Skateboys, 1993. Photo Credit: Kathryn Ortiz
Skateboys, 1993. Photo Credit: Kathryn Ortiz
I took this photo in fall 1993. 
On the sidewalk in front of Amoeba Records, Berkeley, CA. 
I am sorry that I did not get the names of the skaters or others in the photo. 
Taken at a live remote broadcast was held that day to raise funds for KFJC-FM, the radio station that is part of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. KFJC is a nationally ranked, an award-winning college radio station. 
The station has a month-long fundraiser each October. Each DJ programs his or her own show with the caveat that 33% of the playlist must come from the Current Playlist for any given period of time. 
The Current Playlist is updated every Wednesday night. The programming exceptions include live bands, interviews, talk shows, and specialty programming, usually of a particular genre of music. 
Find the station at 89.7 FM in Los Altos Hills, CA. It's on the web. 

April 13, 2018
Alonzo Amador is The Man With the White Guitar
Hoping to learn more about the man with the white guitar, I returned to the McDonalds the next morning at 7:30 a.m. on my way to an 8:15 a.m. class. Again, there was little time to chat, but he is a regular at this location for his morning "Senior Discount" coffee. That's my usual coffee order too.
Between my not perfect Spanish and his more than adequate English, we spoke for a few minutes. 
When I asked him about why he wrote the names of El Cartel on his guitar, he said that he writes corridos about the adventures of these drug bosses. 
Corridos are stories told in song. What separates this song form from others is its Mexican origins and the subject matter common to the stories. With origins in the Mexican Revolution, the stories do not usually include tales of a broken heart. The stories serve a purpose -- to speak out against injustice or to share the ways people survive the harshness of life. 
The verb correr…

Guitarra El Cartel de Tucson Arizona

Humans of Tucson, Arizona
April 12, 2018

This is what happens when you skip the drive-through at the McDonald's on Irvington in the Spectrum Center, Tucson, Arizona. You park your car, go inside, and meet a man with a white guitar. A white guitar handpainted with a list of names of El Cartel bosses. Included in the upper right-hand corner is a small photo of Malvede, and an imageof St. Jude Thaddaeus is on the back of his guitar. 
I could not stop and hear his story because I did not want to be late for the writing class I teach at Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus.  I hope to meet this man again on another early morning coffee run on my way to campus. 
I want to know his story.

This is my UA Reads Blog

Introducing UA Reads at the U of ArizonaThe University of Arizona’s College of Humanities, the UA BookStores, and the UA Alumni Association are excited to announce the launch of UA Reads, a university and community-wide common reading program. UA Reads brings the campus and Tucson community together in order to read one book in common and to participate in focused conversations about the book and the topics it raises through discussion groups and events. This exciting new project provides UA students (especially first year students) with a common experience and enhances their critical thinking as they make begin their educational journey at the university. It also encourages a sense of community among students, faculty, staff, and the community-at-large. UA Read’s 2010-2011 book selection is Luis Alberto Urrea’s novel Into the Beautiful North.Undergraduates from UA’s Arizona Assurance Scholars, as well as students in undergraduate English course…

College English, Vol. 71, No. 6, July 2009

Presenting in New Orleans at 4Cs


Wildcat Pow Wow U of AZ April 11 2008

First, sorry for the delay between posts. I was in New Orleans last week, so photos of that are next.

The U of AZ Wildcat Pow Wow was spectacular again this year. I did not use the flash on my camera because I did not want to bother the dancers, so some of my pics are a little fuzzy. You can never take photographs during religious dances, like the Gourd Dance, but it's okay to take them while the dancers are competing. Notice the numbers pinned on the clothing.

A pow wow is a family affair. It's so refreshing to see multiple generations dancing together from Golden Age 50+, Adults 18-49, Teens 13-17, Juniors 7-12, to Tiny Tots. People arrive early with folding chairs, portable shade canopies, and coolers full of food. To begin, there is a Grand Entry headed by the US flag and an Eagle staff held by champion fancy dancers. Next in the Grand Entry come the honored Veterans, elders, and those holding titles such as Miss Native American U of AZ. After these groups, all of the dance…