Dichos de mi Padre, Sayings of my Father contains 20 of the author’s favorite dichos. The dichos were collected over several years during family conversations. They were passed down from grandmother to son to daughter. Each dicho is translated and has a story to relate its meaning. The personal stories reflect family values, spirituality, and culture. An additional 10 popular dichos and poems are incorporated. Values include hard work, being honest, setting and reaching goals, achieving a college degree and following through on commitments. These values strengthen families and communities and are important to pass on to each generation. The second part of the book shares the Escobedo family history spanning several generations and includes the immigrant story of the author’s paternal great-grandparents and grandparents. The author describes life in a rural southeastern Arizona community (Solomon/Safford) at a time when nuclear families were close and struggled to survive. As we face challenges in civil discourse and polarization, it is important to engage in discussions about values, ethics and moral standing. This book can serve as a vehicle for family, classroom, and community discussions. Dichos de mi Padre can be a source for teaching culturally relevant topics to future generations.
About the Author:
Geneva Maria Escobedo
Geneva Maria Escobedo was born in Safford, Arizona. She completed her Associate’s degree in General Business at Eastern Arizona College, her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University and her Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix. She resides in Tucson, Arizona and retired from Pima Community College after 17 years. Her 30-year career in higher education at two community colleges and Arizona State University included marketing and public relations, student development, multicultural programs, minority recruitment and retention, grant writing/grant management, and implementing programs for underprepared college students. She completed several creative writing courses, facilitated workshops at writing conferences and is active in a women’s writing group. Previously published poetry and stories include: • 2018 (6th edition) Biscochitos For Mi’Jitos & Other Tummy Tales and 2015 (5th edition) Frijoles, Elotes, y Chipotles, Oh My! & Other Tummy Tales, a publication developed by Journey Through Our Heritage, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Office of Institutional Diversity. • Pima Community College’s art and literature magazines, SandScript (2014) and Cababi Art & Literary Magazine (Fall/Winter 2015). • 2012 women’s anthology, Our Spirit, Our Reality: celebrating our stories. Geneva raised three step-daughters and is blessed with 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.