(Note: This article along with Our Neighbor are being published to highlight veterans of wars in these lands as well as other lands. Please join us at this Memorial Day event as we remember and stand together.) In the week after Thanksgiving, my cousin Reggie and I traveled to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in […]

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El Blog

Our Neighbor

Our family moved to the US from Mexico in the 1970’s. Our paternal grandfather, Ignacio Corral, had worked all over the country for about 20 years and had decided to move his family to the Aurora, Illinois area. Our parents lived in the house next to our grandparents, with one fence joining the two yards, […]

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Several years back, around 2010, I visited Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. I brought a copy of Father Greg Boyle’s book Tattoos on the Heart home with me, in which he writes: “Though this book does not concern itself with solving the gang problem, it does aspire to broaden the parameters of our kinship.” Two […]

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This past Tuesday, December 8th, was the feast day of la Purísima Concepción in El Zape, Durango, home of my parents and grandparents. Tomorrow, December 12th, will be the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe all over the Americas and the rest of the world, but especially in México. In many of our homes […]

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This past Saturday, I was gifted with a pair of tickets to go see Andina: The Opera that Never Was. Created 80 years ago by the Colombian-born and Chicago-enamored composer Eustasio Rosales, a handcrafted copy of the never-performed Andina was found stored away by Rosales’s great-grandson, Arlen Parsa. Realizing that no one in his or […]

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