Hispanic Heritage Month: Part 1

I was asked to write articles that would be relevant to the broad community and related to Hispanics serving in our community.  As I walked out to the parking lot, the ideas started to flow based on the topics we had just discussed with regard to our press conference key note speaker.  Art, education, the military.  I immediately thought of an event that Allan has been participating in recently called Art Fight.  I decided my first article would cover Art Fight, its organizers, and its participants.  For the second article, I wanted to focus on Hispanics in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.  I remembered Allan told me stories about a pretty cool mentoring program that some of his friends had participated in while in college.  They say write what you know and I guess it worked out that these things had recently connected (in my mind anyway and this is my mind).

In my free time (?) I interviewed three artists, two engineers, and a veteran over coffee and let me tell you, they all have fascinating stories.  Part of me just wanted to listen instead of trying to capture notes.  In the end, I had a 2000+ word article and a 1200+ word article and lots of media (pictures).  After editing as best I could, I submitted them knowing they might get edited further.  My committee memebers were really pleased with the submissions.

I was a little bummed when the publisher folks came back and said we would only have room if the articles were edited down to 225 words each and one picture, but I understood the purpose of the publication was to promote all of the wonderful events and organizations that celebrate HHM.  In a matter of hours, I widdled my articles down to 225 words.  It felt impossible to say anything in that amount of space, but I gave it my best and most basic I could.

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I met the publisher contact last week and she said her reporters could have never done that.  I took that as a compliment.  She also wanted my contact info.  Maybe someday I’ll get to write again, but until then, there is always my crazy blog.  Which brings me to the point of this post.  Since the articles were a bit watered down, I wanted to post them here on my blog, not because I’m particularly proud of the writing, but because my friends have some pretty amazing stories to share.  Thanks to James, Celeste, Allan, Benito, Lilian, and Andres for allowing me to share your story.  And special thanks to thank Allan for having friends with cool stories, editing my work, supporting all of my crazy ideas and being my best friend.

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