Category Archives: Self Portraits

Set it Off

Happy birthday to Walt Disney! My grandpa told me to think of Walt as my “honorary Godfather” and he’s definitely one of the most amazing heroes in history. My grandfather told me that Walt had hoped that one day I … Continue reading

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Doctor of Magic

When I was in high school, my grandfather kept insisting that my path in life was to be an artist, and I kept telling him he was wrong. I insisted that I wanted to be a doctor just like him … Continue reading

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Little Drummer Boy

Starting when I was four years old, my Mexican grandfather explained to me repeatedly that we are Mexican nobility and Curanderismo shamans, which is basically a type of magical healer. He explained to me that throughout history, power-hungry people without … Continue reading

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Goddess of Adventure

I am getting fed up with worrying that other people are being harmed because a bunch of power-crazed lunatic men have been trying for generations to figure out how my ancestors were so incredibly magical. My grandfather warned me that … Continue reading

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King Kong and Mickey Mouse

My grandfather told me that an important part of my path in life would be getting comfortable with all of the parts of my own story, even the parts that sound completely crazy or too magical to be real. He … Continue reading

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The Rage of King Kong

When I was growing up, my grandfather told me the story of how his father came to the Los Angeles harbor while he was creating the artwork for the original King Kong movie, much of which was filmed in San … Continue reading

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La Llorona

There is a story that my Mexican grandfather told me since I was young. He explained to me that for some of us women, we are just born with a reproductive system that makes it very difficult to bear children. … Continue reading

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

When I was a young girl, I remember telling my grandpa that I felt completely misunderstood in this world. I felt a strong desire to help others but often felt like my offers to help others often comes off misunderstood … Continue reading

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We Are Stronger Together

My grandfather used to tell me a story about our ancestors from the Basque region of Spain. Basque is an isolated portion of Spain, and because of that isolation, they weren’t all aware initially of what other Spaniards were doing … Continue reading

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Look Into My Eyes

There is a story my grandpa asked me to tell one day. He had a fear that since history has a way of repeating itself, there would come a time in our American history where the majority of us would … Continue reading

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