You Choose

By Anthony Saude My wife and kids are not only the most important people in my life, they are also the most frustrating. You can ask them for yourselves about the important part but I would request you don’t mention the frustrating side. That might not go well for me. I love them so much […]

It Takes A Village

By Michael Armijo “I am not insane.  I am angry.  I killed because people like me are mistreated every day.  I did this to show society push us and we will push back.”  This statement came from a note a boy wrote in Mississippi after he went to school and open fire killing two classmates […]

When “Dad” Becomes a Noun

By Anthony Saude When children are small being their dad is an action – simply put a verb. You will be “dadding” hard all day every day. It is our job to live like nobody else does so that our children can have a beautiful childhood experience. There is so many things to teach them […]

Heaven Is In The Sun

By Michael Armijo Faith in God is so incredibly hard to describe.  It something you have to believe in, something that can’t be physically proven, something that you just have to say to yourself “I know He exists.”  But how do you begin? Where does it all start?  How do you convince someone that there […]

Green Eggs and Ham

By Michael Armijo I’ve looked at society and the everyday human being, and I’ve come to a conclusion:  I just don’t understand. I don’t understand why some people act the way they do.  They insist on playing games with others and sometimes, so adamantly, they convince themselves that life really is the misery that they […]

Autopilot

By Sarah Sanchez    My to do list keeps on growing So much to do, people to see My life is one big schedule Penciling in the places to be   I drive as my mind is spinning Same route, another day Home already? How did I get here? I’m on autopilot, as they say […]

One Year Of Love

By Michael Armijo   There’s a song by Queen called “one year of love” that brings me peace. The song talks about how the singer who  had “one year of love, which is better then a lifetime alone.” I’ve chosen to apply this song and this philosophy to my life and to the death of […]

Call Me The F Word

By Anthony Saude I can remember a time when my father was home, he was drinking but not yet drunk, he was in the driveway working on the car. The car was broken and needed to be fixed, right? What did I know, I was 12 years old and the neighborhood bully was chasing me […]

Cherish The Moment

By Sarah Sanchez In today’s society, doing things “faster” is always promoted. The latest phone is faster; Google Maps gives us the fastest route; the latest hard-drive is faster than the one befo’re; “get cash fast” emails are constantly sent; we want the weekend to come by faster; we want to know the quickest way […]

Brandon’s Gift

By Michael Armijo As I stood in line last Thursday afternoon, I waited for my son so intently. Each parent I knew, who was waiting for their child to come to the attendance office at high school, I hugged. We didn’t need to explain why; we all just hugged. When my son came to the office, […]

The Boy From Holland

By Michael Armijo   After two children, I felt that it was time to think about our “child bearing years.” We had to make a decision: Should we have another child or should we hang up our parental days? Soon after, friends of ours were pregnant and we were excited about having children. And then […]

Tomorrow

By Sarah Sanchez   It’s tough when a loved one passes away. I’ve been to four funerals in the last few years, and it seems like it gets harder each funeral. When one of my dad’s best friends passed away suddenly two years ago, it was one of the hardest times for my family. Now […]

Lost Love

By Michael Armijo   I stood there in the courtyard, I waited.  Her little eyes, her bright smile, her warm hugs, I was waiting for them all.  It would be just a few minutes before that bell would ring, it would be just a few minutes before my little love of life would run out smiling, […]

Emotional Instability

By Michael Armijo   The other day I sat above the Tavern, where my counseling sessions are held, and again I have found useful knowledge.  Like-kind quality people love the familiarity of others who match their emotional state. Subconsciously we seek out others who are feeling the same and having the same issues. In essence, […]

Monster-In-Laws

By Sarah Sanchez There’s a movie called Monster-In-Law that came out in 2005, starring Jennifer Lopez and Michael Vartan. The two actors play a couple that fall in love and are engaged to be married. But Michael’s mother, played by Jane Fonda, makes it a mission to tear the couple apart. She’s defined as the […]

Modest Is Hottest

By Sarah Sanchez From shirts that show midriffs to bikini bottoms that only cover half of your bum – has anyone noticed the change in fashion trends? It seems like what’s “in,” is to show more skin. It’s hard to talk to teens and young adults about going against the trend, but local youth pastor, […]

Home Of The Brave

By Sarah Sanchez   My family and I went to a baseball game together a few years ago. A talented singer sang the Star Spangled Banner beautifully, as usual. I’ve heard this song countless times before. I’ve done the Pledge of Allegiance every day since I started school. These songs were routine, just another part […]

Redemption

By Michael Armijo One day, my friend told me a story about a freshman in high school named David that touched me so deeply. This is what I call redemption: David saw a kid named Ron walking home from school. It looked like Ron was carrying home all of his books, which was strange because […]

Our Life: Cherish The Moment

By Sarah Sanchez In today’s society, doing things “faster” is always promoted. The latest phone is faster; Google Maps gives us the fastest route; the latest hard-drive is faster than the one befo’re; “get cash fast” emails are constantly sent; we want the weekend to come by faster; we want to know the quickest way […]

OUR LIFE: PIECES OF ME

By Michael Armijo When I was growing up I had a great friend named Todd. When I would go to his house his mother taught us so much structure. We would sit down eat a sandwich a few chips two Oreo cookies and a glass of milk. When I asked for more which was overindulgence […]