• Yahaira commented on the post, Unexpected 2 years, 3 months ago

    Dear Jocelin,
    I enjoyed reading your memoir because it is something personal and I can also relate to it. I’m glad that you were able to open up and let us know about a difficult time in your life. I can relate to so many things written down in this memoir. Some lines that stood out to me were,”If something happens to him I wouldn’t forgive m…[Read more]

  • Dear Nina,
    I liked your comic because you talk about your experience going back to the country where you were born. Even though the place and the people were like new to you, you managed to make the experience the best out of it. I can also relate to not knowing much about the country were I was born. If I were to go back, I would also feel weird…[Read more]

  • Dear Liz,

    Wow! I’m amazed by your story. It’s crazy because I can totally relate to it. Similarly to your family not knowing about your sister’s pregnancy, my mom and I didn’t know anything about my cousin’s pregnancy. She grew up with me so she was like my older sister. We found out the day she was going to give birth. It was really surprising…[Read more]

  • Dear Lily,

    I enjoyed reading your comic because I can relate to being separated from a love one. Similarly to my comic, my mom left and I was left in charge of home. I’m glad that your mom was able to come back and get you. I’m also glad that you were able to meet your brother and after some time reunite with your dad. Thanks for sharing such a…[Read more]

  • Done Ms.Oliver, I hope you can read it now. 🙂

    • I want to see your piece better… Can you edit by making the photo larger?

    • Dear Yahaira,
      I enjoyed reading your comic. Thank you for sharing this part of your life. I taught your comic was organized and descriptive. I liked that you mentioned you thoughts about your mom leaving and that your mom also said how she wished she could’ve brought you with her. I look forward to seeing more of your writing and drawings.

    • Dear Yahaira,
      I like your comic because it was easy and clear to understand. You draw really good, and I can see how you were really feeling when your mom had leave. I hope I see more of your work in the future.

    • Dear yahaira,
      this is such an interesting piece you have created. It must have been hard to separate with you mom, to such a far place for a long time. I would have been so terrified. I also like how you added your mom’s thought about the situation. I hope you guys have reconnected in some way, and that you women are making memories together.

  • Dear Miguel,
    I’m glad that even though your relationship with your brother isn’t always positive, you still manage to have a good time. At the end of the day, you guys are siblings and will have each other for the rest of your life. I don’t know how a sibling relationship is because I’m an only child but I do wonder how it would be if I had a…[Read more]

  • Yahaira commented on the post, My Family 2 years, 4 months ago

    Dear Lily,

    I liked how you described your family. A phrase that stood out to me was My family is like music, Filled with high notes, Filled with low notes..” I liked it because you included both good and bad memories your family has gone through. It’s not always laughter and it’s not always sadness but with the support and love of people who are…[Read more]

  • Dear Jocelin,

    I appreciate your post because I can totally relate. I see my mom working two jobs right now to be able to pay for all our expenses. A separation is a big challenge and it does affect us as the children. It’s something that won’t heal but we just learn to live with it. I’m glad you appreciate and take in account what your mom has…[Read more]

  • Dear Esme,

    I liked your poem because at first it was all joy and excitement. I liked how you showed that not everything is always positive and results in the way we would of wanted to. I can relate to you in having a negative relationship with my dad’s family. Unlike you, loosing one tia, I lost the whole family including uncles, aunts, cousins,…[Read more]

  • It was a bright, hot morning.

    The day was extremely hot.

    My mom and I were rushing to get ready.

    Make-up, hair, and dress up.

    We had to be at church at 2pm.

    The day was finally here.

    I would be doing my

    • Dear Yahaira,
      I liked the way you wrote your poem because it was very descriptive. Almost if I was there. A sentence that stood out to me was, “Awkwardly hearing.Awkwardly speaking.Awkwardly sitting.” because it shows how you felt at that time. I think you have gone through a lot based on what you have posted in your recent post but you have managed to keep your head up high and move on although it must’ve been hard. Thanks your writing. I look forward to reading more of your writing because it’s going to be even better.

    • Dear Yaharia,
      Your poem was very descriptive and vivid. While i was reading i was able to imagine in my head the actual scene that occured. i like your poem in general….good job

  • Dear Jocelin,

    Thanks for writing a little more about you and your life. Others may see you and not think of you as this, so I appreciate you for expressing yourself and expressing your actions. As teenagers, we don’t always make the right decisions but that is okay because we learn from mistakes. I like how after all you appreciate your mom and…[Read more]

  • Dear Liz,

    I am amazed by your poem. I can truly relate to it because I don’t like the way society categorizes men and women. Anyone should be able to do whatever they want and their gender shouldn’t matter. I also like that you wrote about this because machismo is something really huge in the Latin communities. A quote I really enjoyed was,…[Read more]

  • Dear Lis,

    I really like your memoir because you describe the many things you are. You are nice, rude, selfish, and many more, but overall you are you! One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “I’m me as hell because I am Lis. Because I like being Lis.” I like how you brought it the nickname you like, the name you actually like to go by. Y…[Read more]

  • It was hard at first.


    Junior year.

    The start of the semester.


    New school year.
    New teachers.

    New start,

    A start that was supposed to be exciting.


    November came.

    The th

    • Thanks for writing about something that may not be easy, and allowing people to see this.
      You can really tell by your writing that you are independent. Such a great poem, and really does describe your characteristic as a strong person. Thanks again for writing this amazing poem. Hope to see more of your writing soon.

    • Yahaira, Thanks for your poem! This poem stood out for me because I can relate to it. Inspired me to be strong for myself. I look forward to seeing your next post 🙂

    • Your poem is raw and real and INSPIRING. You are so strong and so remarkable. I’m honored to know you.

  • Dear Lisseth,

    Thank you for writing about your nickname and letting us know more about it. I’m glad you have a positive relationship to your nickname because sometimes people are given nicknames that they don’t like. I can relate to having multiple nicknames because of my culture. I also have a positive connection with them, so that’s something…[Read more]

  • Yahaira commented on the post, Name Meaning 2 years, 5 months ago

    Hi Lis,
    Thank you for sharing your work with us. I appreciate the strength you had to write something personal that you don’t have a positive relationship to. Life doesn’t always result the way we would like to, but we just have 4o live with it. I’m glad that you found a name that you can actually connect to.

    Hope to see more of your work…[Read more]

  • Yahaira Sarahi Celis Garcia

    That is what I was registered as at birth.

    Yahaira, that is what most people call me.

    A random name that my mother chose

    But that I cherish.

    And that is what matters.



    • Hey partner,
      Thanks for sharing your story about your name. Good job, on expressing your name very well even though it is a “random chosen name”, you bring the real meaning to it. Really love this memoir. Write more, cause I enjoy reading pieces by you.

    • Good job ! 😛

    • Dear Yahaira,
      I am impressed by your name memoir because you are very detailed on why exactly you are proud of having your name. You also talk about your dads part of the family and you can be strong and happy without them but family still means a lot to you. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was when you said, “ Lastly, one of the most common Mexican last names,Garcia.I inherited Garcia from my beautiful mother and grandma.I also hope to inherit their power, hardwork, and determination.My mom has worked,really hard,since age six to be able to help her huge family.After all the obstacles she has been through,she manages to keep a smile in her face”. This stood out to me because I can relate to my mom always working hard and always keeping a smile on her face. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your writing is interesting.

    • Dear Yahaira,
      I am surprised by your post because you truly explain who you are because of your name. I like all of your post. I enjoyed reading it. Your post got me thinking about what my name means to me and why my parents decided to name me like this. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.

  • Dear Ying,
    I liked how detailed you were with each object that you decided to use in your Shadow Box. A sentence that stood out to me was, “But I have come to a conclusion that any where I live it would always be different.” I agree with this quote because nothing will feel like home, the place that we have lived at for most of our time. I haven’t…[Read more]

  • Dear Luz,
    I am amazed by the number of things I could relate to in your post by being a Latina. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is, “You must stop trying to change, this is the way life has been for many years, you’re a girl and you must act like one.” This is because I feel that all those stereotypes that have been made are k…[Read more]

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