Tag: #stories

Let’s have some fun with fiction

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you should know by now that I love to write. More often than not, I’ll write about my life experiences and the opinions that those experiences have formed. Very rarely do I write fiction, so I’d like to write more. To help me do that, I bought The Amazing Story Generator by Jay…

I need my superhero stories to be brighter

I don’t know who told television and movie executives that “darker” is better when it comes to superhero stories. On last night’s “The Flash,” which I watched today thanks to Hulu TV, the overall tone of the story was one of death and destruction. There was more than just drama, and there were very few “campy” moments. Spoilers ahead…

The stories that need to be told

Aside from the work that they do, one of the biggest reasons I absolutely love Doctors Without Borders is their commitment to tell stories form the field. Their written stories, interviews on the radio, and videos put a face to their organization, and they put a face on all the people that they help. Many of the stories that they…

Taking Tuesday: School and Friends and Growing Up


I have always loved school, but I never really liked the social interactions that came with it. It wasn’t that I didn’t like people. The problem was that I was always an outsider, someone who didn’t fit in. It was either because I was too young or because I didn’t speak English… Or because I didn’t play “the right” sport (i.e. not soccer). In today’s Talking Tuesday, I tell you about the end of summer and the beginning of school, and how much that hurt when I was a kid. Then I finish by telling you how things have changed now that I’m an adult.

You can download the MP3 file by clicking here.

Talking Tuesday: Grandma and Night School


I’ve decided that I’m going to chat with you a little more. (Though some will say that I like the sound of my own voice.) I’d like to chat with you more because I need practice in speaking better English and presenting my thoughts in a coherent way without the use of a backspace button. So here is the first of my “Talking Tuesday” mini-podcast episodes. Today I bring you a quick story about my grandmother, and how she bailed me out of a tight spot back in high school. I hope you enjoy it.

A movie you should watch: “Hermano”

“Hermano” is a Venezuelan production directed by Marcel Rasquin. The movie is set in present-day (2010’s) Caracas, Venezuela, with most of the action taking place in a shantytown on the outskirts of the city. If you like soccer, drama, and you want to look at the power of family — even when said family is not bound by blood —…

All Good Things (Part Two)

Author’s Note: This is the second part of a three-part series on my “final thoughts” as I leave the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and move on to bigger, hopefully better things. Part one is HERE. Part three will be HERE starting August 16, 2013, at 8am ET, which is my last day at DHMH. The Epi Gate…