A Time to Say Goodbye

Written by Allyson Escobar for her Lolo (Grandpa) Pete Lagrosa. Throughout his life, Pedro “Pete” Lagrosa, 81, has always cared for others. He admires the Italian saints Padre Pio, St. Peregrine, and St. Francis of Assisi for their qualities of courage, devotion, and sympathy for people everywhere. Wanting to pray and follow in their holy footsteps, Pete was determined to visit the final resting places of these beloved saints in June …

Set a fire.

Set a fire down in my soul / That I can’t contain & I can’t control / I want more of You, God So I know it’s been a while, & I apologize for that. Thoroughly. (So much for achieving my writing goals and keeping my promises.) I have been so inspired, shaken, broken in, and overwhelmed all at once over the past few weeks… it’s a little murky and hard to …

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Twentyfourteen, I don’t even know how it’s possible, but you’ve been so so wonderful already. I know i’m 16 days late in writing this; i’ve never quite known how to find the words. But, 2014, here I am. I don’t know if it’s the way tears were stinging my eyes when that clock struck midnight, the way I rang in the new year with some of my oldest friends & family, …

Her.

As an only child, it’s weird to be called an “Ate,” meaning older sister in the Filipino language. It’s even weirder, though, to be called someone’s “Tita.” (aunt)  Tonight I saw my niece and a bunch of family members from the East Coast for the first time in over 4 years. We had dinner and played some games later at my house. My niece; a bright, beautiful 9-year-old with wide, …