In Which I Promise Not To Fill Your Inbox With Useless Crap

It's only taken me six years to put a newsletter together. Obviously, I'm a bit behind the 8-ball on this one.

It's not that I was purposely slacking on this very obvious (and necessary) piece of the platform puzzle. It's more, I think, that I had told myself I didn't deserve one until I had a book to push. Updates like author appearances and signings and launch parties and all the lines connecting the dots in between are just the kind of thing I sign up to learn about from my favorite authors, so I convinced myself to wait.

And wait.

And then I just forgot about it because I was too busy tying to take the scenic route to becoming an overnight sensation.

I promise not to fill your inbox with useless and pointless crap. In fact, if you give me your email address and sign up for #TeamBabyFat, And to celebrate the #BabyFat launch, I'm giving away one signed copy of my book to newsletter members signed up by midnight EST, on September 28 (that's my launch day, y'all!) Of course, I'll be announcing the winner ....wait for it... in a newsletter update. 

Genius, right?

I know. That's why I make up up imaginary worlds for the people in my head who make the big bucks, you guys. WINNING. 

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Rick Najera & a New Shade of Green

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So, this one time I went to New Mexico for my first writing conference ever and I met a lot of people and one of them was Rick Najera. He doesn't remember it, he tells me, but that's okay with me. I'm lucky if I remember what I said five minutes ago, so I won't guilt-trip Rick into paying f0r my therapy sessions to make up for him forgetting me like that. 

Then, this other time, the internet proved the nay-sayers wrong. Turns out the world-wide web is just as round as the world itself. Rick Najera showed up in my tweet stream when somebody else retweeted something he happened to tweet when I happened to be around to see it, and then I found myself on a train to to NYC to speak at his #AlmostWhite book launch event and I called him Motivational and Not an Asshole. He's still talking to me, so there's something to be said for my broken filter.

What follows is an Op-Ed by Rick himself. He's going to be performing at The Americas Latino Eco Festival in Colorado this week. Because an arrogant reporter wanted to know Why, Rick decided this totally arrogant blog would be included on his list of the right places to respond.  (No, no, it's okay. It's not like I thought it was the ONLY place... Nope... I just need a minute....) 

And make sure to check back here for link details about tomorrow's #ChingonaFest Project Hangout at 2 p.m. EST. I've got exciting new segments planned, Rick's stopping by to talk about the Latino Eco Festival, and we've got four SIGNED copies of Almost White to give away live during the hangout. 

You're Welcome. 

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Recently, a reporter asked me why I was going to be performing at the Second Annual Americas Latino Eco Festival in Colorado. Billed as the “the new shade of green,” this festival asks for all Latinos to fight for our planet and become leaders in the ecological movement within the Americas. During the interview, the reporter asked me, “Rick, I did my research on you and noticed you were involved in Latino issues, and diversity issues and Hollywood issues but not ecology, or the environment or any other green issues. Why are you getting involved? Why is ecology and our planet so important to you?” He said the last part as a dramatic ‘I got you’ inflection. As if I have decided all at once to care about our environment like I was some kind of green movement carpetbagger just looking for some Hollywood Swag. I thought about his question long and hard.  And this is my answer,

First off, like most Latinos I believe more in environmental issues than most cultures. In fact 93 percent of Latinos believed in global warming While only 60 percent of Anglos believe in Global warming.

Latinos also have deep conviction that acting as environmental stewards is part of their moral duty. More than 92 percent of Latinos polled in a Sierra Club study said they “have a moral responsibility to take care of God’s creations.” 94 percent of Latinos say that outdoor activities like fishing, picnics, camping and visiting national parks are important to them and their families.  Lastly Latinos are more affected by the environment

Asthma, for instance, is twice as likely in Latino children as it is in white children, according to an EPA study. Latinos live  in the environments effected by our pollution and lack of air quality.

“But Rick, what does this personally mean to you?” The reporter asked. Personally? I answer, personally I’ve seen our environment change first-hand during my own lifetime while growing up in San Diego. I remember the farms in Mission Valley, in San Diego, a chicken ranch down the street and even more farms littered up and down the coastline. I grew up with nature. I spent my weekends at the beach, feasting on freshly caught abalone. I trudged into the surf and sand with bonfires crackling in the background during summer night and gathered grunion. (A smelt like fish that came up on the beach to spawn.) I drove up and down along the coast in California with orange blossoms perfuming the air. For me, it seemed as if our world was a better, safer place back then. Now, the abalones have become rare and endangered. It’s rarer to find grunion as a kid, there were several creeks filled with crayfish, bullfrogs & all other kinds of aquatic life in my backyard. Those are all gone now.  As we enter in the second year of one of the worst droughts in California history, our state is becoming drier and drier. The Climate is changing. I’m seeing it first hand. Yes, It’s personal

I have personally added  new names and words to my vocabulary, words like: Fukishima, Katrina, Deepwater Horizon & Valdeez. Words I learned in my life time.  GMO’s, global warming, and cancer clusters.  New words new problems.  Now we have  Pesticides  that are sprayed on Genetic Modified produce, not just on farm workers, at an alarming rate, fisheries are being decimated, and more and more farms – the same places I remembered from my childhood – are being paved over in favor for the urban sprawl and profit. I remember drinking out of  cold mountain streams in the Sierra Mountains. I can’t do that anymore. It’s not safe.  And I don’t breath in air perfumed by orange blossoms anymore. I remember my childhood, and the nature I loved. That nature is in my culture and in my history. It’s in my blood and in my soul. Latinos have fought for the environment, and more importantly, we have worked in that environment. That nature is entrenched in each and every one of us. It’s part of our shared indigenous culture.

Why shouldn’t this Latino care? Why should we not lead this fight to save our planet?   In our  Latino culture, we have a belief that this world belongs to not one person or corporations  but all of us  and we are only stewards of this planet.

But most of all, It ‘s personal when look at my three children, and think what kind of world am I’m going to leave them? And that makes it very personal and this is why I’ll be in Colorado at the Americas Eco Latino Festival.  Because I’m hoping more people will begin to feel the same way.

 

Rick Najera will perform his one-man show one-man show based on his book Almost White at The Dairy Center For The Arts on September 13. On September 12, Rick will perform his Broadway show “Latinolouges”, including additional monologues with a green twist and featuring an all-Broadway cast. For tickets, visit here.

 

I See You with the new Veo App

Disclosure: The following is the result of a compensated campaign in collaboration with Veo and Latina Bloggers Connect.  As always, know that my opinions are now and always will be my own. Just ask The Husband. Or my mother. Or *his* mother. You've been here before, right?

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The Husband wins this year. At least for Mother's Day. Usually it's me asking him if we've taken care of his mother's birthday or his father's Christmas gift, already knowing the answer, before asking him what he thinks of whatever it i I've already ordered and shipped because it's just easier that way. But this time, it was him texting me from work to ask if I had taken care of Mother's Day yet.

*blinks*

Nope.

But he already knew that because before I could write back, he texted a suggestion to choose a pretty floral arrangement for each and have them delivered in time to stay in our moms' good graces. Since the idea didn't involve me having to scour the internet for something awesome, or a trip to the stores to buy something I would then have to ship, I told him he was awesome and decided to give the Veo Mobile App a shot at earning a permanent spot in my iPhone app library.

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My phone is always with me and I had just seen a push update flash across the screen with  a few Mother' Day offers, so I figured it was a good time to give it a go. That little 49 you see in the corner is the number of messages I need to scroll through!

Veo, powered by the Latinum, is actually pretty genius. Users can sign up for free trials, window shop and take advantage of current deals, or browse by brand partners. Notable bonuses include the little things that matter: the app is bilingual and refers to the good deals you can score as "cositas buenas" because, obviously. And because I'm never short on opinions, I like that Veo thought it important to include an option for me to tell the brand what I think for each deal or trial offered.

When I click on my Veo homepage I am provided with the trials, deals, brands, message center, share app, settings, and about. I immediately shared the app with several close friends so they could have the same beautiful, stress free experience I am having finding deals. The trials component provides you with FREE offers, yes FREE, and allows you to see how many units are remaining and days left to get the deal. I am also provided with information on the brands and an option to contact the brand and even a chance to give my opinion about the brand. There is nothing better than this because it really enables the company to receive the feedback they should have to make their product even better with the consumer in mind. - See more at: http://www.mommyteaches.com/2014/04/veomobile-app-awesome-mom-go/#sthash.bCr34lPW.dpuf
When I click on my Veo homepage I am provided with the trials, deals, brands, message center, share app, settings, and about. I immediately shared the app with several close friends so they could have the same beautiful, stress free experience I am having finding deals. The trials component provides you with FREE offers, yes FREE, and allows you to see how many units are remaining and days left to get the deal. I am also provided with information on the brands and an option to contact the brand and even a chance to give my opinion about the brand. There is nothing better than this because it really enables the company to receive the feedback they should have to make their product even better with the consumer in mind. - See more at: http://www.mommyteaches.com/2014/04/veomobile-app-awesome-mom-go/#sthash.bCr34lPW.dpuf
When I click on my Veo homepage I am provided with the trials, deals, brands, message center, share app, settings, and about. I immediately shared the app with several close friends so they could have the same beautiful, stress free experience I am having finding deals. The trials component provides you with FREE offers, yes FREE, and allows you to see how many units are remaining and days left to get the deal. I am also provided with information on the brands and an option to contact the brand and even a chance to give my opinion about the brand. There is nothing better than this because it really enables the company to receive the feedback they should have to make their product even better with the consumer in mind. - See more at: http://www.mommyteaches.com/2014/04/veomobile-app-awesome-mom-go/#sthash.bCr34lPW.dpuf

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This is why my mother and mother-in-law won't be sending us hate mail come Monday, y'all. Veo App to the freaking rescue! Note that the deal ends the day after Mother's Day. I'm gonna chalk that up to the fact that Veo App knows I run on Mexican Time. That's synonymous with Latino Time, which means I might get there late, but I'm gonna make an entrance when I show up.

Flowers always make an entrance.

photo 4I ended up making two separate purchases through the Veo App -- one for each of our mothers -- with Eliana by my side. She watched my iPhone screen as I scrolled and she's the one who selected the floral arrangement to be received for each of her grandmothers. This heart-shaped succulent planter is the one she picked for my mom.  I can't wait to hear what she thinks.

I'm also interested in what you think and am happy to tell you about your chance at a $25 gift card.

Contest Details:

Download the Veo Mobile App for free through iTunes or the Google Play Store.

 To be considered for the contest, you must give Veo a go on your smartphone and come back to this post leaving me a comment about your experience. One entry per person and entries will close on May 16 at 12 a.m. EST. I will randomly select one winner and announce in my newsletter, The Tortilla Press, which you can sign up for here.

So..te veo. Que me dices?

I love a good play on words. Don't you?