Alex Zaragoza is a freelance writer out of San Diego covering arts, culture and music. She was raised on both sides of the border and works to share stories from the other side of the fence. Alex is into feminism, tacos and pop culture, and says "rad" a lot.
Nov. 17 2015
It's strange and off-putting to talk about your dead aunt with a person wearing Minnie Mouse ears. I learned this on Halloween night
Nov. 3 2015
In mid-October a 23-year-old man was shot in the face in an apparent drive-by shooting at the southwest corner of Euclid and Imperial avenues. It was a bloody crime scene. Just two days later, however,...
Oct. 19 2015
The Staples Center was lit up by thousands of little yellow torches. About 20,000 individual screams created one cacophonous wave that filled the darkened arena like a raging monsoon. The throngs were
Sept. 23 2015
Jello has an interesting way of lodging itself all the way up and into your butt crack. Getting it all the way out is not only difficult, it also allows you to reacquaint yourself with your own body
Aug. 25 2015
Yolanda Varona is kneeling next to her bed, flipping through her weathered diary. It's filled with her hopes, pains and frustrations, poured from her heart to the page
Aug. 24 2015
You hear the debate pretty often about whether women can have it all. Countless women's magazines and blogs have argued the case for or against, and whether or not they have an actual shot at attaining...
July 20 2015
Over the years, I've tried various methods of dealing with these sort of comments. The worst was ignoring them or laughing with people because I wanted to fit in. When I thankfully outgrew that, I attacked
June 22 2015
I've been a drinker most of my life. There are childhood photos of my dad holding me as a wee little lamb, giving me a sip of his Coors. "You're not going to like it," he'd say, and he was right
May 26 2015
"I'm just trying to teach you something, goddammit!" she screamed hoarsely through a flood of exasperated tears. "Why do you make everything so difficult?" My seventh grade English teacher Ms. Adams...
April 21 2015
In my continued pursuit of better health, I search for new ways to stay fit that I can enjoy. That's why I channeled the fiery passion of the infamous Star Wars kid and met up with the San Diego...
March 23 2015
I took off my jeans and pulled on the duchess satin and lace gown. It's not nearly close to fitting anymore. Despite being dirty and starting to yellow, it's still lovely
Feb. 23 2015
Sitting on the hardwood floor of a total stranger's house and watching a performance in full swing just three feet away is not totally new to me. I've spent many nights sitting cross-legged on dingy-carpeted...
Jan. 26 2015
The pursuit of stockpiling completely useless information is an art. Don't let anyone tell you different. Like any muscle that takes years of hard training and meticulous cultivation to be in top shape,...
Dec. 29 2014
So, this is it, guys. We're done. Another year in the books, and, as usual, you've most likely been bombarded with best-of and worst-of 2014 lists from websites, publications and your Facebook friends
Dec. 1 2014
Mini City is a children's play place in Tijuana that encourages kids to play in a pretend city with a little grocery store, post office and other places for make-believe amusement. Sounds adorable, right?
Nov. 3 2014
Dear catcallers of the world! No, I didn't drop my smile. No, I won't show you my tits. And while, yes, I may look fine as hell in my dress, I don't need you to tell me from your moving vehicle
Oct. 21 2014
Celebrating a year in business in November, Border X is the brainchild of brothers Martin and Marcel Ivan Favela; their dad, Marcelino Favela; and their uncle, David Favela. Martin and Marcel...
Oct. 6 2014
So, my mom met a guy. It's been almost five years since my dad, her husband of 39 years, died of cancer. He was the only man she'd ever been with, having married him when she was just 19 years old.
Sept. 8 2014
Reiki is a form of natural stress reduction, relaxation and healing invented in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist (thanks, Internet!)
Aug. 11 2014
The tip of my pen fell upon the paper and I paused. Not because I wasn't ready to sign the name I've hated writing or admitting is legally mine for the last six years, but because it reminded me of another...


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