Modern Day Hero

I was in the first grade when it all happened. It was a typical day for me as it was for everyone else too. I remember it being a crisp morning in the Fall. The leaves on the trees were a plethora of colors and I remember the crinkling sound they made when I walked […]

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Defeating The Odds, Coming Out On Top

Kenzie’s Mom: I walked into the hospital. The long corridor to the set of elevators seemed never ending. It was the same routine. Ground floor elevator to the 3rd floor. It was always an unbelievably long wait and it would make me anxious. I was exhausted. My legs could barely carry me. I ran home […]

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Savior

It was your 80th birthday and it was the first time I had ever seen you cry. The family gathered around the dinner table in your apartment, not sure how we all managed to fit in there, but we made it work. We had family come up in from Puerto Rico. We all knew the […]

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The Outcast Learns Acceptance

For as long as I can remember, I have felt like an outcast. Like people did not understand me. People resented me for reasons I do not know. Whether it was family, friends, outsiders I barely knew. People have always felt the need to label me or tell me why I was not good enough. […]

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“You Were Meant To Do This.”

“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent and the choices that you make will spare your life forever.” ~ A Bronx Tale I was 4 years old when my father brought me to my first Tae Kwon Do class. I come from a family of athletes. My dad played football during his young years, […]

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Stages Of Grief

I try to mutter something. Anything. I try to find the right words. I open my mouth and nothing comes out. The best I can come up with is, “I’m sorry.” First, I was in denial. I could not accept the fact that you were actually gone. I did not cry. My body would not […]

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Time Is Fleeting

“Abuelita, soy yo, Corey.” [Grandma, it’s me.] I felt a strong sting of pain in my chest when my grandmother did not remember who I was. Her eyes were full of confusion as she pushed me away. My grandmother, my abuelita, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of seventy seven. The woman who raised […]

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Breakdowns Lead To Breakthroughs

There comes a point when life can get overwhelming. You feel as though you cannot catch a break and everything is weighing down on your shoulders. You want to give up. You want to give in. You feel like no matter how hard you try, things do not go as planned. We can plan things […]

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Behind The Scenes Of Living In NYC

I was born and raised in New York City. I never understood everyone’s fascination with wanting to come to the big apple. Maybe if you grew up in a small rural town in the middle of nowhere, then I could understand why. I went to college here. As badly as I wanted to go away, […]

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3rd Avenue in the South Bronx

I watched my mother give a homeless man food once. It was Spring. We had spent the day in Midtown, Manhattan, and took the 4 train back to the South Bronx. It was a bit of a walk back to where my mother had parked the car. We had leftover food from lunch. It was […]

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