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Black Velvet
December 16, 2012 – 3:09 pm | 17 Comments

Childhood memories are vivid, almost indescribable in their detail, and impossible to forget. A Christmas memory I have is that of a black velvet dress  a family friend gave to me for my seventh Christmas.
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Black Velvet
December 16, 2012 – 3:09 pm | 17 Comments
Black Velvet

Childhood memories are vivid, almost indescribable in their detail, and impossible to forget. A Christmas memory I have is that of a black velvet dress  a family friend gave to me for my seventh Christmas.
The …

Pumpkin Flan Recipe Round-up
November 20, 2012 – 4:57 pm | 7 Comments
Pumpkin Flan Recipe Round-up

                                                               Source: cielitorosado.com via TikiTikiBlog …

The Queen of The Short Story
November 4, 2012 – 5:33 pm | 15 Comments
The Queen of The Short Story

For years, I sat on the floor in front of my Abuela as she curled my dark hair around her fingers in the shape of ringlets, and told me story after story. Hours and hours …

The Rich Culture That Surrounds Our Hair
September 10, 2012 – 1:00 am | 29 Comments
The Rich Culture That Surrounds Our Hair

The One-Year Latin Haircut Rule
My three boys automatically get a back-to-school haircut the week before school starts. I don’t think too much about it, we time it just so; that way it’s not too long …

Celebrating Culture at School with “Juan”
August 23, 2012 – 6:21 pm | 4 Comments
Celebrating Culture at School with “Juan”

La Nena started school a week ago, and I nearly had a sirimba (a good one) when I saw her Third Grade writing worksheet featured a boy named Juan and his sister, Rosa, as the …

The Jersey Year
July 18, 2012 – 7:44 am | 8 Comments
The Jersey Year

We snuck out the side door of Public School #5 in West New York, another 8-year-old girl and me. Unfortunately, I got seen by a viejita who was there to pick her granddaughter up at …

Beach time, Cuban-style
July 9, 2012 – 7:11 am | 2 Comments
Beach time, Cuban-style

This essay is part of Pa’ la Playa: Beach Week on the Tiki Tiki.
By Maruchy Ramos-Lachance
Back in 1961 my parents joined hundreds of fellow Cubans on their heartbreaking exile to the U.S.A.   Their adopted homeland did …

Pa’ La Playa, Puerto Rican-Style
July 3, 2012 – 6:55 am | 9 Comments
Pa’ La Playa, Puerto Rican-Style

This essay is Part 2 of La Playa: Beach Stories, Latin-style, showcased this week on the Tiki Tiki.
By Kali Amanda Browne
I remember one time when my madrina and her husband planned a beach outing to …

As Handsome as Orlando Bloom
June 15, 2012 – 6:38 am | 46 Comments
As Handsome as Orlando Bloom

In celebration of Father’s Day, el Día de los Padres, I remember my very special father, who came to this country from Colombia when he was 36-years-old. Sadly, he passed away suddenly when I was …

Puerto Rican Flag Mishap. So Wrong.
June 13, 2012 – 11:01 am | 7 Comments
Puerto Rican Flag Mishap. So Wrong.

By Melanie Edwards
The Puerto Rican Day Parade took place last weekend in New York City. The annual event is a celebrated one in the community and one I’ve never been able to experience, as much …