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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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Supermercado ala Wal-Mart
May 13, 2009 – 7:38 am | No Comment

Cuando vayas al carnicero… look for him at Wal-Mart.
Spring Branch, Texas is the new home of Wal-Mart’s first Latino mercadito. Next up, Phoenix, Arizona and muchos mas. But you know who needs one? Little Boonie …

El Tiki Tiki
May 9, 2009 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

Tiki Tiki…it is noise, mucho habla habla, energy…and the sound of a Latin heartbeat. Listen.

Te Quiero is The Better Way to Say I Love You
May 7, 2009 – 7:42 pm | No Comment
Te Quiero is The Better Way to Say I Love You

So many nights, my husband and I are so rendidos from the marathon we are running right now- three young children and two flexible but preoccupying careers- that we hardly talk.
We are happy together …

Déjate Llevar
May 7, 2009 – 7:29 pm | No Comment
Déjate Llevar

Los expertos (whoever they are) say toddlers laugh more than 300 times a day.  The number doesn’t matter; se rien más que tu.  Their laughter a chortle, a giggle, algo que les entra and tumbles …

As If You’d Never Been Hurt
May 7, 2009 – 7:23 pm | 2 Comments
As If You’d Never Been Hurt

There is a quiet wisdom in the flowers.  Even after the months of frio, the smothering of the snow, nothing but grey sky memories, the flores return anyway.  When the moment is right, a bloom.
What …

Pero Yo Siempre Cantaré
May 7, 2009 – 7:04 pm | One Comment
Pero Yo Siempre Cantaré

Sometimes it gets to me how quiet many of my friends’ and neighbors’ homes are. Maybe quiet’s not the right word- they’re not noiseless- but they lack that blend of sound on in the background- …

Tween Dora is on the way
May 7, 2009 – 6:43 pm | No Comment
Tween Dora is on the way

So, when I heard Dora the Explorer was about to become a pre-pubescent, or rather “a Tween” — the demographic that makes marketers drool and mothers bang their heads — I went all blah blah blah-ger …

Little altars everywhere
May 7, 2009 – 2:44 pm | No Comment
Little altars everywhere

At some point early in our marriage, my husband noticed I stepped wide around discarded bags — big or small, paper or plastic.
I think we were in New York City, meandering, when he first asked …