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Journal of the American Latino Dream

Volume 9

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Stellar performances in store

Hands-on healing

LPM’’s Fall Arts Preview highlights “can’t-miss-this” events

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From the publisher Summer-to-fall transitions

¿Será posible? Drooling over a dog’s life

12 LP journal ACLU-AZ STOP SB 1070 smartphone app;

Thomas Perez – first Dominican American appointed to cabinet post; new line of toys based on Spanish-language TV show

14 The Vibe “Skulls” professional footwear brand

designed by a celebrity chef; a walk down memory lane for video gamers at PAM; knitter’s boutique offers free classes for beginners; La Llorona for modern mystery fans

15 How Anaya says 19 ordinary men made an extraordinary sacrifice that solidified a community

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Chiropractic well-established as effective therapeutic technique

34 Bilingual Those who serve abilities a boon for Scottsdale PD

17 Latina still standing

Finding the courage to fulfill educational aspirations

detective, Roberto Navarrete

19 Rincón del arte Writer Myriam Alvarez recounts her 15-year journey to publish first novel

35 Update Education on what the Helios Education

Foundation is doing to promote post-secondary degree and certificate completion among underserved populations in Arizona

27 Movin’ up Dr. Skip Garcia now senior VP for health sciences at UA; Louise Baca to chair NCSPP conference; Congressman Ed Pastor honored with NEA President’s Award; CPLC announces new Board of Directors Executive Committee

42 Time out Develop your vocal talent in a community chorus

30 Entrepreneur Flashback: Entrepreneur Showcase

45 P.S. A chilling scenario of family separation

31 Briefcase Exploring the psychological components of

46 My perspective ... on the Affordable Care Act: Imagine how it

economic decision-making the de Posada way

Reencuentro – The Two Snow Whites José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros. Oil on canvas, 27 x 27 inches. Art work ©2013 José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros. Photo courtesy of Matt Kennedy and All rights reserved.

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activities are on hold; streets, theaters and shops are emptier; it’s time to get away for a change of scene. Yet, the stultification of August is somewhat superficial. In many quarters, August means gearing up for the transition at summer’s end to reanimate our happening city. Nowhere is this more evident than in the sphere of public arts. Fall brings a burst of new exhibits, concert series and season openings for dance, theater and opera companies in the metro area’s many arts venues. LPM’s annual Fall Arts Preview intends to whet your desire to take part in the artistic resurgence. There is certainly plenty to appeal to all tastes and preferences. Well-known favorites abound in the visual and performing arts, such as Rufino Tamayo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gilbert and Sullivan, John Williams and Steven Spielberg, but cutting-edge contemporary artists are also well represented, such as painter AztecSmurf, sculptor Julianne Swartz and playwright Katori Hall. The fall season also includes some provocative offerings that hybridize classic and contemporary approaches to art, as exemplified by the Mesa Arts Center Museum’s Messin’ with the Masters exhibit, Phoenix Theatre’s humorous adaptation of The 39 Steps and American Idol contestants singing with the Phoenix Symphony. Fall is also the time when the academic calendar gets re-set. August may be a time when many working women and stay-at-home moms grapple with the pros and cons of whether and how to fulfill their ambitions for higher learning, as reported by Diana Berajano in Latina Still Standing. Braulio Colón, senior vice president and chief impact officer of the Helios Education Foundation and our guest Education columnist, has a lot more to say about the value of a post-secondary education. He outlines the efforts of the Helios Foundation in Arizona to improve preparedness, access and support systems to guarantee completion of post-secondary education programs. These efforts are of critical importance to the Latino community in Arizona where 65 percent of Latino adults have no education beyond high school. For others, the end of summer signals the moment to re-orient their career or embark on a long-dreamed-of project. Our Briefcase feature is an invitation to explore the “marshmallow theory” and its implications for how you can better your chances for success in the business world and beyond, as expounded by Joachim de Posada, author of three books on the subject. Multinational corporations, sports franchises and everyday folks have benefitted from the advice of this internationally-acclaimed management expert. In My Perspective, David Parra explores the possible consequences of a transition that will affect most all of us – the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Well ... there is no better way to mark a transition than to throw a party. Because the end of August is also when LPM flips the calendar page to end/start another year of publication, we invite you to celebrate with us at our 9th anniversary cocktail reception on Friday, September 6, 2-5 p.m., at ALAC, 147 E. Adams Street in downtown Phoenix.

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Downward, dog! By Robrt Pela


to go back into the dating pool, some first-time author brings out a novel about how women should start treating men like schnauzers. In L.A. Knight’s debut novel, Dog Training the American Male, the author spins a tale of a frustrated career woman who uses dog-training techniques to domesticate her live-in boyfriend. “Men really are dogs,” Knight says. “The average American male would rather sit on the couch all day, scratch his privates, and sleep. Who among us hasn’t performed for a treat, peed on a tree, dry-humped a woman’s leg, howled at the moon, stuck his nose in a groin or two, or

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inspected his own bowel movement before flushing?” Presumably, Knight isn’t looking for a sincere answer to his question. His story hangs on the premise that a trained dog is a more content pet, and his novel riffs on America’s 21st century preoccupation with fixing everything – and everyone – in sight. Guys, he surmises, will do better with a little “training.” “I say, bring it on,” comments Knight on dog-training the American male. “Just

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fact that Knight’s book is fiction, perhaps because self-help books tend to sell better than novels these days and features amusing references to dog feces and the heroine’s beau “burying his bone in another’s woman’s yard.” Like this internet commercial, the novel’s press kit proclaims it “hilarious,” but what’s really funny is the author’s assertion that he “received offers from several major publishing houses for Dog Training, as well as

interest from a screenwriter to adapt the novel as a script,” yet opted instead to debut his first novel as an e-book. That’s because it is better to pay to have your book published, and be hung with the responsibility of promoting and selling it, than to allow a major publisher to pay you an advance and do the heavy lifting for you. Even an old dog won’t be fooled by that new trick.

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Conversation starters from the world around us

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Catastrophe changes lives and solidifes a community

Still 17 Latina Standing

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You know, me singing the national anthem, there were some statements made that people were upset that they would have somebody from another country sing the national anthem, but to set the record straight, I was born and raised in New York; you can’t get more New York than me. Marc Anthony, on the TV show LIVE with Kelly and Michael – referring to negative comments on social media sites after his performance of God Bless America at an MLB All-Star Game in July, 2013.



Food fashionista, chef Aaron Sanchez, lends his Latino flair to design of Skull shoe line for kitchen professionals

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After threat of a Republican filibuster was thwarted, Thomas Perez became the first Dominican American to hold a cabinet-level post as President Obama’s Labor Secretary

Perez stirs Dominican pride Dominican Americans in Phoenix and across the United States were proud when the U.S. Senate Republicans’ logjam against Thomas Perez’s confirmation burst and he became Labor Secretary – replacing a Latina, Hilda Solis, who held the cabinet position before him. Perez becomes the first Dominican American ever to serve at the cabinet level and is the only Latino in President Barack Obama’s cabinet. Perez is the son of Dominican immigrants. Esmirna Rivas Tejeda is originally from Baní in the Dominican Republic and now lives in Chandler. She’s an artist, a big promoter of Dominican culture and a founder of the cultural organization/website Dominican Flave ( She says Perez’s career and confirmation has stimulated local Dominican cultural pride. “As immigrants from the Dominican Republic and as Latinos, it is an honor for our Dominican community to have a political figure in the United States government. After all Thomas Perez’ years of working in public service, we are proud of his achievements, and he has all of our support for his new challenges,” she says. 12

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Another prominent Dominican politician hailed Perez’ confirmation: “This is a watershed moment in the experience of Dominicans in the U.S., and announces to the country that we will be active in this country at the national level for generations to come,” New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez told the Associated Press. The Senate voted 54-46 to confirm Perez. Arizona Senator John McCain was among the six Republicans who joined with Democrats the day before to vote to end the delaying filibuster tactic and bring Perez’ nomination to a vote in the full chamber. The new, 51-year-old Labor Secretary headed the Justice Department’s civil rights division since 2009. In a lawsuit last year, Perez accused Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his whole department of discriminating against Latinos. Perez has a law degree from Harvard University and holds degrees from Brown University. His background includes a stint as secretary of Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, which oversees labor law and workplace regulations. Perez is expected to play an important role in pushing Obama’s

labor agenda, which includes immigration reform and raising the nation’s minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25 an hour. White House officials said the president strives to make cabinet choices that represent the coalition of Hispanic, Black and women voters who helped him win re-election last November.

Show you my papers? I’ll show you my app! The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU-AZ) has introduced an app called the ACLU AZ -STOP SB 1070, because they believe – and at least one judge has confirmed their conviction – that police are apt to racially profile Latinos in our fair state. This mobile phone app informs users of their rights when stopped by law enforcement officers and allows them to report suspected racial profiling under the “show me your papers” provisions of SB 1070. It’s like carrying a bilingual immigration attorney inside your smartphone. Interactive map technology even documents the number of stops in specific areas. This high-tech, anti-discrimination protection is part

LP journal of the ACLU’s “United Against 1070” campaign. ACLU-AZ partnered with app developer OpenWatch to create the device. The Supreme Court struck down some provisions of the law, but left in place Section 2B, which requires the police to ask a person whom they have already stopped about their immigration status if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that the individual may be undocumented. It was the Supreme Court’s decision to keep this provision that prompted the ACLU to create the app. “The law clearly invites racial profiling and other abuses that are unjust, un-American and unconstitutional,” reads a statement on the ACLU app page. ACLU-AZ immigrant rights coordinator, Dulce Juarez, said that reporting breathing-while-brown stops and racial profiling applies across the board – to city police, U.S. Border Patrol and the state Department of Public Safety. “People were being stopped for bogus reasons such as cracked windshields or tail-lights,” she said. “We want police to know we are watching them and we are holding them accountable.”

Lest some be skeptical that abuse and unreasonable detainment actually happen, one court has already determined that systematic racial profiling of Latinos was practiced by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. A U.S. district court ruled in May that Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies violated the rights of Latino drivers and workers by racially profiling them during sheriff’s raids searching for undocumented immigrants, and issued an injunction to halt the practice. Sheriff’s lawyers said they will appeal. The app can be downloaded from the ACLU website at UnitedAgainst1070

At home with El Chavo and amigos Did you grow up watching the El Chavo del Ocho sitcom on the local Spanish-language station, laughing at the antics of El Chavo and his amigos in his vecindad? Did your kids inherit this Mexican heritage TV viewing habit from you? Then you’ll be happy to hear that, as of August 2013, the beloved, ragamuffin character is coming to the U.S. and he’s bringing friends like Popis and Quico. Toymaker JAKKS Pacific is launching a line of 18-inch talking (“Eso, eso, eso …”) El Chavo and friends toys, and the product line will include action


figures, plush dolls, role-play products, dress up, seasonal toys, table top games and novelty items that celebrate the world of El Chavo, including a variety of characters seen in El Chavo animado, the animated series that is broadcast on the Univision Network on Sunday afternoons. “With a rich history of successfully bringing popular entertainment properties to life and strong nationwide distribution at retail, JAKKS was the right licensing partner to enlist as we bring El Chavo animado to the evergrowing population of Hispanic youth,” said Francisco Arenas, vice president for consumer products, Univision Communications, Inc. “The new El Chavo product line will include some of the most innovative and popular toys of today, while connecting Hispanic consumers with their heritage.” The orphan title character was created and played by Roberto Gomez Bolaños, and first aired in Mexico in 1971. Today the show reaches 100 million viewers daily in more than 90 countries, including the United States. With Hispanic children constituting the biggest bulge in a growing population, the toymaker and TV network hope for gangbuster sales. The products (available at Target, Walmart and Toys R Us) are aimed at kids three years or older. Some older Latinos, though, will probably pick up a Chavo doll for around the office: When the boss is pushing on a deadline, push the doll’s button to say, “Bueno, pero no se enoje” (Alright, no need to get angry).

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outlets for knitting/crocheting supplies, is now in a new “The Art of Video Games,” curated by industry expert Chris location at Pima Crossing. Famous not only for the vast array Melissinos, is currently on view in the Steele Gallery at the of quality products they carry, Jessica Knits is a true center of Phoenix Art Museum through September 29. learning for the yarn-artist. Their classroom hosts a variety of Twenty gaming systems and 80 different games chosen on affordable, short-term classes throughout the year focussed the basis of polling results (such as Pac-Man, Super Mario, Space on special techniques or projects. The shop also hosts many Invaders, Tomb Raider and Flower) are included to represent special events sponsored by product vendors. 40 years of gaming history; visitors can play five of the games Not a knitter – yet? Jessica’s DIAL (Drop In and Learn) on display. Older visitors program allows those who are thinking of taking up the craft might experience nonplus; to get started with free instruction two times a week. Another middle-agers, nostalgia; outstanding service is the “Stitch Doctor” clinic that lets and the younger set, a customers access expert advice for problems with personal Steamboat Willie moment; projects. Make friends and get new ideas at their Thursday so, this is a great choice after-hours “knit nights.” for an inter-generational Location: 8660 E. Shea Blvd, Suite #170, Scottsdale. Open outing. seven days a week: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun. 12 to 5 p.m. Museum director James Super Mario World, 1991. Hiroshi Yamauchi, For more details, call 480-515-4454 or visit Ballinger says the exhibit executive producer; Shigeru Miyamoto, prois meant not merely to ducer; Takashi Tezuka, lead director. Nintendo of America, Inc. All rights reserved. document the evolution of technology but to explore “the artistic intention beyond the medium.” A hint of this is seen in what is, undoubtedly, the most engaging element of the exhibit – the wall of screens showing the ever-varying facial expressions of game-players. Location: 1625 N. Central Av., Phoenix 85004 Hours: Wed. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thurs.–Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m. Admission: $15, adults; $12, seniors; $10, students; Get more Vibe at $6, children (6-17)


equipment in the kitchen is their shoes. Foot comfort is essential to culinary creativity. That’s why celebrity Latin chef, Aarón Sánchez, perhaps as famous for his tattoos as he is for his flan, has been collaborating with the makers of MOZO® brand shoes, a division of Deckers Outdoor Corporation. The new Skulls series of premium-quality slip-ons is an extension of Sánchez’ original Red Skull line. New colors, orange and neon green, have been added and the distinctive embroidered Mexican sugar skull is stitched on the top of the shoe. “We are excited to provide more options for the professional cook who is looking for both style and functionality in the high-energy, chaotic environment of the kitchen,” says Jeff Bua, President of MOZO. The Skull Series is now available nationwide through select retailers; the shoes cost between $69.95 and $109.95. See all styles at mozoshoes. com. El Paso-born Sánchez is a frequent guest on Food Network programs and is co-host of Heat Seekers with Roger Mooking. 14

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Anaya says “Hotshot” heroes remembered By Catherine Anaya



suspense novel by Patricia Santos Marcantonio, and we all know to whom she is referring, right? Santos Marcantonio was born in Pueblo, Colorado, but has deep Mexican roots. Her lifelong interest in folklore has informed her work as a journalist, screenwriter, film-maker and fiction writer, but nowhere so overtly as in this book, released earlier this year by the Sunbury Press. In Marcantonio’s version, her protagonist, San Antonio police detective, Blue Rodriguez, investigates the inexplicable disappearance of children in her beat. Detective Rodriguez is assisted (and at times plagued) by her own psychic abilities. When she confronts the responsible party, she finds someone not so unlike herself – and that’s all we’re telling! For more information about the book and the author, check out and The Weeping Woman (ISBN 9781620061091) can be purchased directly through the publisher at (855-338-8359) for $16.95 and through other booksellers. A Kindle e-book version is available at for $4.99.

did extraordinary things.” Those powerful words came from Vice President Joe Biden’s stirring remarks at the massive memorial service honoring the 19 members of the Granite Mountain hotshot crew from Prescott who died in the line of duty. They valiantly battled a raging wildfire in the hills of Yarnell, trying to protect homes and lives when they were overrun by ferocious flames. For days we grieved through tears of gratitude as we gained a greater sense of who these young men were. The youngest was 21 years old, the oldest just 43; we may not have known them personally but, the more we learned about them, the more personal their loss felt. Our hearts broke with every detail we had to report about the young lives these brave men sacrificed to protect their community – a tight-knit community you can’t fully appreciate until you’ve been there. I spent nearly two days there covering the huge memorial service for the “Prescott 19.” Everyone we talked to either knew these men or somehow had a connection to them. We stopped by a convenience store the night before the service and learned that the cashier’s father was a prominent firefighter in town. As we stood in the dark of the night in the field outside the large arena that would eventually hold the 6,000 mourning family members, firefighters and dignitaries, we were approached by a man who stopped his truck to jump out, shake our hands and thank us for our “respectful and compassionate” reporting. He asked us to please come back one day, once the

solemn cloud had lifted, to report about all the wonderful things that make Prescott so special. Red Cross volunteers, who came from all over the country to help the overflow of public mourners outside the arena brave the heat, offered us water while encouraging us to “keep up the good work.” When we did the live broadcast later that night from outside Fire Station 7, the headquarters for many of these men, I watched in awe as a steady stream of firefighters from all over the world kept the impressive memorial growing along the station fence with T-shirts bearing their unit names. People from all over the state brought their children to place mementos amid the many heartfelt signs, like the one that read “Prescott Strong.” Fifty-one children are now without a father. That is the sobering fact that I just can’t escape. Eventually, Prescott will attempt to move on. The people of Yarnell might rebuild. But, for the families of the fallen and that lone survivor of the hotshot crew who so courageously stood up at the memorial with his voice breaking and simply said, “I miss my brothers,” their lives are forever changed. One viewer said it perfectly: “There were 20 heroes that June 30th day. We lost 19 of them. “ We must never forget. Catherine Anaya anchors CBS 5 News weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6 and 10 p.m. She is a mother of two, marathon runner and motivational speaker. Reach her at; connect with her on Facebook, twitter and at

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of the Phoenix Public Library are sponsoring Bilingual Family Storytime events on a weekly basis. Children up to five years old accompanied by an adult caregiver can join a group and participate in interactive activities designed to stimulate the acquisition of literacy skills. Sharing books, stories, songs and rhymes in English and Spanish will foster enthusiasm for language-based activities, give children a “leg up” prior to entering school, and legitimize the social value of both language traditions. There are benefits for all children regardless of whether they are from primarily Spanishspeaking or primarily English-speaking households. The libraries that offer the bilingual program are: Acacia Library (750 E. Townley Av., Phoenix 85020) hosts the program on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Sessions start August 20. (Program is supported by a grant from First Things First North Phoenix Region) Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N. Central Av., Phoenix 85004) hosts the program on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Sessions start August 21. No registration is required and the sessions are free of charge. Though the bilingual program is not offered at all branches, most do hold half-hour, English-only Family Storytime events (Acacia, Agave, Burton Barr, Century, Cesar Chavez, Cholla, Desert Broom, Ironwood, Juniper, Mesquite and South Mountain Community). Check out the calendar for a complete listing of group events for readers of all ages at


Latinas aim for higher learning By Diana Bejarano


an autistic child, shared with me her desires and fears about going back to finish her degree. I have heard many stories of single and married mothers who must find the courage to continue their educations.  The fear of being a “returning student” is very real. Even I, with a fouryear degree, often ask myself: why don’t I go for my master’s? As for many Latinas, chief among the many issues are time, money and determination. The desire is there in most Latinas I know. Is having ganas (desire) enough to overcome obstacles such as low income, early motherhood and expectations to be at home with the kids? It takes an independent and strong Latina to buckle down, do the research, decide what to study, where to go, how to finance it and then dedicate the time and energy to getting it all done.  Cecilia Quiroz, a 28-year-old, single mother is living proof that it can be done. It took her five years to get her Associate of Arts degree as a part-time student, another four years to earn a bachelor’s and an additional year to receive her master’s. Now, at 42 years old, she’s working towards her doctorate in Forensic Psychology. She’s teaching at the college level and helping other Latinas get back into school to pursue their educational aspirations. What are the benefits for Latinas? For some, it’s just being a role model, for others it is breaking the cycle of poverty. Higher education pays off. A 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics report gives the median weekly earnings of individuals with advanced degrees at

$1,351, compared to $626 for those with only high school diplomas. I was fortunate that my family supported my pursuing a degree. But, obtaining a bachelor’s was no easy feat for a rebellious teenager who chose to drop out of high school at 15 years old. By the grace of God and the prayers of my grandmother and parents, I took my GED test on my 16th birthday, passed and applied to college that same year. My mother, who didn’t attend college, had no idea how to help me with college enrollment. Luckily, I had a Latina mentor who drove me to ASU in her blue Jeep Cherokee and helped me apply. That act of kindness by Dr. Anna Solley (now the president of Phoenix College) was a turning point for me.  Going back to school can be scary and hard, but not having an education and not earning a decent salary is even more difficult. Today, I am committing to the goal of finishing my master’s and then, perhaps, I’ll pursue a doctorate. Bridgette, Cecilia and countless other Latinas have informed me that they are returning to school to make a better life for themselves and their families. “Anyone who wants to return to school or start school, they can and they should!” says Quiroz.   An Arizona native, Diana Bejarano, is a blogger, columnist, motivational speaker, marketing professional and a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Reach her on her website at or e-mail her at

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Debut novelist with no time to waste On-line resources helped her publish the story she yearned so long to tell Myriam Alvarez, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a journalist and freelance writer, who told LPM about the long road she traveled to publish her first novel.

What made you choose to selfpublish? Like many other talented writers, I received rejection after rejection. I tried to not let it get to me. It wasn’t easy. The last agent who contacted me was very interested, but after six months of e-mails, he just dropped the ball. At that point, my gut was telling me: I’ve come this far, why don’t I finish what I started? I decided to go solo. For me, self-publishing was the most gratifying empowerment tool since contraception! I loved every minute of the process, from speaking to my design team at


started working on what later became my first novel. I had a full-time job as a foreign correspondent at the United Nations in New York and was planning to take a six-month maternity leave to care for my newborn and complete my book. My beautiful son was born in March of 1998 and that was the end of life as I knew it! I had no idea the amount of work a newborn involved. Ten years and another baby later, I found myself back at square one. I never stopped thinking about my book, but finding time to write was a different story. Between my job and my sons, it seemed impossible, and, then, life really hit me in the gut when my five-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia. Desperate to get him back to health, I resigned my job as a journalist. But, a writer is a writer no matter what. After the first six months of intense chemo, my boy was able to go back to school as long as he felt well enough. Those precious hours alone at home gave me the chance to start writing again. I realized that writing was also great therapy. My son’s illness gave me a sense of urgency I hadn’t felt before: life is short; there is no time to waste. Thus my book came to life! Five years later, my novel was finished. Ironically, that was when my son was declared cancer free. I had won the two biggest battles of my life.


Tell us about your transition from journalist to novelist: Fifteen years ago, I

CreateSpace to finding an excellent editor on Elance. I had a vision and my collaborators understood it and I was able to keep full creative control of my project. My initial investment didn’t break the bank and, with my husband’s support, I was able to start my small business: publishing my book. I was a successful journalist for 20 years, but nothing compares to the satisfaction I felt when I held my book for the first time. It’s amazing how many women are finding their voices thanks to the endless possibilities of the internet and self publishing.

What is your novel, Flowers in the Dust, about? It is based on my grandmother’s life and her challenging marriage to a Jewish-German immigrant during the 1940s and 1950s. I always wanted to tell her story and pay tribute to all the women who, like her, made sure their daughters didn’t have to endure the same hardships they did.


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ach August it gets harder to choose “highlights” from the sumptuous constellation of arts-related events available throughout the Valley in the fall. There is not only a large number of choices, but so many that represent the highest standards of excellence in the visual and performing arts. And, the bounty is not restricted to downtown Phoenix – Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Fountain Hills and other neighboring towns contribute to the feast. The Preview mainly intends to reflect the sheer heterogeneity of events on offer, and to draw attention to family-friendly and wallet-friendy activities, as well as those that feature aspects of the rich array of Latino arts and culture.

Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology

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City Life: Experiencing the World of Teotihuacan, October 11, 2013, through May 16, 2014. This exhibition focuses on the daily life of ordinary people at Teotihuacan – the civilization that long predated the Aztecs in Central Mexico. Visitors will experience the sights and sounds of Teotihuacan, along with original archaeological artifacts borrowed from major museums across the country and ceramic replicas created by students at Mesa Community College. School of Human Evolution and Social Change Building at the ASU Tempe campus; 480-965-6224;

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Phoenix Art Museum Tamayo: Master Printmaker, September 21, 2013, through January 12, 2014. Tamayo’s works are assembled from the collections of Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum and private collections across the Valley. The exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of Friends of Mexican Art (FOMA) and is sponsored by the Milena and Tony Astorga Family Foundation. 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix; 602-2571222;

Julianne Swartz, Loop, 2010 (detail) Wire, speakers, electronics, 8-channel composition,130 x 140 x 10 inches Collection of Jean and Colette Cherqui, Paris. © Julianne Swartz

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA) Julianne Swartz: How Deep Is Your, October 12, 2013, through January 26, 2014. The exhibition gathers together for the first time a significant selection of her large-scale installations that invite viewer engagement in both subtle and overt ways. Organized by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, Mass.) and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. 7374 East Second Street, Scottsdale; 480874-4666;

Georgia O’Keeffe, Church Steeple, 1930, oil on canvas. Gift of The Burnett Foundation. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Heard Museum Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam and the Land, September 28, 2013, through March 3, 2014. A travelling exhibit organized by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe., N.M., with Hopi katsina dolls (katsina tithu) curated by the Heard. The show includes O’Keeffe’s depictions of katsina dolls and a selection of O’Keeffe’s New Mexican landscapes. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602-252-8840;

Dream Season by AztecSmurf at ALAC

Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC) Dream Season, by AztecSmurf, is on view through August 31, 2013. The exhibit features acrylic paintings depicting dream-like images in which the Mexicanborn artist tries to capture the essence of culture, beauty, mystery and heartache. 147 E. Adams St., Phoenix; 602-254-9817; 22

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Rodolfo Loaiza, Reencuentro – The Two Snow Whites. Oil on canvas. 27” x 27”

Mesa Arts Center Museum Messin’ with the Masters, September 13, 2013, through January 26, 2014. This collective exhibit features works by over

20 contemporary artists who have remastered “The Masters.” Featured artists include Carrie Ann Baade, Rachel Bess, Sandow Birk, David Bradley, Clea Carlsen, Enrique Chagoya, Daniel Martin Diaz, Lee Hazel, Siri Devi Khandavilli,

Brad Kunkle, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Adam Miller, José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros, Mike Reynolds, Chris Rush, Randy Slack, Christian Rex Van Minnen, Christopher Ulrich, Nichola Verlato, Larry Willis and Martin Wittfooth. The

opening reception is free and open to the public: September 13, 2013, 7-10 p.m. Some artists will be in attendance and guests will be treated to live musical performances. One East Main Street, Mesa; 480-644-6500;

David Portillo plays Ralph Rackstraw in Arizona Opera’s H.M.S. Pinafore

nominated conductor, Rob Fisher, and stage director, Tara Faircloth, make their Arizona Opera debuts. Season tickets range from $92 through $432. Contact 602-266-7464 or

Chandler Symphony The Chandler Symphony is celebrating its 21st anniversary. Conductor, Jack Herriman, and Associate Conductor, Alex Zheng, along with professionally-trained, volunteer musicians from all around the Valley, offer free Pops and Classical concerts at Chandler Center for the Arts (250 North Arizona Avenue in Chandler). No tickets required; first come, first served; suggested donations: $10 adult, $5 child, $15 family. Pops Concert: September 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Classical Concerts: October 6 and November 10, 2013, at 3 p.m. ¡Gratis! For more, visit

Arizona Opera H.M.S. Pinafore, October 11-13, 2013, at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. The state’s resident opera company opens the season with its first-ever performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore. Grammy-

¡FlaMÉXico! Mariachi meets flamenco Arizona-born composer Chris Burton Jácome shares with the audience “a musical reflection of two cultures forming a new vision, while celebrating the musical confluences of Spain’s flamenco and Mexico’s mariachi.” August 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Free Admission: first come, first served. Suggested donations: $5 child, $10 adult, $15 family. chrisburtonjacome. com

Actors Theatre The theater troupe is back from hiatus. Given financial difficulties, the once-resident company of the Herberger Theater Center had to cancel

EVITA 2012 Broadway Revival Cast. Photo by Richard Termine

Broadway across America ASU Gammage

The 2013-2014 season includes the hit musicals, Priscilla Queen of the Desert (September 17-22) and Evita, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical about Argentina’s legendary first lady, Eva Perón. Performances, directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford, take place December 3-8, 2013. Single tickets for the Broadway series go on sale August 19, 2013. Season tickets (7 shows) start at $123; 4-show minipackages start at $86. 1200 South Forest Avenue (on the Tempe Campus of ASU at Mill Ave. and Apache Blvd.) 480965-3434; the last two plays of the 2012-2013 season and take a pause to “focus on creating a new business model that will support its mission moving forward.” The good news this fall is that the company is staging one of the plays that had to be axed last season, A Steady Rain, by Keith Huff. The Chicago Tribune has called it “a gritty, rich, thick, poetic and entirely gripping noir tale.” Directed by Matthew Wiener, the company’s longtime producing artistic director; on stage October 25, 26, 27 and 31, November 1-3 and 6-10, 2013. Tickets start at $36; performances at Playhouse on the Park – Viad Corporate Center, 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-888-0368;

Scorpius Dance Theatre Lisa Starry’s A Vampire Tale: 10th Anniversary, October 10 through 19, 2013. Can you believe it’s been 10 years? Dubbed “The Nutcracker of Halloween,” this pre-Twilight vampire tale is a local fave and a must-see. Scorpius Dance Theatre is known for superb modern dance choreography and stunning aerial feats. Phoenix Little Theater, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix; 602258-9511;

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Chinese-born pianist, Lang Lang, performs with the Phoenix Symphony on October 24, 2013

Phoenix Symphony The Phoenix Symphony knows how to keep up with the times. Just take a look at their season and special engagement schedules. There’s something for everyone in the Classics, Pops and Family Series. The season kicks off with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125, Choral (The Ode to Joy, do we need to say more?) Andrew Grams will conduct and the orchestra is joined by the Phoenix Symphony Chorus. September 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. Special engagements include: John Williams and Steven Spielberg, a special concert to benefit the Symphony’s Education and Community Outreach programs. Williams will conduct selections from some of his most popular scores, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List and more. Spielberg will discuss his 40-year collaboration with Williams with film clips projected on a giant screen. Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Hall; tickets start at $250. 24

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Lang Lang Performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The New York Times has named the Chinese-born pianist the “hottest artist on the classical music planet.” Symphony Hall, October 24, 7:30 p.m. with JoAnn Falletta conducting. Indigo Girls, the Grammy Awardwinning folk-rock duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, perform live with the Symphony on October 11 and 12 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. On October 25, The Midtown Men (the four original stars from the cast of Jersey Boys) join the Symphony to perform hits from the 1960’s: Motown, The Four Seasons, The Beatles, The Beach Boys y más, at Symphony Hall. The eclectic Pops Series includes Symphony Idol (September 27 through 29 at Symphony Hall) featuring top contestants from recent seasons of American Idol, and the Family Series includes Halloween at Hogwarts: Featuring the Music of Harry Potter, October 20, 2:30 p.m. at Symphony Hall. For tickets and complete season information, call the box office at 602-4951999, or visit

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest, directed by Stephen Wrentmore, runs September 14 through October 5, 2013, in Tucson and October 10 through 21 in Phoenix. The Arizona premiere of The Mountaintop, a drama re-imagining the events on the eve of Martin Luther King’s assassination, written by Katori Hall and directed by Lou Bellamy has shows October 19 through November 9, 2013, in Tucson and November 14 through December 1, 2013, in Phoenix. Hergberger Theatre Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix; Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson. 602256-6995;

Marisha Castle as Mimi in Phoenix Theatre’s RENT

Phoenix Theatre The oldest arts organization in Arizona is staging crowd-pleasers this fall: the

musical, RENT (August 21 through September 15); a spoof of Broadway musicals, Ruthless! The Musical (September 12 through October 13); and a comedy, Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of The 39 Steps (October 2 through 20). 100 East McDowell Road, Phoenix. Single tickets start at $30; 602-254-2151;

Teatro Bravo Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya; directed by Ricky Araiza runs October 11-20, 2013, at Black Theatre Troupe Performing Arts Center (1333 E. Washington St, Phoenix) 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-20 at the door. Learn more about Teatro Bravo’s 13th season at, 602-258-1800.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Sergio Mendes The Brazilian Grammy Award winner will be in town on November 1, 2013. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39. Info at 480-499-8587 and

Sergio Mendes

La Gran Fiesta: A Celebration of Latin and Hispanic Culture Outdoor performances by Arizona’s top Latin bands, activities for children and families, an arts-and-crafts mercado, educational exhibits, food vendors and more. November 2, 2013.

Herberger Theater Center Fourth Annual Festival of the Arts “Celebrating the Superhero in All of Us!” October 5, 2013, 12-5 p.m. A day chock-full of experiences, activities and performances (four stages featuring local artists across disciplines!), plus pet adoptions, food vendors, wine tasting and more. Admission is $5, but FREE for kids 12 and under. Complimentary parking is provided at the Arizona Center. Kiddos are invited to participate in the Superhero Costume Contest on the Outdoor Stage at 3 p.m., 222 E. Monroe St. in downtown Phoenix. If you would like to volunteer, call 602-254-7399, ext. 105. More information at

Ib Andersen’s Cinderella, Photo by Tim Fuller

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Ballet Arizona kicks off the 2013-2014 season with the 16th annual Ballet under the Stars. The local ballet company treats Arizona residents to free classical and contemporary ballet performances in casual settings around the Valley. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and run approximately one hour: September 19, 2013, at Beardsley Park, Sun City West; September 20, 2013, at Estrella Starpointe Amphitheater, Goodyear; September 21, 2013, at Paul Mason Sports Complex, Casa Grande; September 26, 2013, at Fountain Park, Fountain Hills; September 27, 2013, at TCA Amphitheater, Tempe; September 28, 2013, at Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix. Ib Andersen’s Cinderella has performances scheduled October 31 through November 3, 2013, with the Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. Tickets start at $25. Ballet Arizona Box Office: 602-381-1096;

Mesa Arts Center Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club The internationally-acclaimed Cuban collective performs at the Ikeda Theater, on September 15, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Omara Portuondo, Guajiro Mirabal, Barbarito Torres and Eliades Ochoa with special guest Roberto Fonseca. Tickets start at $34, available at 480-644-6500,

La Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club at the Ikeda Theater

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Teatro Bravo Presents

BLESS ME, ULTIMA Performances run from October 11th-20th Doors open at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm showtime. Sunday Matinee, doors open at 1:30pm for a 2:00pm showtime *Thursday October 17th is a Pay-What-You-Can show with a $10 suggested donation. Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm showtime. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students (w/ valid ID) and seniors, $10 for children under 12. All Sunday Matinees are $13. All tickets can be purchased at the door or from our website @ and Facebook. Each site will have a link to Eventbrite. All appropriate links will be available in September. Performances will be at The Black Theatre Troupe Performing Arts Center located at 1333 E. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034 For more information call

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Written by Rudy Anaya Directed by Ricky Araiza Teatro Bravo is proud to open our thirteenth season with Bless Me, Ultima by Rudy Anaya. The play tells the story of six year old Tony Marez and his nurturing relationship with Ultima, a wise curandera who has come to stay with Tony and his family in the last year of her life. Throughout his time with Ultima, Tony delves into a spiritual transformation during cultural and societal changes in the American Southwest.

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Movin’ Up Dr. “Skip” Garcia is UA’s new VP for health sciences Joe G. N. “Skip” Garcia has been appointed senior vice president for health sciences at the University of Arizona. He will assume his duties in September and also serve as an endowed professor of medicine. As vice-president, Garcia will guide UA in its endeavor to become an international leader in biomedical research. He will provide leadership for the Arizona Health Sciences Center colleges through the integration of undergraduate and graduate education, research, service and clinical activities. Dr. Garcia is a passionate advocate for the training of physician-scientists and is an active supporter of minority medical and science students.

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Garcia is also charged with the oversight of the University of Arizona Cancer Center. He is an accomplished physician and scientist, internationally recognized for his genetics-based research on lung disease and for developing novel therapies for acute inflammatory lung disease. Garcia has produced nearly 400 peer-reviewed publications and an expansive portfolio of NIH-sponsored research.

Native American/Latino spirituality in the healing process.

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Louise Baca

Baca to chair NCSPP conference Louise Baca, Ph.D., Professor in the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix, has been named chair of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) midwinter conference. The NCSPP is dedicated to advancing the development of the highest quality graduate training in professional psychology. Baca is a specialist in diversity training and group psychotherapy. Her current work pertains to the use of

Dr. Eugene Garcia, professor emeritus at Arizona State University and former dean of the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education, has accepted a position as Distinguished Professor of Research at The National Hispanic University (NHU) in San José, California. An expert in early childhood and bilingual education, Dr. Garcia will help develop and expand access to programs that address the skills and knowledge needed to prepare today’s professionals for the broadening demands of the field of early childhood education. He will also represent NHU as an advocate for early childhood education, and promote research at NHU designed to influence public policy and practice.

International book award for “Sofia” Albert Monreal Quihuis won second place in the category of Best Latino

Focused Children’s Picture Book - English at The 2013 International Latino Book Awards held at the Instituto Cervantes in New York last May for his 2011 Sofia’s Awesome Tamale Day. The book was the first effort from this Mesa-based financial planner. A second work, In Search of the Lost Art of Making Tortillas, was published in 2012.

New Board Leadership for CPLC The new Board of Directors Executive Committee for Chicanos por la Causa, Inc. (CPLC) has been announced. Set to serve two-year terms in their new positions are: Abe Arvizu, Jr. (City of Phoenix Aviation Department), Chair; Leonardo Loo (Quarles and Brady, L.L.P.), Vice Chair; Carmen Cornejo (CadenaDREAM Act Advocacy and Critical Mass Communications, L.L.C.), Secretary; and Antonio Moya (Salt River Project), Treasurer. Additionally, Stephanie Acosta (John R. David Elementary) joined the Board this year. CPLC, whose mission is to serve all people in economic need, is the third largest Hispanic non-profit in the country.

Helios taps Colón for VP post Braulio Colón has accepted the position of Vice President and Program Director for Post-secondary Education Success Initiatives in Arizona and Florida for the Helios

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Education Foundation. Colón has extensive experience with helping first-generation and under-represented students gain access to, and succeed in, post-secondary education. He will assist colleagues in implementing the Foundation’s new theory of change focused on strengthening student support programs critical to college persistence and completion. [See his commentary in this issue’s My Perspective.]

Congressman Ed Pastor

Pastor honored by NEA On July 2, 2013, the National Education Association (NEA) honored a dozen of America’s human and civil rights heroes at its annual awards dinner. Among the award recipients is Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor, who was recognized for, among other achievements, his extraordinary efforts in advocating for children’s issues and enhancing educational opportunities for the underprivileged; he is especially notable for his commitment to DREAMers. Pastor received the NEA President’s Award.

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Marshmallow treat

An expert lays out key strategies for how to win at the game of life A NEW TAKE ON THE “MARSHMALLOW THEORY” BY

bestselling self-help author and much-sought-after motivational speaker, Joachim de Posada, was released earlier this year. The book, Keep Your Eye on the Marshmallow (2013), is a follow-up to two previous volumes, Don’t Eat the Marshmallow ... Yet! (with Ellen Singer; 2005) and Don’t Gobble the Marshmallow ... Ever! (with Ellen Singer; 2007). If you aren’t acquainted with the phrase “marshmallow theory,” it refers to a famous psychological experiment that explored children’s ability to restrain the impulse to seek an immediate reward for the promise of greater future rewards. The study design was very simple: a marshmallow is placed in front of a child who is told that the researcher must go out for a bit; the child can eat the marchmallow if they want but, if they wait for the researcher to return after 15 minutes, they will get two marshmallows instead of just the one. Many years after the original experiment, the Stanford researchers found that those children who had refrained from eating the one marshmallow in order to get two had greater academic and career success than those who demonstrated less impulse control. The ability to delay gratification was a significant predictor of success. In the “marshmallow” series, de Posada expounds on the importance of this key principle for achieving the life objectives most important to you. The ability to keep one’s eye on the prize and not be distracted by short-term triumphs can often trump other talents in ensuring goal attainment. Keep Your Eye on the Marshmallow focuses on the special problems of trying to get ahead in tough economic times when our perceptions of risk, reward and opportunity often shift. De Posada and Andelman also tackle issues of how “success” should best be defined. Situations and solutions are illustrated in Marshmallow by engaging parables in which series characters, centered on Arthur, a one-time chauffeur, play out plausible scenarios in which the consequences of various courses of action can be dissected. The book teaches the reader that understanding the psychology behind our economic choices allows us to avoid the pitfalls of following “gut feelings” and conventional wisdom, so that we are truly in control of our economic destinies.

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Excerpt from Keep Your Eye on the Marshmallow (from Chapter 2, pp. 21-22) A month later, Arthur was again driving Mr. Slow to a talk. This time they were in New Jersey, on the way to an appearance before MBA candidates at Princeton University. “Arthur, there’s a McDonald’s up ahead on the right. Stop in there for a moment, will you?” Arthur, thinking they were going to have breakfast, smiled and nodded. Even though he’d had breakfast before

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he left the house this morning, he could always go for a little snack. But when they got there, Mr. Slow got out of the car and said, “Arthur, I’m going to the men’s room. Come with me.” “Uh, sir?” “Just follow me.” Once the restroom door closed, Mr. Slow started taking his clothes off. “Mr. Slow,” Arthur said, trying to make a joke, “that’s not what you hired me for!” “No, no, of course not!” he said, roaring with laughter. “No, today I am going to test you. They don’t know me in Princeton, so you’re going to do the speech.” “WHAT?!?” Mr. Slow kept removing articles from his three-piece, finely hand-tailored suit and passed them over to his startled chauffeur. “You’re kidding, Mr. Slow, right? Come on, don’t do this to me. I will happily tell you the speech back in the car, but I will not stand in front of strangers and recite your speech. That’s ridiculous!” “C’mon, my boy,” Mr. Slow said. “You said you knew my speech. You’re such a big shot that you think you can give my speech? Okay, you can do it today at Princeton University.” “I cannot do that. No way, sir.” Arthur was steadfast, determined not to budge. “Well, if you won’t give the speech, Arthur, you’re fired.” Mr. Slow sighed heavily and started putting his pants back on. “I’m fired?” Arthur looked at his boss of the past decade for some sort of signal that this was all a gag, a big joke. But Mr. Slow wasn’t laughing. “Mr. Slow, please! I need this job. I cannot be fired.” Arthur realized he had no choice but to accept the challenge, uncertain whether Mr. Slow would actually fire him in the men’s room of a New Jersey fast-food restaurant. Arthur dressed as Mr. Slow; Mr. Slow became the chauffeur, carrying on the charade to the point of getting behind the wheel of the car and telling Arthur to sit in the back as a VIP passenger would.

Reaching the university auditorium, Mr. Slow took a seat in the back of the room and nodded to Arthur to take the long walk to the stage. Arthur shook hands with the assorted business school students present; they assumed he was Mr. Slow and, while he never confirmed it, he didn’t deny it, either. Arthur took a seat on the stage as the program got underway. As his turn to speak drew closer, Arthur’s heart was beating so fast he feared it might leap out of his chest. He had no trouble speaking in small groups, but before him were hundreds of graduate students and their professors. Why had he ever boasted that he could give Mr. Slow’s speech? “Ladies and gentlemen,” the moderator said, “it’s a pleasure to introduce, from SlowDown! Inc., chairman and founder, Charlie Slow.” Arthur went to the podium and began. “Good evening. My name is Charlie Slow.” There was a profound silence in the auditorium. Arthur felt a wave of horror hit him. They know! he thought. They know I’m not Mr. Slow! My career ‑ no, my life! ‑ is over! He took a deep breath and remembered it was confidence that put him in this position and he would need some measure of arrogance to survive the situation. He started talking, one sentence leading into the next, forming paragraphs of shared knowledge, all presented by rote. In the back of the auditorium, Arthur could see Mr. Slow ‑ dressed as his chauffeur ‑ motioning him onward ... and smiling! Arthur felt his familiar confidence returning and noticed the students and professors hanging on every word despite what he, personally, thought was a rough start. It was like Arthur had the lead in the school play, emphasizing his points with the same dramatic movements that Mr. Slow used. Everything that Mr. Slow did, Arthur did ‑ only faster. Two minutes faster overall, in fact. When he reached the end of his prepared remarks, Arthur ‑ as Mr. Slow ‑ said, “Thank you,” and accepted a hearty



Arthur wondered if anyone would notice him throwing up in the potted plant on the corner of the stage. He did not even begin to know the answer to that question. Or maybe he did, but it was nowhere in his thoughts right now. He wasn’t even sure what his name was at this very moment. Was this something he knew? Could the audience see the sweat beading on his forehead? Did they hear his heart pounding in his chest? Was there any chance this was just a horrible, horrible dream after eating too many helpings of Akilah’s Cuban mojo chicken? There was silence throughout the room as people looked at Arthur, who himself looked for the nearest exit. I have to get out of here. I don’t know what to say or do. He saw Mr. Slow’s face, which had turned from pride to anxiety. As he stared at Mr. Slow for relief, Arthur had a simple idea. He looked at the person who asked the question and said, “Young man, with all due respect, that is such a stupid question that I will have my chauffeur answer it. Come here, Arthur.” And with that he left the stage, his eyes begging Mr. Slow to save him.

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round of applause, and then made his way back to his seat. The moderator returned to the microphone, looked back at Arthur, and said, “Okay, now we’ll open the floor for questions.” Arthur thought he would lose consciousness. He knew the speech, but could hardly be expected to answer questions as his boss! Oh, no! “No questions,” Arthur said. “I finished my speech ‑ all done.” “I’m sorry, Mr. Slow,” the moderator whispered, his hand covering the microphone, making it clear this was not an acceptable response. “At Princeton University, our MBA candidates always ask questions of our paid speakers. It was explicitly written in your contract ... So please, ladies and gentlemen, any questions?” The first hand went up and the moderator bid a young man to come forward to the microphone. “Mr. Slow,” he said, “you said that the skills needed to sell low-priced items are much different than the skills you would need to sell high-priced items or high-priced services. Could you expound on that theory?”


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Plenty of positives Detective Roberto Navarrete, Scottsdale Police Department Title: Property Crimes Detective (Repeat Offender Unit) Years of service: 7 years, 10 months Education/training: A.A.S. ; B.S. from the Wayland Baptist University, Texas, with a Specialization in Corporate Training and Development; attended the University of Phoenix in pursuit of a Master’s in Business Administration.

Career highlights: My most memorable experiences include being awarded the Scottsdale Police Patrol Officer of the Year in 2008, and being promoted to Detective in 2009. Afterward, I was selected and deputized by the U.S. Secret Service to serve on the East Valley Electronics Crimes Task Force for two years. I also act as an interpreter and attained certification as a Spanish Interpreter/Translator for the Department. Another proud moment in my career was receiving a life-saving award for saving a woman, with the help of another patrol officer, who had fallen into a canal near Old Town Scottsdale; she was hypothermic and unable to get out of the water. Another memorable experience was joining the ranks of the elite Repeat Offender Program Detectives in 2013. These detectives work meticulously to investigate career criminals perpetrating five or more crimes per week. On the job/valuable learning experience: One of my most valuable learning experiences occurred when I was called to assist patrol officers with a stolen vehicle believed to be occupied by Spanish-speaking suspects. As a new Officer, who had just learned high-risk stop procedures, I was nervous about giving commands in English, let alone Spanish. However, I quickly stepped into the lead role and was able to get the occupants to surrender and comply with commands that I issued in Spanish. This experience helped me to gain confidence in my ability to communicate effectively in Spanish under stressful conditions.

Why did you decide to pursue this career? As a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, I always admired law enforcement officers and their service to communities. This admiration and respect motivated me to apply for the Police Department in Scottsdale. I honestly wanted to join the Secret Service or FBI upon my retirement, but found that my age was a

problem for the federal agencies. Thankfully, the Scottsdale Police Department welcomed me and I have truly been blessed with great men and women in uniform with whom I work side by side.

Advice to others considering a career in law enforcement: Some people question why a person would be a police officer because it is a tough, thankless job that comes with great personal danger, long hours, low wages and odd shifts. But, the rewards of knowing you are making a difference in the community outweigh any negatives. My father was an immigrant church minister who gave over 30 years of service to his community and instilled in me how to serve and treat others by following the Golden Rule. If you are considering becoming an officer, your heart has to be in the right place, and you must have the support of a great family. My parents, siblings, awesome wife and kids have always supported me in my law enforcement career. This is what makes it easy for me to do my job everyday.

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Preparing students to succeed in college, career and life by Braulio Colón

Editor’s note: This past June, 2013, the Helios Education Foundation named Braulio Colón as its senior vice president and chief impact officer, charged with the implementation of Helios’ new theory of change with its focus on strengthening student support programs critical to college persistence and completion. We invited Colón to share his vision for his new post with LPM. OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS, I HAVE HAD THE

opportunity to speak with individuals from throughout Arizona about the importance of post-secondary education and the need to ensure that all students have the opportunity and access to earn a degree, license or certificate. What I have learned through these conversations is that Arizona’s community and education leaders want the state to be a great place to live and work and, so, desire to cultivate our future workforce to ensure economic growth. However, we must realize that the goals of improving our education system – from birth through career – and ensuring that students have the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education are inextricably linked with Arizona’s future quality of life and economic stability. As a gateway to intellectual growth and meaningful careers, post-secondary education, including programs that lead to industry certificates, occupational licenses and college degrees, opens the door to opportunity. Individuals who attain a higher level of education tend to have higher incomes, are less likely to be unemployed, require fewer statesupported services, save more for retirement and, in general, live longer. Post-secondary education also provides the kind of skills and knowledge vital to

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Florida to succeed in post-secondary education. As a result, we partner strategically in order to guarantee that more students are academically prepared at every stage of the education continuum – from pre-kindergarten through post-secondary levels – and graduate, college and career ready. Committed to the success of all students, we are also working to embed a college-going culture across both states that emphasizes and facilitates the successful completion of a postsecondary license, certificate or degree for every student, leading to meaningful career opportunities and a high quality of life. Although we are invested in the success of all students, our emphasis is on helping traditionally underserved populations: first-generation immigrant, low-income, minority and rural. Despite the clear benefits of postsecondary education, in 2010, Arizona’s high school graduation rate was 67.2 percent, about seven percentage points lower than the national average of 74.7 percent. Studies have also revealed that, among those who did graduate, less than half qualified to enroll in an Arizona university and nearly 60 percent of students entering community colleges were not prepared to enroll in creditbearing courses. In addition, less than 36 percent of Arizona residents have an associate’s degree or higher. According to a recent report by the Morrison Institute, the situation is even more urgent for the Latino community. In Arizona, 65 percent

of Latino adults have no education beyond high school. The achievement gap is very real. Between 2005 and 2009, 32 percent of whites but only 9 percent of Latinos obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher. We have work to do. Helios believes that, by providing students with critical supports, more of them will attain a post-secondary degree or certificate. Through our work, we have learned that by surrounding students with a high-expectations, college-going culture and preparing them academically, financially, and socially, they are more likely to graduate and more likely to enter and complete post-secondary education programs. By helping to create a college-going culture in the state, we are working to help families understand the value of post-secondary education and that high expectations for academic success start in the home. Students need family and community support to achieve postsecondary success and we want to make sure that families have the information and resources they need to create that high-expectations culture in the home. Helios is a unique partner. As a foundation engaged and embedded in specific communities, the Helios Foundation contributes its leadership, expertise and financial resources to improving students’ chances to succeed. Since 2006, Helios has invested over $125 million in education-related programs and initiatives in the states of Arizona and Florida.

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In our Post-secondary Success Impact Area, we contribute leadership, expertise and resources in the following ways: Structure supports to facilitate successful transition to creditbearing courses We work to help students complete developmental education and successfully transition to credit-bearing work through structured supports that enable them to “catch up” while pursuing a degree or certificate. Construct scholarships to support persistence and completion We support innovative scholarship structures and designs with the potential to improve persistence and completion. Focus supports and guidance on certificate and degree pathways We focus supports and guidance on certificate and degree pathways leading to meaningful careers so that the path of study is directly tied to career opportunities. Through our work thus far, more than 30,000 Arizona students have taken the ACT college entrance exam at no charge. More than 600 students have received performance-based scholarships and more than 260 students have had the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge

biomedical research through the TGen Helios Scholars program. In addition, nearly 11,000 students in the Yuma Union High School District are receiving a high-expectations, performance-based, student-centered curriculum focused on ensuring that every student is college and career ready upon graduation. There are good things happening in Arizona. I believe in the potential of this state and the potential of its students. That’s why I’m pleased to join Helios Education Foundation and work to foster strong partnerships targeting post-secondary education initiatives. As community leaders, we have the opportunity and responsibility to enable our students to achieve post-secondary educational success. Not only will it improve individual lives, but it will strengthen Arizona communities and the state’s overall economy. To learn more about Helios Education Foundation, please visit Braulio Colón recently joined Helios Education Foundation as the Vice President and Program Director of Post-secondary Education Initiatives. He works in conjunction with the Foundation’s community investment team to identify partnership opportunities and implement the Foundation’s strategic post-secondary initiative goals in Arizona and Florida.

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Once widely ridiculed as charlatans, chiropractors are now recognized as highly skilled healers By Robrt Pela


my own rule about never lifting anything bigger than my head, I was a basket case. The tension in the back of my neck and shoulders resulted in stress headaches that felt like ice picks being driven into my skull. The burning sensation between my shoulder blades made it nearly impossible to sleep. Good old Dr. Johnson, who has been my general practitioner since I was three years old and saw me through dozens of childhood injuries and a tonsillectomy, offered this advice: “Take some aspirin.” I wanted to brain him. Instead, I stumbled down the street and into the office of a local chiropractor. After my first visit, my headaches disappeared. My second adjustment wiped out the stiffness in my neck and shoulders. By my third trip to the chiropractor, I was hooked. I am not alone. According to a recent Gallup Poll, ten percent of all Americans – that’s nearly thirty million people – have used chiropractic services within the past year. Once widely ridiculed as charlatans, chiropractors are recognized today as highly skilled healers who work in tandem with M.D.s and physical therapists in occupational health, sports medicine, and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices. In fact, chiropractors (required to take more college hours than a regular M.D.) now represent the third largest group of doctoral-level health professionals in the United States, after M.D.s and dentists. Hospitals across the country are adding back crackers to their staffs, and they are turning up on more and more “preferred provider” lists. What’s more, chiropractic medicine is now covered by many workers’ compensation plans as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Chiropractic is derived from the Greek word chiropraktikos, which means “effective treatment by hand.” Purveyors of this healing art believe that your health depends in large part on a well-tuned nervous system. Chiropractic health care tends to focus on the

spine, because the nerves extending from the spine are linked to all parts of the body. The displacement of the spinal column from an accident, physical overexertion, or even plain old stress can result in malfunctions in other parts of the body. Re-aligning your spine by manipulating vertebrae that are out of whack allows your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably. Your chiropractor will consider more than just

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your spine. Taking into consideration your personal medical history, a physical examination, and probably an X-ray or two (but never any drugs), he (or she) will locate and adjust any musculoskeletal area of the body that’s not functioning properly. Once your particular dysfunction is identified, the chiropractor will set about kneading your flesh, manipulating your bones and, quite possibly, even folding you up like a pretzel. Occasionally a well-outfitted bone jockey will use “activator” instruments, which apply pressure to areas that are out of alignment or aren’t moving within their normal range of motion. Either way, chiropractic adjustments rarely hurt; the adjustment itself lasts a fraction of a second, yet delivers as much as 200 pounds of pressure per square inch. The movement isolates the errant joint, unsticks it and then forces it through its intended arc of motion. Usually there is a brief “crunch” as the joint settles back into place – sort of like the sound your kid brother makes cracking his knuckles, but with the volume turned up. Despite this vaguely unsettling “snap-crackle-pop,” experts insist that the risk of injury to a patient during an adjustment is about a million to one. Chiropractic care isn’t just about

easing your aching bones. “The big misunderstanding about chiropractic medicine is that it’s about putting joints back into place,” according to Raymond Hall, D.C., a West Los Angeles specialist in chiropractic sports medicine. “That’s an outdated theory. It’s about removing nerve interference. The nervous system controls and coordinates all functions. If there is pressure or interference in the nervous system caused by out-of-place joints, the body can’t function properly, and can’t heal itself.” The location and realignment of off-kilter joints allows your body to resume normal healing patterns, Hall says. Chiropractic medicine encompasses several areas of wellness, including joint and muscle fitness and proper nutrition. It is this close attention to the body’s optimal joint and muscle balance, Hall says, that places it among the most beneficial medical treatment for athletes. Both professional and weekend jocks are discovering the relationship between proper spinal alignment and reaching their highest level of achievement. The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation has published findings that demonstrate significant increases in athletic performance after only three months of regular chiropractic treatment.


“Many chiropractors are trained to work with athletes,” Hall says, “and have a better understanding of sports injuries and physical fitness than other health professionals.” This specialized training allows them to help you achieve a better range of motion, better flexibility, improved reaction times and fewer injuries. Sports chiropractors are usually better equipped with current information on nutrition, diet and conditioning, as well. Regular visits to a chiropractor can also prevent future injuries, reports John Triano, D.C., Ph.D., a chiropractor at the Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas. Adjustments can prevent muscle strain during your workout by maintaining your body’s fullest range of motion, and will ensure that your joints aren’t misaligned, which could lead to joint dysfunction down the road. “Better-coordinated movement patterns between bone and muscle create a more even distribution of weight, which prevents muscle strain during exercise,” Triano says. “And, well-distributed weight prevents further

misalignments and the chance of future injuries.” Another advantage of chiropractic medicine is that there are virtually no deleterious side effects from its manipulations. If you experience a little residual soreness the day after an adjustment, it’s the same tenderness you experience the morning after a good workout, caused by lactic acid released by tissues that have been manipulated. The risk of injury to a patient during an adjustment is very slim, according to Hall, who claims that it is four hundred times more likely that a person would be injured from ingesting an Advil, which can cause gastrointestinal bleeding in some people. Perhaps the best news is that chiropractic effects are almost instantaneous. “The response to a chiropractic adjustment is immediate,” Triano says. “Unlike a lot of medical treatments, you can tell right after a treatment whether or not your body is responding.” Now, there’s a claim no other medicine can make.

Choosing a chiropractor If you are experiencing a pain that doesn’t go away in a couple of hours and was brought on by more than just minor strain, it may be time to visit a chiropractor. But which one? Consider the following: Make sure your chiropractor is licensed in your state. His chiropractic license should be prominently displayed in his office; if it isn’t, ask to see it. As with any medical professional, choose someone with whom you can communicate well. If you’re afraid to tell him where it hurts, or if you are uncomfortable receiving adjustments by a female chiropractor, you won’t receive optimal medical treatment. Be choosy. If you are training for a marathon, seek out a chiropractor who specializes in sports medicine. If you suspect your recent weight gain has thrown your body out of whack, choose a chiropractor who offers nutrition counseling. Find a bone jockey who considers the whole picture: muscle balance, joint function, nutrition and, most important of all, one who offers gentle manipulation that is specific to what is troubling you. Finally, be sure that you need to seek chiropractic help. A torn calf muscle does not necessitate a visit to a bone cruncher, but a pattern of injured calf muscles might indicate a larger problem, such as misalignment, that a chiropractor can cure.

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Choral singing – a satisfying outlet for vocal expression

By Virginia Betz


of televised singing contests have helped distort our perception of what singing mostly was in most cultures for most of human history – a public expression of social and emotional solidarity. If you love to express your musicality with your voice, but want to avoid the egocentricism that solo performance often implies, you should consider becoming a chorister. The Valley has many outlets for those who prefer singing with others, and there is usually a place for persons of varying talent and training. Below is a partial listing of well-organized and successful amateur choruses in the metro area whose expert musical direction guarantees the development of your vocal skills. San Tan Chorale San Tan Community Performing Arts, 2329 Extension Rd., Mesa 85210 The San Tan Chorale is a non-audition community choir and can number up t0 70 members per session. There are three sessions per season, each session culminating in a concert. The choir also participates in community outreach performances. Membership cost is $40 per session and restricted to men and women over the age of 18. The song repertoire encompasses many muscial genres. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. You can register on-line at or call 480-297-7552 for more information. 42

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Tempe Community Chorus P.O. Box 26071, Tempe 85285 The Tempe chorus is also a non-audition chorus that organizes it season around three sessions: fall, spring and summer. The Chorus performs at a variety of area arts venues and retirement communities. The music covers a complete range of styles and members participate in song selection. The up-to-90-member chorus rehearses on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Smaller ensembles requiring a particular blend of voices, like the Mill Avenue Singers, can be formed by chorus members. Registration costs $60 per session; click “Join us” at tempecommunitychorus. org to join, or click “Contact us” to arrange to practice with the chorus during the first three weeks of rehearsal before commiting to join. The Chorus rehearses at University Presbyterian Church at 139 East Alameda Drive, Tempe 85282. Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix P.O. Box 217, Phoenix 85001; 602-271-9396 Orpheus has been around since 1929 and is made up exclusively of volunteer singers. They perform in a variety of venues, local, national and international, have made numerous recordings and are involved in a number of musical and non-musical community service activities. Members have to be males at least 18 years old who have passed an audition. To learn about auditioning, contact Rehearsals begin August 13 and are conducted every Tuesday evening, 7 to 9:30 p.m., through May.

The Scottsdale Chorus P.O. Box 5856, Scottsdale 85261-5856; 602-2580383 The Scottsdale Chorus is an all-female ensemble specializing in barbershop harmony. Barbershop features easy-to-sing melodies sung a cappello and arranged so that the voice parts form consonant four-part chords for every melody note. The Chorus is an official chapter of Sweet Adelines International, and they do compete with other groups in the barbershop genre. They are also into glittery costumes. Women of all ages, including under-18s, are invited to join, but must go through an audition cycle. To learn more about the audition process, e-mail membership@ Their rehearsals, 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday nights at Sheperd of the Desert Lutheran Church at 9590 E. Shea Blvd., are always open to visitors. If a less formal, more intimate group seems more your style, there are a slew of smaller choirs with very competent musical leadership that are always eager for new voices – just ask around. However, in a smaller group, a single voice has a greater influence on the total sound.

Good enough?? Most people really feel joy while singing, but many also feel that only the shower tiles would be a receptive audience. Is your lack of confidence keeping you from taking your voice public? Is that lack of confidence justified? LPM asked vocalist/voice coach, Dawn Kerlin (, some questions that wannabe singers might ask themselves. Are people good judges of their own vocal quality? DK: Not typically. What you hear in your head is different from what is heard out there. Record your own voice and listen to it – see what you think. It is a very good idea to be assessed by someone else. Joining a community choir is a great way to get such an assessment. Is it possible to improve one’s voice without extensive and expensive training? DK: Sure, but it varies a lot on an individual basis, particularly with respect to level of commitment. You can pay from $40 to $400-plus an hour for lessons, but an informal choir setting is a great stepping stone to improvement. Being in a choir helps you break through your inhibitions and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow singers with the same goals. There is strength in numbers. Also, guidance is essential; it is possible to try to strengthen your voice in the wrong way. Choir practice can introduce you to learning scales, easy ways to improve breathing control and other rudimentary techniques. Are there differences in the skills of a chorister versus a solo singer? DK: There can be. Basically, chorale singing is just more structured; vowel sounds must be sung all together. There is less focus on individual style and more on technique.

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Which of the Maricopa Community Colleges did you attend? I attended Mesa and South Mountain, transferred to ASU to complete my bachelor’s degree, then attended Thunderbird School of Global Management for my MBA. Most valued experience? Having the opportunity to do business in more than 30 countries before the age of 30 was incredible, especially considering the only international travel that my family had done was when my father immigrated to this country. What is your strongest personal characteristic? Optimism. Most influential person? My mother, because of her dedication and encouragement to our family. Of what are you most proud in your career? Graduating from college at the same time as my mother. We were the first in our family to finish. What is your favorite thing about your career? Helping small businesses succeed. It’s gratifying.

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Where have all the children gone? By Stella Pope Duarte


home across the street from a busy highway, there lived two little girls, five-year-old Sarita and nine-year-old Evita. They looked so much alike, curly dark hair, light brown eyes, dimples and small oval faces – so pretty. “Bonitas,” family members said and, they added, “We feel sorry for you, Pedro, for having such beautiful daughters. You’ll have to fight for them all your life.” The girls’ mother, Raquel, sighed and brushed away a few tears, “Yes, Pedro, we’ll have to fight for them. Look, my parents fought for me, and now we’re here in los Estados Unidos and we have a roof over our heads. We have jobs, as long as they don’t find out we don’t have our papers.” “Papers are impossible to get!” Pedro said, his voice raised to a cry. “How many time have we tried? Every time, there’s been expenses, doctor bills and the money we spent for my mother’s funeral. Now what?” “I can work,” said nine-year-old Evita. “I know how to clean houses and I can take care of little children.” “You’re a child,” said her father, holding her close. “You go to school and get your education. Someday you’ll be a great lady.”

“And me?” asked little Sarita, “Will I be a great lady, too, Papa?” Of course, he said, laughing and pulling her close. Raquel put down the spoon she was using to stir the family’s meal and joined her husband and girls. “We’re together,” she said, “That’s what’s important.” Her hands trembled as she added, “And you know the rules. Never open the door to anyone but us or Tío Charlie. He’s an American citizen. He’ll be able to protect you.” One afternoon, Sarita and Evita waited for their parents after school, wondering what had happened to them. Why was the sky getting darker and they were still not home? Why were their stomachs grumbling with hunger? “I’ll fix some food,” said Evita, smiling at her little sister, “They probably had trouble with the car. You know how it stops sometimes.” Evita fixed a plate of beans, rice and a bit of chicken her mother had cooked in chili sauce for herself and Sarita. They sat at an old wooden table, two warm tortillas in the middle of the table. “Eat,” said Evita, “I’ll put the TV on.” As Evita turned on the set, she used her finger to go from channel to channel and there, before her eyes, were her mother and father with their hands behind their backs, being taken by the police out of the restaurant where they worked.

“A raid,” intoned an attractive woman reporter, “this afternoon at Chuy’s has resulted in the arrest of five suspected illegal aliens, who will now be turned over to the INS to await deportation.” Evita screamed, even though she didn’t mean to. She looked at her little sister, who had no idea what had just been said. She saw fear come alive in Sarita’s eyes and big tears rush to the surface. “Don’t be afraid,” Evita said, just as they heard someone pounding at the front door. “Is it Tío Charlie?” asked Evita. A man’s voice, loud and threatening said, “Open the door now! This is the police!” Evita grabbed Sarita, ran and hid under the bed with her as the door flung open. “I know they’re here,” said one of the sheriff’s deputies. “Find them; they’ll make fresh meat for whoever out there wants them. We have to teach these illegals a lesson. They’ll be lucky if they ever see them again.”

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you are healthy. A simple headache alters your mood, and a more serious illness makes life miserable for us and our families. Our health is our greatest asset and must be matched by an efficient health care system. It is no secret that our country spends more on the care of its people than any other industrialized nation, but does not make the list of the 20 nations with the best health care systems in terms of delivery of services, outcomes and life expectancy, among other measures. Without a doubt, an improved health care system matched by personal responsibility is urgently needed. Imagine a health care system in which everyone has access to health insurance through an employer, Medicaid, the marketplace, or Medicare, and no one has to be one illness away from bankruptcy. Statistics clearly show that tens of thousands of lives are lost yearly due to the inefficiencies in our health care system, and that medical expenses are the number-one reason for bankruptcies. Imagine hospitals not having to close their doors due to the uncompensated care provided to the uninsured that come to their emergency rooms. To cover the losses from providing charity care, hospitals charge those with health insurance more; when insurers have to pay out more, our premiums go up. Imagine a system with contained health care costs that eliminate our country’s imminent threat of financial breakdown. As we know, getting a handle on health care expenses has been a huge challenge for our country for years. Imagine a healthier nation where its citizens take advantage of free, preventive services, such as mammograms, colonoscopies and others that allow early detection of illness, and avoid expensive treatments for advanced, and in many instances terminal, conditions. We know that, in terms of both our health and its cost, early detection and prevention is better that treating advanced illnesses. For example, a 2010 CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) study revealed that 14 percent of Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions (which can be prevented in many cases) accounted for 55 percent of total Medicare spending on hospitalizations.

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Imagine a health care system where insurance companies actually spend 80 percent of the health insurance premiums collected from enrollees on people’s medical care, or provide refunds to the policy holders for not doing so. This would ensure that, when we buy health insurance, a fair amount of what we pay is available to actually be spent on our care when we need it. Imagine a system of insurance where no one is denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions, and no one loses coverage because of an illness, an honest mistake in the application, or lifetime or annual coverage limits. Of course, insurance companies would only be able to do this with an enhanced pool of enrollees, where both the young and old, and the healthy and less healthy participate. Imagine a health care system where insurance companies provide adequate care and, at the same time, have sufficient enrollees to make a reasonable profit. As much as we may have a negative impression of insurance companies, they play an important role in health care and, as businesses, need to make a profit. Finally, imagine an enhanced health care system that increases the demand for more health care professionals and creates thousands of new jobs in this and related fields. No doubt, a robust pool of new enrollees would need a robust health care workforce. This presents both a challenge and an opportunity. Is all this a dream? Can it happen? This is precisely what the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) proposes. Clearly, these are very ambitious objectives. I can only imagine how it must have been back in 1935 and 1965 when Social Security and Medicare, respectively, were introduced. The ACA may represent change on an even greater scale. A considerable number of the law’s provisions have already been implemented and another core component is about to added: the Health Insurance Marketplace. This could potentially produce America’s ultimate verdict on the ACA. Will it reject its offerings and let it fail, or will it welcome its provisions and give it a chance to succeed? That remains to be seen. David Parra grew up in East Los Angeles, where he worked in Christian ministry, then moved with his family to Phoenix in 2003. He has worked for AARP Arizona ever since. Parra currently runs a statewide, volunteerbased, educational program on ACA, Medicare, and Social Security.

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