Reflections on the 12th day of October

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Columbus Day

The first recorded celebration of Columbus Day in the United States was October 12, 1792. A New York City political organization known as Tammany Hall commemorated the 300th anniversary of Cristóbal Colón’s arrival to the Américas in 1492, albeit by error.

In 1892, during the 400th anniversary, President Benjamin Harrison proclaimed the first official Columbus Day holiday in the United States. This was an effort to de-escalate a rising tension within the New Orleans community after a mob of vigilantes, fired up by anti-immigrant sentiment, lynched eleven Italian immigrants in 1891. …

Abstinence & the Multicultural Experience

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Photo by Alex Motoc on Unsplash

In reminiscing about the impetus to my entrepreneurial ventures, I had an amusing memory of my time teaching at UT Austin. Imagine this…

… a young mother huffing and puffing through the hills of campus, lugging a briefcase and diaper bag, pushing a double stroller carrying twin babes, with her toddler son in hand, maneuvering through the crowd of students, attempting to get to her classroom building in time to tag her husband, hand off the kids, and make it seem as if she had it all put together, ready to present an inspiring lesson on language and culture, thinking that the only inspiration she mustered was…

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Photo by Carlos Navas on Unsplash

being a great model for birth control or abstinence for her college students.

I doubt my sons remember ever being on campus at that early age and being such an influence. The brothers, as I call them, are now college students and I am still using that same brief going to my business building to continue the work of inspiring others on the multicultural experience.

How math becomes a girl’s head trauma in grade school

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Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

It’s been a while since my last childhood story. Truth be told, I have not been inspired by any childhood memory lately, until my sister’s phone call dragged me out of bed at two o’clock one afternoon. This was after a 12+ hour, hard-fought battle, migraine. It was kicking my a**.

You see, as some of you know, I battle migraines regularly. …


Teresa CarbajalRavet

Chief Culturist at Sententia Vera, LLC | Cultural Bilingual Communication | Mothering 5 Bicultural Souls

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