Don’t Be One Who You Are Not (A 7th Grade Student’s Poem on Identity)

Don’t be one who you are not, Be one who you are. Wearing a mask wears you out, Faking fatigues. The most exhausting activity is When you pretend to be What you know you aren’t. Everybody has something special inside, They just don’t always show it. Search deep inside, And in your heart You’ll know […]

The Soft Graze and the Pitch (An 8th Grade Student’s Poem on Doubt)

There is no other breath like doubt, Moving through it are different pulses of Fear Anxiety Sorrow Mulling over to myself, Am I enough? My main concern Is not being enough, Why do I need to be the best to succeed? Why do I need to become better? Better yet, how do I become better? […]

Happy New Year! From Los Angeles

It’s a gift as precious as daylight to be able to greet the readers of JIMBO TIMES at the brink of a new year again. In the days following last Summer’s Back to School event, and the subsequent campaign to save Super Pan, my hands found themselves clinched before the magnitude of a host of […]

Helena Maria Viramontes: Their Dogs Came With Them (2006)

Today I have the pleasure of acknowledging a brilliant piece of fiction written by Los Angeles, from and for Los Angeles in Helena Maria Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came With Them. ‘L.A.’ in 2018 is a city of over 10 million people by the last estimate, and in several other ways significantly bigger than what it […]