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BRAVO ROAD with DON FELIPE 4.13.14 “LATINO JAZZ”

IN A MELLOW MOOD: ME, MRS. LUCY AND LATINO JAZZ. __________________________________________________________ Recently, I attended a jazz concert that stirred many memories of my days as a jazz … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD with DON FELÍPE 3.23.14

HISPANICS AND AMERICAN EDUCATION. In 1975, Dr. Marta Sotomayor and I authored a work entitled A Medio Grito: Chicanos and American Education, its research funded by the Ford Foundation and … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD WITH DON FELIPE 2.16.14 “TACO TRUCKS…”

TACO TRUCKS: “STREETAURANTS” AND LE BON PAIN. It seems to me that in the case of most life forms, if not all, food is a function of form. That is, life forms need sustenance to survive. From the … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD WITH DON FELÍPE 4.06.13 “PASARON POR AQUÍ

PASARON POR AQUÍ. New Mexico reminds me a lot of Spain, especially northeast Spain going towards Asturias. Maybe that’s why the early Spanish explorers and settlers sought to make New Mexico into … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD WITH DON FELIPE 1.12.14 “LIBROS Y MÁS”

LIBROS Y MÁS/ BOOKS & MORE. Some years ago, my good friend and indomitable poet Ricardo Sanchez established in San Antonio a bookstore which he called Libros y Mas, a reasonably successful … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD with DON FELÍPE 12.08.13 “AMERICAN BY MANIFEST DESTINY”

AMERICANS BY MANIFEST DESTINY AND FIAT, NOT IMMIGRATION. The old saw in American mythology is that we’re all immigrants, Not true! Not true by any stretch of the imagination. In particular, Native … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD with DON FELIPE 11.17.13 “DEATH IN DALLES”

DEATH IN DALLAS, et tu OSWALD By Felípe de Ortego y Gasca Fifty years ago on November 22, 1963, I was the French teacher at Jefferson High School in El Paso, Texas. That day, a death in Dallas … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD with DON FELÍPE 10.07.13 “LITERARY NON-FICTION”

LITERARY NON-FICTION: THE WARP AND WOOF OF PUBLIC NARRATIVE. Since 2005, I’ve been a member of the Advisory Board of the Mayborn Literary Non-Fiction Conference of the Southwest hosted by the … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD with DON FELÍPE 9.16.13 “RUMORS OF WAR”

RUMORS OF WAR AND BLOOD OF OUR CHILDREN. Everywhere in the nation there are rumors of war. In New Mexico, conversations eventually turn to the situation in Syria. Yes, one hears, Assad’s use of … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD with DON FELIPE 8.11.13 “THE POWER OF WORDS”

THE POWER OF WORDS. It has been said, with considerable emphasis and conviction, that what distinguishes humans from other species is “language.” This is a highly lexocentric point of view. We’ve … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD with DON FELIPE 7.04.13 “MYTHS & TROPES”

MYTHS AND TROPES OF HISPANICITY. Perhaps like Albert Camus’ stranger, we’re all strangers to each other despite consanguinity. It may not be the most long-lived estrangement in history, but the 400 … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD with DON FELÍPE 6.09.13

EN EL RINCÓN DE UNA BIBLIOTECA In a recent piece for “Pensamientos Literarios” (Somos en Escrito: Latino Literary Online Magazine, May 2013) I wrote: “It occurs to me that most of my life has been … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD WITH DON FELÍPE 5.12.13

LIBROS Y MÁS. Every year in the Spring, the New Mexican writer and activist, Denise Chavez holds her Border Book Festival in Mesilla, New Mexico, near Las Cruces; and every year it turns out to be … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD WITH DON FELIPE 3.17.13

AQUI Y ALLA. Some year ago I wrote about “Demography and Destiny: American Hispanics in the 21st Century” which was met with mixed reactions, more  negatively than positively. The Texas demographer … [Read more...]

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BRAVO ROAD WITH DON FELÍPE 2.10.13

The country is beset these days with controversies of opposition—guns, immigration, abortion, national debt, profiling, civil rights, freedom of speech anent book banning, environmental justice, … [Read more...]