The Latino contribution on the other side of the wall

Living in Southern California, we are much further along in several ways. First of all, most of the Mexicans (and yes, here, 99% of them are Mexican) try to speak to us in English. I speak Spanish so I usually end up having to clarify by speaking their language which they truly appreciate. Even if the workers do know English & went to school in the US, they are often Latino (again, mostly Mexican).
We also have many educated Latinos here & recently voted 99% in favor of bilingual education. Life is better here because of the cultural mix & people’s willingness to try to understand each other even when it does take some effort on both sides.
Our land here in southwest United States used to be Mexico so it is heartening that most people recognize that & do their best to appreciate their culture as well as their work ethic!
Peace, love & understanding,
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to the Home page of her blog to watch it:
Or you can see it on YouTube: 😉

Ends and Beginnings


I went to the car wash yesterday to knock the crud and grime off. I vacuum the interior every week, one of my OCD things, but I gave-up washing the exterior a couple of years ago. To old, to fat, to hot, too much trouble.

Depending on how busy they are the whole process takes about 20 or 30 minutes. I typically sit outside and read the news on my phone and watch the workers clean and dry the cars while I wait. The car wash attendants are now almost exclusively Latinos, as are construction crews, and restaurant staffs, a phenomenon that began occurring in our community about 15 to 20 years ago.

Several years ago a friend of mine who owns a construction company called me to reschedule our lunch. He had a conflict and wanted to know if we could go the next day. Sure I told him…

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