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Meet my son Sam.579781_10150843431604823_752499822_9903108_1388614689_nToday was a very tough day for this mom that only wants good things for her son.  I have worked hard to get where I am which may not be much but it’s been a long journey to becoming an educated Latina originally from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.  I come from a very modest upbringing.  Raised in a Mexican household with 6 siblings and not much in the way of monetary things.  We had one television that we all fought over.  Excellent Mexican cooking by my mother Josefa and a very hard working and talented dad Elias.  I have worked the onion fields of California (green onions) Grapes of Cucamonga, California, white onions of Ontario, California.  This made me or molded me into who I am today.  My parents never wanted me to work in the fields, but I was never one to sit around and do nothing.  I enjoyed my time away from home, but being in the scorching hot sun and getting up at 4am on the weekends was not for kids to experience.  California growers are ruthless, they don’t care if you’re an adult or a child as long as their crops get picked they pay!

I have had many other tough jobs, but never a wimp about doing the tough work.  One of the greatest things I took away from my working in California fields is that I never wanted to work outdoors and I always knew I wanted to work in an air conditioned environment.  I feel for my people that continue to do that back breaking work, but it also makes me want to work hard for them, for their children and for my son.

My son has had a few jobs here and there, but today when I saw him working at our local car wash something made my heart jump to my throat.  When I left the car wash I could hardly breathe, I cried the whole way home.  This is not how I envisioned my son.  This is tough work, he is a driver there, but it was still tough seeing him in this establishment that hires a lot of Mexican men and women to do the cleaning work.  I spoke with an older Mexican man that brought my car out, he spoke to me in Spanish, he was very nice.  He could easily be my uncle or dad for that matter.  I told him my son Sam works there, he seemed perplexed.  He said there is only one Sam and I think he’s a gavacho – white!  I said if he’s 6-3 that’s my son, he’s Mexican/German.  The man said that Sam had told him in Spanish that his mom is Mexican and from Tijuana lol.  I guess it’s the right Sam :).  This man said that he’s had many conversations in Spanish with my son who I sent to a  Spanish immersion school and can read, write, and speak Spanish.  He said that he has told Sam to go to college and study so that he will not have to struggle in life as our people have.  Sam has replied that he is going to college when he finishes high school.

This man made my day, I love that Sam is interacting with Paizas.  People of our culture, that he is having those experiences.  That he sees how tough life can be for those who do not have the language or the education.  I hope this helps mold him and appreciate our people just in case he hasn’t up to this point.  Sam has grown up around a lot of kids that come from affluent backgrounds.  Sam’s mom has not been so fortunate 😦

Today was tough, but after speaking with a close friend and hearing her stories handed down from her father about our kids needing to have those experiences, needing to be carpet cleaners and car washers along side our people who’ve struggled so that someday they will appreciate their people, where we come from and the work they may someday do is priceless.

I know that Sam I Am will do great things, I hope he can someday be a great leader.

I’m so glad I have this blog, a place to put my story and reflect on how fortunate I have been and how lucky we are to live in America as my dad put it “The land of opportunity”.

Marina Castillo ❤


christmasFeliz Navidad – Merry Christmas

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Ely WolfFAB FRIDAY!!!Artic Wolf, LoboWolf PlayHave a lovely Monday Amigos - Feliz Lunes a todos!Ely Wolf - Chicago bound today.
Enjoying Earth's Biggest Snowcone ~ Christiaan_25~Arctic Wolf ~I know what you're thinking!Happy Monday!  Feliz Lunes!If eyes could speak!Lobos de Minnesota

Wolves – Lobos, a set on Flickr.

Wolves of Minnesota. They’re such interesting mysterious creatures. I’ll never get enough of them!!!

Thanksgiving 11-22-12

Thanksgiving started out warm and sunny and ended with a snowy winter bang. It’s tough not being with my siblings, my California familia, but it is what it is. Life goes on. I’m just happy to hear that my Castillo family is together enjoying a lovely Thanksgiving together.









Driving to Northern Minnesota – Embarrass, Minnesota to be exact. Just got on road and there he was guiding the way. What a nice way to start this holiday.

We are often so rushed to get the turkey in the oven, make sure everything is perfect for the festivities that we actually forget to start with a thank you! Thank you sun for giving us life! Thank you water for giving us life. Thank you creator for allowing us another day on this earth.


Everyone has a purpose!


Not one person on this earth is a mistake! It’s society and the media that makes us think we are not worthy of being just as we are. We seek outside of ourselves when in reality, it’s all within us. We want someone, something to make us happy. I can’t imagine that another human being wants to be with someone that is needy, someone that needs someone else to “complete them”.

We all have within us to be great, and do great things, be all we can be, as cliche as that sounds. We are squashed by self esteem, family, and other outside influences that keep us from achieving who we really are.

Women are so powerful, we are givers of life, yet we give up our power to gain something we think is better. What could be better than being an incredible human being, and still have time and life for love, and all that follows.

Everyone has a gift, find yours!

Empower yourselves by knowing who you are what you love to do and build on that. Build on one tiny thing that makes you who you are outside of your house, kids, spouse, significant other, and there you will find THE TRUE YOU!!!

Art Class – It doesn’t get any better than this

How awesome is this, to be able to do the two things I love, art and teaching, and I love kids :). Ok three things I love. What a great day!


A favorite photo on Island River

A great day of reflection and friends.  Some great advice and support for my creative spirit.  Looking forward to finishing a few books and starting a new one that is dying to be written!!!

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Just a glimpse of what I see!!!

I want you to see what I see when I look at these beauties. Only god can produce something this magnificent! One day I will meet that person that believes in my work, that person that is willing to invest in what I see in all of my surroundings. Until then, I will do my best to capture for you as best I can a glimpse of what I see in god’s creations.