Tuesday, June 23, 2020

HISTORY IS HISTORY

Across the nation, statues are being removed, or knocked down, due to their racists past. I have misgivings about this actually. There are two sides to this important controversy. The removal of these statues that glorify the people who stood with racism. I can understand the removal of these statues of men who were for the confederacy. That's un-American, plus its sends a message and perpetrates in people's mind that the white race is superior than the black race. Think about it, just for a sec. You see these statues, the logo's that depict black people into a stereotype. For example, The Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben's marketing logo. Is it silly to remove them? I really do not think so. It is a constant reminder of what our idea  of black people is, now whether you believe that or not but its true. Look at these products, Mrs. Butterworth, Cream of wheat, Sylvia's seasoning, and Aunt Jemima. If I were a black-American, I would find these images very insulting. Its these images that sends a subliminal message that black-Americans are subservient and inferior. Looking at the images I have good memories growing up with these trusted products. I never paid attention to the labels, but I changed my mind when I thought about it from a different perspective. Those images I believe were designed to be flattering in order to sell the products. Which made these companies a lot of money. In this day and age, maybe it is time to retire these outdated images. If removing these faces brings any type of harmony, then yes, lets do it!!! Being a Latina, we have our own stereotypes on Hispanic foods. That's for another conversation, this is more important. We need to change our thinking of which race is superior.
Equality. One word but it means a lot for most people. Its what we want, to be treaded equally. I know as a Hispanic female that's what I want. However, I do have an advantage. I look Caucasian. So most folks are surprised when they find out what my background is. I say advantage because people have a stereotype in their head, what Hispanics are about. Every person, regardless of their background should be proud, not worry if others are racists. Now for the other side. History. I love history, we can certainly learn from it. Slavery in our country was a huge issue, like how common it was to own human beings, the way they were treated. Erase it? no but maybe more teachings of our history to build tolerance.
Bottom line, things are changing for the good. State of harmony is the best place to be!

Peace and Love.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Political times =Crazy times

Times are changing. There is no room for doubt. We need this change, too many things wrong. Here on Long Island, which is considered a major region in New York that has a significant impact on state and national politics. On the local level, it is mostly dominated by republicans. That is slowly changing, its rough because some democrats are too far left. That does not sit well with the republican party on Long Island. One well known congressman that is retiring is none other than Representative  Peter King. He has been a representative for New York's 2nd congressional district since 2013. King does have a lot of supporters, which are mostly in Nassau County. Now Assemblyman Mike LiPetri (R) is running for the soon to be vacant seat.  He's very well liked, and he won that assembly seat from the troubled Christine Pellegrino (D), she is a democrat but to the extreme, she is far left. Too far. She ran a well campaign against LiPeteri, but towards the end the race, scandal broke out with her campaign and might have had to do with her losing that election. Well, Christine Pellegrino is at it again, she is trying to make her way back into politics. After losing the election to Mike LiPeteri, she went to work at the board of elections and now is currently running against Senator Phil Boyle (R). The problem with that is, Senator Boyle is the epitome of what this community continues to need. He recognizes people in the community, has one on one meetings in the community, plus he is easily accessible to his constituents. Definitely need him to stay to represent our district. Another person who is running for King's seat is Town of Babylon council member, Jackie Gordon (D). Now, this is the person who most folks would like to see win. So many  things are appealing about this candidate. First off, she is a woman, not just a woman, she is a minority woman (a plus for us minority women) she is a retired U.S. Army combat veteran. So this race, along with Senator Phil Boyle's campaign will be interesting to follow. Good luck to Jackie Gordon.
Primary election is June 23, 2020. I know it can be discouraging to even think about politics, considering what is out there. There are a few good people who truly care about our communities. As far as the presidential election goes, I am just going to leave it alone ....... for now. Too much discussion with that. That may have to be a podcast episode. Too much material, humor wise.
PLease spread peace and love.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Heavenly bodies


Everyone has their own version of the perfect body. At 51 years old, I have my own idea of it, which is a farfetched one at that, at least for me. I was a teen in the 80’s. Supermodels were a thing, and models in music videos were popular. So my idea was very warped. First you had to be blonde, blue eyes and a stick body type. Getting skinny is easy for some, but not for all of us. Unfortunately, I am one of those people. I can get into fitness, but my habits aren’t the best. I cannot attribute it to education regarding the benefits because we have the internet, so really there’s no excuse. I yo-yo diet but cannot seem to find a common ground. Either I’m a fat bastard or have the hourglass figure, there’s no in-betweens. I’ve have been blessed with five kids, my last one was a late in life child. Before when I had my kids, after every birth, my then husband motivated me to get to the gym and work off the baby fat. It worked, within months, I went back to normal. Ten years went by, then I had my last one, after the last birth, the motivation just wasn’t there. I have it in my head that during my 20’s and 30’s, I constantly watched what I ate, now, in my 50’s I feel like I still have to do that, but I’m at an age where that gets old.  The want is still there, but the desire is just harder. When you have a hectic work schedule, you tend to shove the exercising off to the side. Work projects, house work, kids, pets, spouse (for some) all come first. We women tend to do that, we put ourselves last. I know that sounds crazy, but I still do that. I make sure everything is done in my home, deadlines are met, and my kids have everything they need, including my attention. Then at the end of the day, I’m either too pooped or just could care less and I just need to sit down and enjoy some hot tea. I cook most nights; the attempt to cook healthy is hard. Now you have to realize that currently I have two teen girls at home, both 14 years old. My daughter and granddaughter, both love easy simple meals that include, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, and of course, McDonald’s. Trying to find that balance is very difficult as most of you know. If you have a toddler, it’s even worse. I still crave that perfect body. I still skim over the idea of cosmetic surgery. There’s so many things I would love to have done, but then of course I get scared and I put that thought right out of my head. I am lucky than most, I do have free time, but I make myself busy so that I’m exhausted at the end of the day and just want to meditate or veg out on my couch and listen to music or read. I have my treadmill in my basement, a huge T.V. and it’s nice and cool downstairs, and nicely decorated. I really have no excuse not to be down there, doing my cardio. My point is, getting into the habit of exercising and it will become part of your new lifestyle. Get your kids into a healthy eating habit. It will last a lifetime. In this day and age, slow down, look at your babies, and take care of one another.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

What's your sterotype?

Race can be a tricky and heated topic to discuss, if you do not have the right mindset. Me??? I love learning about different cultures, including my own. It's now acceptable to identify with a different gender than what you are born as, same as race and culture. Its what you identify with if you are from a mixed culture background. My dad, Jesus Corella was born and raised in Mexico. He came to the United States in the 60's. I love everything about the Mexican culture. I totally embrace so much of it. Now, some have accused me of selling out by coloring my hair blonde and occasionally love to wear color contacts, blue mostly. Is it selling out? Absolutely not, why does being Hispanic mean you have to have black hair, brown eyes? Isn't that a form of racism? I personally do not think so, I prefer to call being stereotypical. Is that the stereotype? There are a few typical stereotypes of Latina's that I got from the Los Angeles Times, which I found humorous.
1. The spicy sexpot. Oh boy! yes, I've heard this a hundred times. lmao!
2. The maid. Yes folks, we have been deemed a maid.
3. The Gangbanger. Chola's more like, or the girlfriend of a Cholo, which is a gangbanger.
4. The Spanish-only speaker. I think this is my favorite. When most folks find out your Hispanic, or Mexican-American, they assume or ask right away if you speak Spanish. Case in point, I do not speak Spanish. I can annunciate it perfect, I can understand words and even know a few phrases. The reason being is simple. My parents did not want us to learn the language. You have to understand first that it was the 70's, in Los Angeles area, when I grew up. They wanted us kids to be all-American. To blend in as much as possible to the American culture. They were very proud of their culture, in our home. My dad never flew a Mexican flag, it was always an American flag.
I guess I could get angry and maybe carry that rage inside of me of hearing of these typical stereotypes, but I don't. Am I any of those? Certainly!!! I will consider myself the spicy sexpot! lol. Only because I love wearing heels, form fitting dresses with cleavage showing, and lots and lots makeup. That's just me though. I know plenty of Latinas' that do not fit those stereotypes. Just like most different ethnicities, we all have a cultural background that can and usually do differentiate cultural sterotypes. They broke the cast. I am proud of my heritage and identify as a latina/ Hispanic female. I love it. Now my last daughter, she is presently 14 years old. She is proud of her heritage, her father is caucasion, and I am Hispanic. Even though she is half, she acknowledges her Hispanic side, and loves to learn about it. She has been taking Spanish in school, and excels at it. I am a proud mama. My other 4 children also embrace their Hispanic heritage. Which again that makes me proud. It is important to learn and embrace all racial backgrounds, it makes very interesting conversation. I never get offended when asked about my background. If you see me, just ask! We might talk for hours, that's WHO I am.
Take care of each other. Peace and Love to all.

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