Coming Together

And just like for an instance, all his life is just folding in on itself and it’s obvious to him that time is a lie, that it’s all happening all the time and inside every moment is another moment, all . . . you know, happening simultaneously. Jesse, Before Sunset I earned my bachelors degree from Columbia College, Columbia University.  Recently, we visited the campus … Continue reading Coming Together

Knowledge and Understanding

Anyone can google a concept. The trick is learning to apply it correctly. Diverse in the City® In one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes, New Yorker and comedian Jerry Seinfeld voices frustration when the rental car clerk acknowledges Jerry had a car rental reservation, but informs him they didn’t have the car he reserved: See, you know how to take the reservation, you just don’t … Continue reading Knowledge and Understanding

Critical Thinking

It’s always the right time to think for ourselves. Diverse in the City® Creative thinking, analytical thinking and critical thinking are different types of thinking that involve different processes and have different objectives. We likely engage in all three when seeking to understand a problem, find new solutions for it and decide on the best course of action. So what is critical thinking? I’ve noticed … Continue reading Critical Thinking

Authenticity and Inclusion

Who am I?  Always me.  But how much me, depends on thee. Margarita Diaz I’m always me. Wherever I go, whoever I’m with, I am always the same Margarita. Authentically, me. We use the word authenticity a lot lately, referring to being one’s true self. To me, this is as much about consistency as it is about honesty. If I’m being honest about who I … Continue reading Authenticity and Inclusion

Uncomfortable Conversations

We don’t need to have uncomfortable conversations. We need to have honest conversations. Diverse in the City® There is no doubt difficult conversations can be uncomfortable. I take issue with the recent mantra that we “need” to have “uncomfortable conversations.” I don’t know about you, but I’m more honest when discomfort isn’t a requirement. Even when all parties involved are equally open-minded, certain topics can … Continue reading Uncomfortable Conversations

I Am Latina Enough

We all might be a little too much for some and not enough for others, but most interesting to me is the “enough-ness” of our racial or cultural identities. I am Latina, half Puerto Rican and half Peruvian. Spanish is my first language and Latin music, particularly salsa music and dance, are my passions. I volunteer teaching salsa to elementary school kids to share this … Continue reading I Am Latina Enough

The Family Parrot

“So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.” Will Rogers How much of what really goes on in our homes would we feel comfortable exposing to the world? The craziness, the gossip, the candid conversations? Of course some aspects of life are just private, but if that privacy was breached, would we be able to stand by … Continue reading The Family Parrot