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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Again And Again

By Michael Armijo As I sit here and admire how beautiful life is, I thank God for allowing me the opportunity to better my life with sheer desire, hope, vision, and good will. But traveling to my childhood home and remembering where I came from, the horrid demons of failure, fear, neglect, and abuse creep […]

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 […]

I Can Never Go Home Again

By Michael Armijo I’ve always played the lotto with one intention: TO WIN! And when I thought about what I’d do with the money, I’ve always wanted to give my family careers, buy them all homes within the same block, and re-live all those days of sunshine that used to nurture my soul. It was […]

Is Anything Really Forever?

By Michael Armijo   The hardest day of my life was a year ago in May. It was like every other morning with the exception that it was their anniversary. Mom and dad got up, went to brunch, went home, and then got into a little argument. My dad wanted somewhere to go to be […]

Our Life: May Day

By Michael Armijo May Day is what alarms me. Not because of the significance in history, but the beginning of another “bad memory” time in life. May Day was a traditional day of celebration for laborers across the world, but can also be remembered as a distress call from someone in despair. For me, May […]

Why Remember?

By Michael Armijo   It was a story about a 9-year-old boy, Travis, whose mother died one day while at home. Without telling a soul, little 9 year-old Travis covered her body with a coat and placed sheets of notebook paper over her face. He then fixed his own meals – mostly frozen pizza, cereal, […]

A Place Called Brilliance

By Michael Armijo I believe in the old premonition that we all have a special purpose in this world, but I also believe that each of us holds a special talent. We all possess “special powers.” It’s not fable-like, or something you’re “born with,” but more of a skill that we hold. A passion we’ve […]

Our Life: “Missed” Opportunities

By Marissa Mitchell I used to think it was a shame when everything good that could happen, didn’t happen. Meaning, every time that I had an opportunity or potential opportunity present itself before me, if I did not avail myself of it, well, that was a shame. It was a waste. It was something to […]

Our Life: Lost In “Reality”

By Marissa Mitchell Looking at the way in which people are fettered to their phones, their computers, their watches, their iPads, their televisions, it’s a wonder that anyone would ever be able to stay present in the moment. Today, I spent most of my waking hours in front of some sort of screen, running around […]