Friday, October 21, 2011

8th anniversary of

Photo by Leo Reynolds. Licensed via Creative Commons.

The first story of the "Hispanic Nashville Notebook" was published on October 21, 2003. It's been eight years.

I wrote a long post this morning. It started with a reflection on the early deaths of dear loved ones - Jess Fairbanks of Spain, and Fatima Muckway of Nicaragua - as well as of one lost Nashvillian who shared my name - Canuto Cordero ("cordero" means "lamb" in Spanish).

I mentioned in this post how my parents are updating their wills.

I mentioned how I want my two sweet Hispanic children - half Chilean - to understand where they come from. Not just from Nashville and Chile, but from New York, from the Winthrop fleet of centuries ago, and from Germany and Great Britain from just a few generations ago.

Part of this post was a note to my children, telling them that I love them, and asking them to love others, always. I reminded my daughter she was born at Baptist Hospital and raised in Primera Iglesia Bautista, with her first word being in Spanish - and that that's as Nashville a story as any other, including mine. I wrote about how my legal background and the love I received at la Primera are part of why I write so much about the immigration bureaucracy.

I told my children that my biggest impact on Hispanic Nashville - the community - has been to bring them into the world. And that my continued role in the community starts and ends with being the best father I can be to them.

For whatever reason, that long post I wrote this morning is lost. I hope the sentiment is not.

And at the end of that post, I had a list of the stories from the past year of the site that stand out the most to me. It did not disappear; it's below.

This list of 2010-2011 highlights from is for you, the readers who might have missed some of these stories along the way, and also for my children. Maybe they will read this site one day to know more about their city, about their father, and about what I cared enough to write about - even if, sometimes, it disappears.

On milestones:
On history:
On statistics:
On how we talk about immigrants:
On treatment of immigrants:
On the immigration bureaucracy:
On recognition for

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