Ana Karen Perez-Guzman

The simple truth: nagging never ends

Once upon a time, I was a kid who lived at home and was tired of having adults nag me. Do your home work… is your bed made… who broke the vase… brush your teeth… don’t forget to do the dishes… why is there chewed gum all over the bed frame… why did you hit your brother with a tennis racket? I was excited to become an adult and be able to do whatever I wanted, when I wanted.

 

New homeless counting system starting this year

The scope of homelessness in our community used to be measured with the One Night Count system.

 

Christmas should be about friends and families

Christmas used to be so easy as a kid

 

Walking in the shoes of immigrants | Our Corner

I am one of the lucky few who became a citizen, and I can honestly say I am the American dream.

The many faces and facets of domestic violence | Part 2

Part one of the domestic violence series provided an in-depth look at stories from victims who have dealt with domestic violence. The stories had a few things in common, including that the victims stayed with their abuser for years. This raises the questions of how victims can get out of a domestic violence situation.

‘The Girl on the Train’: Good film and even better read

Rachel Watson watches Jess and Jason every morning and afternoon when she takes the train to and from London. She watches them when the train stops in front of their house. She thinks about how Jess is probably artistic or that Jason is some sort of doctor since he tends to be absent for days at a time. Even though she has never met Jess or Jason, it’s comforting to see them everyday. The smallest things can make a difference, especially when your life has fallen apart slowly, but surely.

“Before I Go To Sleep”: movie vs. book | Point of Review

Imagine waking up every morning and not knowing who or where you are. All you really remember is, you’re in your 20’s, with your whole life ahead of you. But when you look in the mirror, the 20-something you thought you were isn’t staring back. This is the reality for Christine Lucas, in “Before I Go to Sleep” by S.J. Watson.

Understanding your health care | Our Corner

hanks to the Affordable Care Act, everyone has to have health insurance or there will be a penalty. In 2014, I qualified for free health insurance so I didn’t have to pick a plan; it was done for me, thanks to the nice lady on the other end of the phone. It was a different story in 2015.

Don’t be afraid of the unknown | Our Corner

One year ago, I did the most terrifying thing I have ever done. I moved to a new city without a plan.

Movie adds a magical element to the book, “The Lovely Bones” | Point of Review

Susie Salmon had heard that when someone was about to be murdered, their last words were either "please" or "don't" or a combination of the two. Those were the only two words she could think of when her life was about to end by the hands of her neighbor, George.

Before becoming an adult, I wish I knew hot to protect myself from a burglary | How to Adult

A few weeks ago, I came home with my roommate and two friends after a fun-filled afternoon of watching Finding Dory and getting dinner. The first thing we noticed was that our door was open. Everything was the same in our living room, but as we got into our bedrooms, we realize we had been burglarized.

It never hurts to be skeptical | Our Corner

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have to find a new apartment. Apartment hunting and moving are my least favorite things. It can get really stressful and I get grumpy. Surprisingly enough, I'm no fun to be around when I'm a big grumpy pants.

Dexter: Television show vs. book series | Point of Review

A few months ago, I had just finished watching Parks and Rec for the third or fourth time on Netflix. When I can't find a new show to watch, I go back to an old favorite. And it's usually a comedy. I asked for suggestions from friends and one of them suggested Dexter.

Nothing could keep me from the caucus | The Road to Voting, Part 3

A few days leading up to an exciting event, I usually can’t sleep. I’m just so excited! Two nights before my first caucus, I couldn’t sleep. This time, it wasn’t because I was super excited.

Northwest customers urged to carefully examine “free trial” beauty products | Better Business Bureau

Online shoppers thought they were signing up for a free trial on a celebrity endorsed beauty product. Instead, they ended up with products they didn’t want and handed over more cash than they planned.

Process confusing but so rewarding | The Road to Voting, Part 2

The very first thing I did four months ago, after becoming a citizen (besides be a big ball of joy and emotion), was register to vote. I remember sitting in an Olive Garden in November 2008 with my freshman-year roommate watching Barack Obama get elected as the first black president of the U.S. Not only was it exciting that Obama was the first black president, but it was also exciting that my graduating class was able to vote in the election that caused such a monumental decision. Except I didn't get to vote; I wasn't a citizen at the time.

It wasn’t easy, but I’m a US citizen | The Road to Voting, Part 1

Exactly one year ago, I had to a make a pretty big decision. My green card was about to expire and I could have either renewed it for another 10 years or apply for citizenship.

Speeding: The math just doesn’t add up

Since I started working for Sound Publishing I have had to make the trek from Kent to Covington each morning, I have seen at least one reckless driver every single day. It’s come to the point where I am a little nervous driving to work. The main reasons I have noticed why drivers are being so reckless is because they are in a hurry (speeding and weaving in and out of traffic) or distracted (texting, talking, fidgeting with their radios).

“Before I Go To Sleep”: movie vs. book | Point of Review

Imagine waking up every morning and not knowing who or where you are. All you really remember is, you’re in your 20’s, with your whole life ahead of you. But when you look in the mirror, the 20-something you thought you were isn’t staring back.

Understanding your health care | Our Corner

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, everyone has to have health insurance or there will be a penalty. In 2014, I qualified for free health insurance so I didn’t have to pick a plan; it was done for me, thanks to the nice lady on the other end of the phone. It was a different story in 2015.