African Violets

African Violets: Propagation and care

by Sheila Velazquez The houseplant that blooms year-round to add beautiful color inside when the landscape is gray outside is the African Violet. Growing and propagating them is new to me, and I seem to have a knack for it, or maybe just good lighting. Last May a neighbor received a basket full of small…



flash fiction by Jason Velázquez

“We’ve been ‘administratively’ repairing these DNA sequences for almost two decades,” Nichols said. The muscular smile that hung on his broad jaw remained, but his pale eyes were dry of the necessary moral fortitude.

wheat field

Water, Water Everywhere, or Not

by Sheila Velazquez In California, where most of the food eaten in this country is grown, the painful drought is being addressed in a number of ways. One is that waste treatment water is being turned into drinking water. As noted in the “Mother Jones” article “It Takes How Much Water to Grow an Almond?!,” according to 2010 figures,…