Janie Flores

STAFF at Northeast Women’s Healthcare Clinic in Houston Called Police to Arrest Undocumented Latina in Front of Her Two Young Daughters

In About on September 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm
Map of Northeast Women's Healthcare Clinic in Houston, TX

Map of Northeast Women’s Healthcare Clinic in Houston, TX

I came across a story on my twitter feed this morning posted by @KidsImmigration that just breaks my grandmotherly heart on so many levels.  An undocumented mother in Houston was arrested in front of her two daughters at her doctor’s office, Northeast Women’s Healthcare Clinic, after the staff called police because they “suspected” she was using false documents.  An avalanche of questions exploded in my mind!

Who does such a cruel thing?  What motivates someone to tear someone’s life apart in front of her children?  And who is the “staff” at the Northeast Women’s Healthcare clinic in Houston, TX who would do that to a patient in their clinic?  There is usually a self-righteous instigator, agitator, initiator who bullies the rest to go along with this type of behavior.  Who was it?  Was it Dr. David J. Bonilla, was it Dr. Vonne Jones, was it Dr. Miles E. Mahan, was it RN Penny Norman, was it RN Susana Kataka-Gitu?  Why didn’t someone stand up and say this is not part of our job?  Is this the type of action that Memorial Hermann Medical Group encourages and condones from their employees? Does President & CEO Dan Woltermann applaud the actions of the staff?  What happened to the Hippocratic Oath the doctors swore to uphold? Is the state of women’s health care and medical care in general such that providers have now become an active part of law enforcement and Homeland Security?  Are these doctors to be trusted?

This is a sad day for us.   Whichever side of the immigration debate you stand on, this was not handled correctly.  This was hateful and vindictive.  And where are the evangelical Christian voices in Houston who should be opposed to this type of heartless, cruel action?  I call on the Christian community to express disapproval and indignation that a person made in God’s own image could be treated so inhumanely:  Lakewood Church, Second Baptist Church, Fellowship Church, The Woodlands Church, New Light Church, The Fountain of Praise, Windsor Village United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Church Without Walls, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Community of Faith, Champion Forest Baptist Church…

Familia, we should not remain quiet in the face of the injustices that continue to pile up against our community nationwide.  We must voice our concern on social media, call your government officials to account, call the media to account, and stop patronizing and supporting organizations that mistreat our people.  Hold these individuals, companies, organizations accountable for their actions.  We are on the moral right of this issue!

‘He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.  So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” Deuteronomy 10:18-19

‘Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ Deuteronomy 27:19

“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”  Leviticus 19:33-34

“The LORD protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.”  Psalms 146:9

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From the Northeast Women’s Healthcare website at http://mhmg.memorialhermann.org/locations/mhmg-northeast-women-s-healthcare/:

Northeast Women's Healthcare Providers

Northeast Women’s Healthcare Providers

Northeast Women's Healthcare Providers

Northeast Women’s Healthcare Providers

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Abuela de Miami: Wining & Dining at Bonefish Grill – Aventura #incredibleis

In About on March 29, 2015 at 1:45 pm
With the great crew and one of the owners at the Pre-opening event at Bonefish Grill - Aventura

With the great crew and one of the owners at the
Pre-opening event at Bonefish Grill – Aventura

Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini at the Bonefish Grill - Aventure

Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini at the Bonefish Grill – Aventure

Tuna Street Tacos at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Tuna Street Tacos at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Cilantro Lime Salad at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Cilantro Lime Salad at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Surf & turf mixed grill at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Surf & turf mixed grill at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Strawberry shortcake at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Strawberry shortcake at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Do it yourself donuts with caramel and chocolate at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Do it yourself donuts with caramel and chocolate at Bonefish Grill Aventura

Espresso Martini at Bonefish Grill Avetura

Espresso Martini at Bonefish Grill Avetura

Abuela de Miami received a wonderful invitation to attend a private, VIP, one of a kind, special preview, pre-opening, five course meal at the new Bonefish Grill in Aventura.  On the eve of its grand opening, Abuela de Miami, along with a number of other local influencers, was warmly received by the bright, young staff whose eagerness and enthusiasm was refreshing and contagious.  Abuela de Miami loves and rewards excellent customer service so I had to immediately take a “selfie” with this memorable crew and one of the owners.

We were received with signature cocktails like the Wild Orchid Hawaiian Martini which was exquisitely prepared and then were led into one of the two beautiful private dining areas to start our gastronomic experience. Each course from the appetizers to the desserts was accompanied by a special wine or a signature cocktail.  Scrumptious tuna street tacos were accompanied by a Chandon rosé; a cilantro lime salad was paired with a Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand; a surf & turf mixed grill was enhanced by the exceptional Conundrum Red Blend from California.  Talk about smooth, melt in your mouth flavor.  We didn’t just have one dessert, we had two!  The strawberry shortcake with fresh berries and real whipped cream was then followed by the new do it yourself donuts from the bar menu with the option to fill the donuts with caramel or chocolate.  The evening was topped off by a one of a kind espresso martini with house made vanilla vodka, which was amazing and definitely gave you a jolt of energy!

This truly was a memorable night and the new friends I made were a special bonus! Miami Al Maximo is definitely placing this location on its summer production list.  Bonefish Grill – Aventura is a must visit when you want to have a delicious contemporary American meal in a sophisticated yet casual environment with great service.  They are located at 18713 Biscayne Boulevard and although reservations are not required I would definitely take advantage of their online reservation system so that you have a table ready and waiting.  Long lines are sure to form at this location as soon as the word is out that they are open for business.  For more information and reservations go to https://www.bonefishgrill.com/Aventura and make sure to follow them on twitter @bonefishgrill.

P.S.  Each of us was given a bottle of Conundrum Red Blend from California to enjoy at home! Yay!!

Provecho! from your favorite.

Abuela de Miami

@abuelademiami

PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day @ Cadillac Championship #EWD

In About on March 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm
Cadillac Championship Crystal Ballroom at Trump National Doral

Cadillac Championship Crystal Ballroom at Trump National Doral

PGA Tour Executive Women's Day - Cadillac Championship @ Trump National Doral

PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day – Cadillac Championship @ Trump National Doral

Bloggin Mamas at PGA Tour Executive Women's Day:  Sonia Guerra, Heather Lopez, Mar Rodriguez, Janie Flores #EWD #Influencers #socialmedia

Bloggin Mamas at PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day: Sonia Guerra, Heather Lopez, Mar Rodriguez, Janie Flores
#EWD #Influencers #socialmedia

PGA Tour Executive Women's Day @ Cadillac Championship Strategize to Win by Carla Harris, Keynote speaker

PGA Tour Executive Women’s Day @ Cadillac Championship
Strategize to Win by Carla Harris, Keynote speaker

Abuela de Miami "paseando" at the PGA Tour Cadillac Championship @ Trump National Doral

Abuela de Miami “paseando” at the PGA Tour Cadillac Championship @ Trump National Doral

Abuela de Miami had the awesome experience of attending the PGA Executive Women’s Day at the Cadillac Championship, Trump National Doral on March 2, 2015.

Now in its fourth year, the event was sponsored by Astellas and the setting was the elegant Crystal Ballroom at the Trump National Doral.  I was invited as part of the influencer group of South Florida Bloggin’ Mamas and from start to finish we received VIP treatment.  The PGA Executive Women’s Day succeeded in creating an unforgettable experience for the participants, and from valet parking, special gifts, delicious lunch, networking time, special tour and event photos, the attention to detail was evident.

My favorite part was listening and interacting with the panel of speakers at the event.  These are women who have succeeded in their fields and are now giving back and empowering other women for success.  Moderated by Local 10 anchor, Kristi Krueger, the real life experience, practical advice and accessibility shared and demonstrated by each of these exceptional women was invaluable and paid dividends on the investment of a few hours of my day.  The Power Panel discussion was led by Michelle Beauchamp, USA Brand Director for Grey Goose & Bacardi, Sonya Canas, Senior Vice President/Commercial Banking Manager of Mercantil CommerceBank, and Dondra Ritzenthaler, Senior Vice President of Sales & Trade at Celebrity Cruises.  Keynote speaker Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director & Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley rounded out the event with wisdom from years of experience:  “if you consider yourself a leader in the 21st century you must be comfortable taking risks!”

I returned over the weekend to watch the tournament and I have to give an honorable mention to Imagination Playground Kid’s Zone located at the 18th Hole Fan Zone.  What a great idea and a wonderful experience for the children who attended the event!  The playground was composed of large shaped blocks which included cubes, cylinders, cogs and allowed the kid to create whatever they wanted and as far as their imagination would take them.  Imagination Playground manufactures these innovative playgrounds which encourage creativity, camaraderie and collaboration among the children.  You can get more information at http://www.imaginationplayground.com.

Make sure to be on the lookout for the PGA Tour’s Women’s Executive Day in your part of the country, and definitely plan on attending next year’s event in the south Florida area.  For more information you can visit their website at: www.pgatour.com/woman.html.  You can also follow them on their social media platforms at:

Facebook:  PGATOURWoman

Twitter:  @pgatourwoman @AstellasUS

‘Til our next adventure, hugs & kisses from your favorite,

Abuela de Miami

@abuelademiami