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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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Big Bang Spanish
August 9, 2011 – 4:18 am | 4 Comments
Big Bang Spanish

By Rubén González
With all the earnestness of a loving and proud father, I took my boy for a walk around the lake so we could take some fresh air, get some exercise, and spend some …

Amigas and the Light of Encouragement
August 3, 2011 – 7:01 am | 20 Comments
Amigas and the Light of Encouragement

Chick Weekends
The planning for my next Chicks Weekend is under way.
Five of us. A cabin in the Tennessee mountain country. A lake. An extensive meals planning schedule. And, of course, a margarita machine.
It will be …

Hablando Latina Smart
July 28, 2011 – 1:00 am | 9 Comments
Hablando Latina Smart

We’ve talked fashion, food, trends and dichos over at the Latina Smart community this summer.
It’s the simple beginning of an on-going conversation that is meant to unite, educate, empower and even give us a laugh …

Cojelo con el Take it Easy
July 27, 2011 – 1:00 am | 4 Comments
Cojelo con el Take it Easy

Has someone told you lately to cojelo con el take it easy?
Do you tell yourself that all the time? Relax, chill, don’t worry? Don’t freak out?
If so, mira: a selection from Ralph Marston’s Daily Motivator site …

Simple Words (Giveaway)
July 20, 2011 – 5:03 am | 26 Comments
Simple Words (Giveaway)

Not long ago, my daughter was messing around in a pile of my paperwork.
She handed me a card I received several years ago from a young woman I once wrote a newspaper story about. It …

Dicho: Merequetén and Rock-Breaking Heat
July 14, 2011 – 7:57 am | 15 Comments
Dicho: Merequetén and Rock-Breaking Heat

I don’t know about you, but sometimes unexpected Spanish stuff  – sometimes things I had not thought of in years — fly into my coco. Words, sayings, dichos. Things that I would hear my grandma or …

Pretty Things: Let’s go to the beach!
July 14, 2011 – 6:00 am | 10 Comments
Pretty Things: Let’s go to the beach!

Hi Amigos! It’s Dariela here bringing you some pretty cositas for this hot summer days at the beach, the lake, the pool or wherever you guys want to go swim and enjoy the sun.
It was …

For The Love Of Fernando
July 12, 2011 – 6:22 am | 7 Comments
For The Love Of Fernando

Ed. note: In  honor of today’s 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game enjoy this story of devotion y beisbol.

by Jennifer Ramόn-Dover
In the spring of 1981, the baseball world was taken by storm by a phenomenally …

Affirming The Shape of a Latina
July 4, 2011 – 6:32 am | 7 Comments
Affirming The Shape of a Latina

Today, on the Tiki Tiki, we present a gallery of Latinas sharing images they say represent the body positive views they have of themselves. If I had added my own photo, it likely would have …

Embracing My Inner Boliche
July 3, 2011 – 5:46 am | 3 Comments
Embracing My Inner Boliche

This essay is part of the series, Accepting the Self: Latinas on Body Image. For links to the full series, please read the introduction.

By Maria Aquilino
Confessions of a recovering pastelito de guayaba addict! Growing …