Matilde Arias and her mother always been close. When she was 12, her mom was diagnosed with cancer. Chemotherapy saved her life, but after entering remission, she had a stroke. As her mother worked to regain her mobility, Matilde took on the role as the second adult in her home. Between translating at doctors appointments, appealing insurance denials, and working to supplement her father’s income, Matilde had to miss a lot of school to prioritize supporting her family. However, as soon her mother’s health improved, she went full force to finishing high school with an honors diploma and got admitted into George Fox University where she will study Political Science.
We were close before but now she is my best friend. I love her with all my heart.
The Things That Do Not Burn
Last December The Hearth and De La Raíz worked together to offer an evening of stories and songs in the wake of the Almeda fires. Focused on tales of resiliency, The Things That Do Not Burn/Las Cosas Que No Se Queman presented six stories by local Spanish and English speaking residents.
Raul Tovar – Co-founder of Noche de Cuentos Project
Raul Tovar During my six month trip in Mexico, a special moment took place in a magical mountain village along the Sierra Madre mountain range in Oaxaca. My younger brother was visiting me during my stay in Mexico and after some eventful days in Puerto Vallarta,...
Bianca Ballará, First-Gen Cuban American, Latinx Activist, Artist
Bianca BallardMusic, dancing, food, and family were wealth for my grandparents, teachings I was exposed to at a very young age. All of my grandparents were campesinos (farmers). When I remember them, I think about the Cuban sugar cane fields all sharp green-rising...