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Lupe Ontiveros: A Voice for the Disenfranchised

Posted on 07/30/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

LegacyLupe Ontiveros cleaned toilets, terrorized her daughter-in-law and killed Tejana superstar Selena — all in the movies, of course. She poured her soul into every role, bringing respect and dignity to the poorest maid, humor and heart to the most despised character. But what I loved about Lupe, who died July 26 of cancer at age 69, was her passion as a mother, a mentor and an advocate; how she turned stage and screen into bully pulpits for the causes …

Carlos Fuentes on Writing: “A Force Beyond My Control”

Posted on 05/16/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment“Did my wife put you up to this?” Carlos Fuentes asked me when I insisted he wear a tie for our (AARP VIVA’s) on-camera interview and cover photo shoot. Fuentes, an elegant soul, a gentleman, and a literary master, was also stubborn as a mule. I say this partly as a compliment, for I too am stubborn as all good Basques should be; but I was equally frustrated, for he had already tried my patience the day before when he …

Striking a Balance in Dating

Posted on 01/20/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments


Cómo lograr el equilibrio en las citas

Posted on 01/20/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

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The Mountains and Molehills of Dating

Posted on 11/8/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

RelationshipsDo opposites really attract?   This was the question Segunda and I found ourselves mulling over as we considered another round of the Dating Game. There was one contestant, let’s call him the German “Mr. Clean,” that I had yet to call back for a second date. Why the hesitation? He definitely stood out as a perfect gentleman and his rugged Bruce Willis looks were sure a draw. Plus, as a triathlete, he approached life with the same sense of …

Las montañas y los granos de arena de las citas amorosas

Posted on 11/8/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En Español¿Se atraen verdaderamente los polos opuestos? Esta era la pregunta sobre la que Segunda y yo reflexionamos mientras considerábamos volver a aceptar citas con pretendientes. Había un participante —llamémoslo el alemán “Sr. Pulcritud”— al que todavía debía llamar para arreglar una segunda cita. ¿Por qué la indecisión? Definitivamente se destacaba como un perfecto caballero y su recio parecido con Bruce Willis era, sin dudas, un gran atractivo. Además, como triatleta, encaraba la vida con la misma actitud aventurera a la …