Tag: memoir

  • Today’s Podcast: Cheap Advice on Writing

    Today’s Podcast: Cheap Advice on Writing

    The title pretty much says it all, these are a few tips that I’ve learned along the way about writing. Here I talk about some basics, such as finding a place to write, making sure you have enough time to write, and, as Rilke says, how to shape your entire life around what some of […]

  • Writing From the Classroom: Valeree Morales

    Writing From the Classroom: Valeree Morales

    Here is an essay that I find most engaging, provocative, and I bet a few of you out there might feel the same way. Valeree touches upon a subject matter that, in the Mexican/Mexican-American community, is a difficult one–what it means to be a “pocho.”  She’s a student at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, […]

  • As a Professor, Sometimes I’m Pretty Stupid…

    As a Professor, Sometimes I’m Pretty Stupid…

    I was worried the past few days. I was getting sick–again. The manic depression that had hurled me into a psychotic attack in December nearly did me in. My family and I got through it, but it was a dangerous time. Bipolar is a progressive, organic brain disease. And it’s a killer. The brain deteriorates […]

  • Witches and Tamales

    Witches and Tamales

    My mother Romilia had a husband before she met my father. She was fifteen, he was twenty-even. They say that another woman was after him in the town, and her mother cursed him for not marrying her daughter. “May he die within the first weeks of their wedding!” Well, he did. Just a few months […]

  • What I Reap From Mamá’s Stories

    What I Reap From Mamá’s Stories

    It’s been fun to post my mother’s memoir here on The Writing Bull. And it’s just as fun, and even more meaningful, to listen to her stories. Which, I have heard all my life. I have known, for decades, about her murdered father–my grandfather Pilar Reyes–who was shot in the street by some guy named […]