“Mama looked into me and saw something worth believing in, long before I believed in myself

~ Keion Jackson

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In my mom’s belly. My mom on May 5th (her birthday), 1981; 48 days before giving birth of a baby girl that she named Jazmin (me).
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My friend Daisy in the magnificent Chicago Cultural Center | May 4th, 2016

Daisy and I were planning to meet in an afternoon after work, but there was always something going on so we ended up canceling or postponing our exploration. We finally were able to meet and relax in the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center. As we were taking pictures we talked about how we would decorate an event such as a wedding. We should be proud to have this gem in our city.

I look forward to exploring other landmarks with Daisy and other friends. I promise myself to stop postponing events, meetings, gatherings, etc..and make more time for me and for friends. I can’t wait to go out and spend quality time with friends this summer.

The South

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Scottsdale, Arizona. 2016.

My dad travels twice a year to Arizona to work. He sometimes stays for two months. When he comes back, he talks about the nice weather, how tire he is of Chicago’s brutal winter, how calm, quiet and cheap is Arizona. He invited me several times to spend a week with him, but going to a desert was not that excited for me. Until I decided to go and visit the place. I grew up in a weather like Scottsdale, AZ. The winter was in the 50s, that was cold for me before moving to Chicago. Most of the year, I live with temperatures between 60s and 70s. In addition, I had the Pacific Ocean by my side. Truly..heaven! Visiting a place like Arizona, it brought me so many nice memories about my childhood.

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Cactus in a garden

My parents want to move to Arizona as soon as they can. The dry heat, 70 degree days, fresh air, blue sky and the quietness of the town are appealing, but I wouldn’t live in a place like this, at least not right now. Probably, I would move to a place like Arizona when I have my parents’ age. For now, I prefer the craziness in a big city like Chicago. I would miss Chicago dearly. I had to disappoint my dad and tell him that I cannot move to Arizona. I can promise I can visit them often.

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A typical small house in Scottsdale, AZ

I will miss the snow, the train, downtown, the diversity of the city (something Scottsdale and I’m sure almost the entire state of AZ lacks), the delicious food from different countries that I have in Chicago, oh! should I mention that it’s very difficult to find a mailbox in Scottsdale?, the coffee culture (there aren’t many independent coffee shops, Starbucks dominates the coffee business), hot dogs, and even good tacos.

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Arizona, 2016.

I love Arizona, but I belong to Chicago.

Gravity

Something always brings me back to you,

It never takes too long.

No matter what I say or do

I still feel you here ’til the moment I’m gone

You hold me without touch

You keep me without chains

I never wanted anything so much

Than to drown in your love, and not feel your rain

Set me free leave me be

I don’t wanna fall another moment into your gravity

Here I am and I stand so tall

Just the way I’m supposed to be

But you’re on to me and all over me

You loved me ’cause I’m fragile

When I thought I was strong

But you touch me for a little while

And all my fragile strength is gone

Set me free, leave me be…

 

Chicago Artist Month 2015

We continue to celebrate the Chicago Artist Month as well as the Hispanic Heritage Month. Visual arts by Erika Doyle, Karla Olvera and myself will be exhibited at Brew Brew Coffee Lounge from October 2nd-October 23rd.

I’m proud to be a member of the Northwest Arts Connection (NAC) There are great events in October and November from other members of NAC. Check them out below:
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