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…
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…
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…
Encounter of the unpleasant kind with a presidential candidate
Mesilla, N.M. - I can't help but recall each time I visit Old Mesilla the encounter I had with George W. Bush during an interview with him while he was campaigning for president in 2000. Bush, the Republican Party's nominee, was governor of Texas at the time.
The interview included only a handful of journalists: myself, El Paso Times Photographer Ruben Ramirez, and two other reporters from New Mexico newspapers and their photographers.
Dick Cheney, the vice presidential nominee, was with and sat next to me at the table. It truly was a privileged opportunity as far as interviews with powerful people go. Several years before this, I was at the White House for a Hispanic journalists' round table with the younger Bush's father, George H. Bush.
Knowing ahead of time that Ruben and I might actually get this close to George W. Bush, I asked a senior editor for permission to ask questions about information related to …