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Poem: "Retrospect"

Copyright © 1997, 2017 By Diana Washington Valdez

Retrospect
At the transit station People huddle While a drizzle Chills the soul The heart yearns; Through a window A face peers back Past the gray fog, A smile breaks; Doors burst open wide Rushed masses disembark; I stand back frozen, Held back by a thought.

Poem "When Cesar Chavez Died"

Copyright © 1997, 2017 By Diana Washington Valdez
When Cesar Chávez died
Dusty sandaled feet,
Darkened faces seared by sun,
Hands scarred by thorns,
Wounds and overuse;
The arrow of death flung
Stilled Cesar’s soul today,
Stunned farm workers
Arrayed in stony disbelief,
Leave fields with stout hearts crushed,
Gathered, stare at each other,
In unbearable quiet silence;
Their hot tears and mine combine,
A river of grief begins to flow
Watering the soil across the land,
From the grape yards of California,
To the apple groves of Pennsylvania.


[Cesar Chavez died April 23, 1993.
He and Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers Union.]

International fashion and style over time

My fashion sense over the years ...

Diana Washington Valdez/DZN

If someone asked me if I have a sense of fashion, then I would have to say probably not. If it's a matter of style, which is personal and subjective, then yes, I have that and so does everyone else.

Recently, I read that we ought to determine and let everyone know what our "uniform" consists of, especially in case of becoming accident victim or dying unexpectedly. What could we be known for wearing that would help others to identify us quickly and positively?

After giving it some thought, I decided that blue denim shirts are my favorite thing to wear. My next favorite, for dressier occasions, are Asian-style jackets, like the one in the photo at left. I own two other such jackets that I will be glad to show off in later photos.

Dolce and Gabbana?

I never was the most informed person when it comes to fashion. This was more than evident when friends in Los Angeles told me that Dolce and Gabbana was a major sponsor o…

Essay: A spiritual crisis can paralyze everything

A spiritual crisis can paralyze everything

F. Scott Fitzgerald: In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning.

A dark night every day

By Diana Washington Valdez

It is difficult to get back on track with this "memoir" because I am not always sure of whether the past is gone or still present. Our memory records what has already happened, that is certain. But there is another dynamic at work whenever you look back, the effects that the past have on the present and the future.

The term 'dark night of the soul' is described by some as a painful spiritual journey and by others as a spiritual or existential crisis. The best-known expositions of this state can be found in the works of mystics like St. John of the Cross (a 16th Century and to an extent in the writings of Aristotle. In his book "Siddhartha," German author Herman Hesse deftly and beautifully summarizes spiritual conflict through the lives of his protagonist, Siddhartha, and…

A spiritual crisis can paralyze everything

A spiritual crisis can paralyze everything

Quote: F. Scott Fitzgerald: In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning.

A dark night every day
Diana Washington Valdez
It is difficult to get back on track with this "memoir" because I am not always sure of whether the past is gone or still present. Our memory records what has already happened, that is certain. But there is another dynamic at work whenever you look back, the effects that the past have on the present and the future.

The term 'dark night of the soul' is described by some as a painful spiritual journey and by others as a spiritual or existential crisis. The best-known expositions of this state can be found in the works of mystics like St. John of the Cross (circa16th Century) and to an extent in the writings of Aristotle. In his book "Siddhartha," German author Herman Hesse deftly and beautifully summarizes spiritual conflict through the lives of his protagonist, Siddhar…

The real UFO scare

My UFO scare, Part I
I met an interesting resident of El Paso, Texas, who wanted to share her experiences with me about alleged unidentified flying objects and alien abduction. After hearing some preliminary details about her encounters of the third kind dating back to childhood, I hesitated.
I’ve personally never seen any evidence of the existence of aliens from outer space. I’ve read plenty of articles and books, and like countless others, viewed numerous documentaries and movies about the phenomenon.
One of my favorite Hollywood movies centered on the topic is “Encounters of the Third Kind,” a 1977 release starring Richard Dreyfuss. The scene with him and the mashed potatoes is hilarious. I’m also a huge fan of “The X-Files” movies and television series with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, a made for TV match if there ever was one.
My reluctance to meet with this woman did not stem from my desire to scoff at these things. Friends and I have kicked around the UFO question for years…