Dolores Dice: It Takes Two to Tango!
By Mariela Rosario | 04/03/2008 - 16:06


Dear Dolores: I’ve been going steady with my novio for eight months. He’s 34 and I’m 25. I’m a professional track and field athlete about to get my degree in education. Out of the blue, he’s just told me he’s not sure he’s the man who could make me happy. He also said that since he has finished college and I have not, he has other plans and isn’t comfortable with our relationship. I have the impression he’s looking for excuses to dump me. I feel devastated. What do you think?

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The 4 Guys You Need In Your Life…
By Mariela Rosario | 03/28/2008 - 11:23

Let’s hear it for the boy! Nope, we’re not talking about the one you fantasize about walking down the aisle with (or the one you made sleep on the couch last night, whatever). We’re all about those other dudes who make your life easier with their brawn, their blunt advice, their soft touch, or their amazing fashion sense. Here, real Latinas salute the four boys they couldn’t live without.

The Jump Off

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Dolores Dice: Should I Stay or Should I go?
By Mariela Rosario | 03/26/2008 - 11:47


Dear Dolores:

I’ve been going out with my novio of two years. When I’m not with him I feel lost and anxious, but when I’m with him I feel uncomfortable. I wonder if I really love him. What do you think?

- Confundida in Falls River, MA

Dear Confundida:

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Dolores Dice: Family Drama!
By Mariela Rosario | 03/19/2008 - 15:47


Dear Dolores:

My mother favors my brother all the time. She never calls or looks for me. I was raised by my grandmother, but she passed away 20 yeas ago. I’m married and have five children. Can you give me some advice, please?

- Dulce in Arizona

Dear Dulce:

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Wedding Planning 101 Part 2
By Mariela Rosario | 03/13/2008 - 12:40

Wedding planner extraordinaire Olga Fagundo explains everything you need to know about planning a destination wedding. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ms. Fagundo has been planning weddings since 2004. Her company Caribbean Planning focuses on destination weddings, many of them in her native Puerto Rico and she has over two dozen weddings under her belt to date. Here she answers some of the most common questions about planning a destination wedding.

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Adam & Sarah of Deerfield, IL
By Mariela Rosario | 03/12/2008 - 15:45

On August 3rd, 1985, my life changed forever. I was introduced to a special and beautiful person: my daughter. As the years flew by, she grew up before my eyes. Twenty-two years later, my daughter has turned into everything I could have ever hoped she would. She has worked hard her whole life, dedicating herself to achieving her dreams, while never forgetting how she was brought up. I raised her without a mother and have always been conscious of the effects that could have had on her and her relationships.

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Elvira & Sofia of Hollister, CA
By Mariela Rosario | 03/12/2008 - 15:44

At thirty-three years old, I'm proud to say that I have surrounded myself with inspirational women. Including my sister Sofia, breast cancer survivor at age twenty-eight, my sister Sylvia at-risk student as an adolescent and now a successful community college counselor and my friend Rocio, attorney for La Raza Center. Indeed, I have been inspired by all these women because of their strength, courage and dedication. Yet, there is one woman in my life who has inspired me even more deeply, my mother Sofia. My mother is a remarkable woman, after all she gave birth to twelve children.

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Dana & Joanna of Chicago, IL
By Mariela Rosario | 03/12/2008 - 15:44

Joanna is one amazing friend. She works over 50 hours a week as a part-time attorney and is a wonderful mother to 2 little boys under the age of 5 (one of which happens to be developmentally challenged). Around the age of 30, she endured the loss of both of her parents and last year she went through a very painful divorce. With all these challenges, she continues to be so positive and motivated. She is brilliant, happy, and the funniest girl I've known for almost 20 years. This woman has always had the best outlook on life. She has always inspired me to be the very best I can be.

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Summer of New Haven, CT
By Mariela Rosario | 03/12/2008 - 15:43

Shiny, bold and unapologetic it stared at me like a magical eye as I examined it in the mirror. It was the size and shape of a new quarter and seemed to glow like a full moon. I recoiled as I realized that my thick and unruly mane of curls now featured a very smooth and slick bald patch. My doctor called it alopecia areata, ordered a cortisone injection and sent me on my way. I was too embarrassed to admit that my hair loss was rooted in abusive relationships, self-loathing and negative habits that punctuated the beginning and end of every day.

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Ruben and Emelina of Fort Rucker, AL
By Mariela Rosario | 03/12/2008 - 15:42

The reason why I love her is very simple. She puts up with me. We have been together since we were 15 years old. Out of 16 years together, we have been married 13 of them. She has given me three of the most beautiful children I could ever ask for. Emmy has been with me through hard times and never questioned me why. When I was in Iraq, she ran a household filled with trials and tribulations, taking on the mom and dad role for a 7yr old, 6yr old and a 4yr old!

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