Saying good bye to Jose

fernandez_1280_2vdff691_o721wrqpI am sitting here watching ESPN’s live coverage of the Jose Fernandez funeral procession in Miami.   Jose, the charismatic Cuban Marlins pitcher died this weekend in a tragic boating accident late in the evening after the Saturday night game.  There are literally thousands of people waiting to see the procession the likes of a dignitary rather than a young 24-year-old baseball player.  You can tell this man was so loved by his Miami Florida community.  He was like the boy next door, or your smiling, friendly cousin. The team is heartbroken as Jose was very loved and admired by his enthusiasm, compassion, and love of the game,  and by his teammates and fans.  What a great example for millions of Latinos, many are immigrants, many are looking for a role model and although Jose wasn’t perfect, none of us are, he was genuine.

He tried four times to get to the US from Cuba and once saved his mother from nearly drowning in their escape.  He knew what America was, and is. This country is comprised of millions of proud Americans, proud immigrants and international visitors come here to visit our great country everyday.   Immigrants have made this country great. They have shed much of there birth county customs and tradions for American ideals.  This young man’s tragic death has united Latino’s and all races in sorrow, and honor.  It was a great thing to see in a world so ready to toss immigrants to the side or say they don’t matter or worse treat them as rapists and murderers as a current presidential candidate would have us believe.  Most Americans know what our America is and this young man is the American experience and a true story of perseverance, courage, and humility.  Rest in peace Jose Fernandez, you are someone to be admired and honored not in how you died but in how you lived.


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Never forget the beauty, time and age has hidden

I have been trying to sell some of my sister’s dolls. I looked this doll up online to try to find her value and similar dolls are being sold as “ugly” and “scary.” Scary dolls are in fashion now. I refuse to sell her like that. I know my sister would not want that. She kept this doll proudly displayed in her room.

I know this doll was prized among all the others my sister had and she had many!  She was the rescuer of forgotten or unloved dolls.  She always saw the beauty in them.  I tried to imagine what this doll once looked like.  It was hard to see past her current state so I did some retouch in Photo Shop to see her as she once was.


Her name is Mariana
She is an old doll now and some want to call her scary.They want to buy her as a “scary doll” for Halloween.

I refuse to call her scary because I can see
her once beautiful face in my imagination.

You who can only see her now much older face, her lines, discolorations, markings from time,
are missing what makes her Mariana,
and what made her loved.

You all know someone like her.
Never forget the beauty that time has hidden.