My experience as a 36-year educator has afforded me the wisdom to become a published writer of the children's book, Manuel's Murals. I have also published in journals and anthologies. My greatest passions lie in the Mexican culture where my muse abounds. I was the director of "Lincoln Hermanos Mentors," from 2005-2014. I raised thousands of dollars for Latino scholarships. Every year, I travel to Mexico to continue my Spanish and cultural studies. Within each and every day, there is a treasure to unfold. Follow your bliss, life is too short. Viva La Vida!