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First put on your oxygen mask 

Por Mariel Fiori
November 2023
A few days ago on my program La Voz with Mariel Fiori on Radio Kingston (Monday to Friday, 10 to 11 am on 1490 AM, 107.9 FM, the holistic psychologist Dora Inés Grosso García commented on the question: how do we maintain balance and our mental health in the face of so much devastating news? Her response was accompanied by the analogy of security measures on a plane trip. If the cabin loses oxygen, passengers are asked to first put on their mask and then assist other passengers who need it.

This simple and wise advice makes us think that, in order to help outwardly, we first have to be well ourselves, helping ourselves internally. How is our diet going? Our dream? Is our body functioning well? Our personal relationships? All in order? Almost? Well, since we put on our oxygen masks, we can proceed to support the passengers of this journey of life who are closest to us.

This reminds me of something that happened to me recently at a yoga and Ayurveda retreat in which I participated with a beautiful and varied group of people.In a moment of great connection with nature and our deepest emotions, peace in the world was requested. I couldn't help but start crying uncontrollably. Yes, I told them, here we are with all our positive energy with great hope for peace, but the suffering in the world is so great that what we do is nothing. There is nothing we can do. That's how heartbroken I felt. 

Luckily our guide and local made me see that what I do every day through the profession I chose, in work and community life, my vocation of service to my Hispanic and immigrant community of the Hudson Valley is something, for small as it may be, that helps against the suffering of existence, that helps to live better. Of course, I already said it here several years ago. Accepting the status quo is not in my blood, upbringing or experience. We need to use the tools we have (whether education, networks, time and/or money) to help improve the little corner of the world where we choose to live. In my case, I do it through my passion for communication.

I no longer feel heartbroken, I already remembered why I am here building a community through all the platforms at my disposal. I am deeply grateful to my family for having instilled in me the great value of service, of helping others. I also thank you for putting education first and foremost. Otherwise, how will I be able to put on the oxygen mask that allows me to support those around me? The fight continues, as always.

I hope you enjoy the November issue of The Voice. We put in many hours on the entire team, from assistants to editors, and more collaborators who help us distribute it throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. Argentine-American curator and artist Elisa Pritzker introduces us to Brazilian artist Monique Allain; Andrés Pérez Rangel brings us his memories of a Venezuelan in Mexico City; Nohan Meza shows us a mini guide to recycling, and a Guarani story about the origin of the mermaid; Elizabeth Liotta makes us learn about holistic health and the free services available; Dora Inés Grosso García reflects on addictions and Olga Salazar on the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren; Anita and Toby Campion analyze the myths of the Spanish conquest, or rather: the Spanish invasion; and in the resource guide we share announcements of free events and services, from English classes and movies to employment opportunities.

If you like what you read, share! Don't keep good information to yourself. If you are able, a donation to La Voz is welcome ( This magazine is free to read, but not to produce.

Mariel Fiori
Managing Editor

*Translated from Spanish by Waleska Brito.

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