Tag Archives: nonfiction

A Leap Of Faith Is Always One Hell Of A Ride

My nephew, Eduardo, and his wife, Yessica, were married this past weekend — so #Rubiopalooza was in full effect. Not only was it a very beautiful ceremony, reception and dancing (oh my God, the dancing!) I also spent a lot … Continue reading

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Holy Mary Mother Of God, Pray For Us.

At around the age of 14, my mom was living in Dexter, New Mexico, having just immigrated from Mexico with her parents, Papi Cruz and Mami Dominga. It was also the first time she experienced life as a migrant worker, … Continue reading

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When I Desperately Wanted Out, They Gave Me A Reason To Come Back.

Tonight, I share pictures through the eyes of my parents, who have lived and worked in Lake Arthur, New Mexico for over sixty years. The history behind this region in southeastern New Mexico and the roots my parents have planted are deep … Continue reading

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Bon Jovi’s 1987 “Livin On A Prayer,” Was A Hit. Coincidence? I Think Not!

In the article from the Albuquerque Journal Magazine, dated December 22, 1987, it reads: For Maria, the tortilla will forever be a miracle — not a coincidence. The face of Christ has become a taproot sign, Maria said, in a … Continue reading

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Forever Your Girl, Signed — The Tortilla Kid.

Over the weekend, one of my favorite people and a great LA friend, Isela, travelled to New Mexico with her 5-year old daughter, Isis, to see me and visit for a couple of days. Although we did a ton of … Continue reading

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La Nena Del Rancho Takes The Big Apple

Some of you may not know this but my mom once travelled to New York City. It’s hard to imagine myself. Not everyone I know, has had the opportunity. Below is a video I have been searching for for years! We … Continue reading

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La Señora De La Tortilla

I took some time off from writing this weekend, so I could go home to Lake Arthur and spend time with my parents, Maria and Eduardo. As usual, it was filled with a lot of great laughter, dad’s slightly, exaggerated … Continue reading

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Will The Real Andrew Gruszewski Please Stand Up?!

Tonight, I skimmed through old pictures of mom, the Jesus tortilla and I, including a number of letters that my mom has saved, written to her by people from all over, in the last 37 years. Interestingly enough, it’s not … Continue reading

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A Night Off Looks Like This.

Check back tomorrow. I will be returning with more of The Tortilla Kid. For now, I must do what I do best. Sleep. (I take after my dad)

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Please Send Me A Sign. Amen.

I love movies. Like a lot. However, I’m not one of those movie snobs who just watches for the purpose of debating about whether the director accomplished what she/he set out to do or if the movie’s theme was a … Continue reading

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