As we celebrate IDRA’s 50th anniversary this year, we are re-releasing chapters from our founder’s popular memoir, All Pianos Have Keys and Other Stories, that is now out of print. Watch our social media accounts and this page for each new release.

All Pianos Have Keys and Other Stories

By José A. Cárdenas, Ed.D., Summer 1994

Table of Contents


Personal Stories

All Pianos Have Keys

Missing the Bus

Typing for Bill Crane

The Rules of Golf

Mister Roebuck

Lana Turner in South Texas

The Rebirth of Bustamante

El Tumio Tobin

Professional Anecdotes

Silence of the Lambs

The Epidemic that Never Was

Jesus Christ Was Not Bilingual

The Shape of the World

My Mother Went to Town

One Minute of Silence

Bilingual Onions

My Side of the Story

The Molly Bee Syndrome

The Verbs

A Measure of Progress

The Dining Room Table

Educational Topics

My School: Budget Monitoring At Its Best

The Road to Indio

King Antonio’s Exile

Fiesta San Antonio And Human Rights

The Fifty Most Memorable Quotes in School Finance

My Magnificent Twenty

Mike the Knife

The Analogy of the Amoeba

Basics of Motivation