The teacher smiled and held a hat as a line of about a dozen students looked at each other nervously. Inside the hat were small pieces of paper with each student’s name. Luck would determine who would be part of the class, and who would have to continue the search.

Whoever said “money doesn’t bring you happiness” certainly was most likely never an undocumented immigrant living in the United States or poor!

Usually people have high hopes whenever a new year dawns. New year brings hopes and dreams. Let’s talk about the real hopes and dreams of the men and women who always express a certain hope at this time - more so the women.

Je suis Charlie?

Well, not quite. I really am not Charlie Hebdo.

Nothing - no cartoon, no book, no song – justifies the kind of shooting rampage that happened in Paris. As Hassen Chalghoumi, the imam of Drancy mosque in Paris says, “These are criminals, barbarians. They have sold their souls to hell.”