking arm-in-arm in the rustic tranquility […]

A Mother’s Love


To some, she was Rosaura, Nena, or Nenita. To me, she was my mother, my world. She was my first piano teacher, instilling in me a life-long passion for music. She was Mother Courage, defying Castro’s regime and committing the ultimate sacrifice: sending her children away so they would be safe from communism. She was […]