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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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Stuff Guys Say to Cuban Girls (Video)
January 16, 2012 – 9:14 pm | 8 Comments

click the headline link to see the videos.
OK, we are a little bit addicted to these Things People Say videos on YouTube, and watching them has brought up stuff people have said to me and …

Latinos, Hispanics and Racial Identity
January 15, 2012 – 8:55 am | 11 Comments
Latinos, Hispanics and Racial Identity

Questions of Race and Ethnicity
There are more people living in the one Miami subdivision where my parents live than in the whole of my little town outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
And except for the nice family …

¡Rob! Needs Ayuda
January 13, 2012 – 6:31 am | 2 Comments
¡Rob! Needs Ayuda

In the first five minutes of CBS’ new ¡Rob!, we had  jokes on siestas, Catholics and their birth control — or lack — guacamole and Julio Iglesias.
Then there was the gardener with the leaf blower …

Dulce de Leche Cheerios Recipes
January 9, 2012 – 1:00 am | 9 Comments
Dulce de Leche Cheerios Recipes

Dulce de Leche: Not Just For Latinos Anymore
Dulce de leche, a staple deliciousness in the Latin American diet, is not a well-kept secret anymore.
For goodness sakes, it is as main stream as salsa. It’s everywhere.
The …

Despojos, Azabaches and Other Rituals
January 2, 2012 – 9:34 am | 34 Comments
Despojos, Azabaches and Other Rituals

Cleansing el Mal de Ojo
There was a beautiful white-robed Santa Mercedes statue in my grandparent’s living room. It was on a wooden bookcase and always surrounded by fresh flowers and a glass of water.
More times …

¡Basta Ya! Stop Breaking Resolutions
December 29, 2011 – 9:18 am | 2 Comments
¡Basta Ya! Stop Breaking Resolutions

Reach Your Goals in 2012
Are you sick, and totally cansada, of watching the years go by and you’re still wishing, wanting, struggling, hoping, over the same things? The same things you’ve wanted to change or …

Gritos al Cielo: Latina Prayers for Patience
December 22, 2011 – 7:32 am | 8 Comments
Gritos al Cielo: Latina Prayers for Patience

¡Ay! Virgencita, Ayudame!
By Jessie Nuez
¡Ay! Gran Poder de Dios!
¡Ay! Virgencita de la Altagracia ilumíname el camino a la tranquilidad.
María Santísima que estaré yo pagando!
Dios de la Vida, Padre Celestial, cuida de mi que no quiero …

Pretending to Believe in Santa, a Confession
December 20, 2011 – 1:00 am | 5 Comments
Pretending to Believe in Santa, a Confession

What I Overheard About Santa
By Cynthia Martinez
I was one of those kids who acted like she believed in Santa Claus until I was 13. Well, 13 was the last year I was allowed to get …

Pretty Things: Celebrate!
December 18, 2011 – 6:00 am | 2 Comments
Pretty Things: Celebrate!

Hola a todos! It’s Dariela and I’m back with the second part of the fiestas. Some more pretty cositas for you or for your friends and loved ones. Let’s celebrate the holidays with lots of …

Hispanic Holiday Celebrations: Loud and De Familia
December 14, 2011 – 10:17 am | 10 Comments
Hispanic Holiday Celebrations: Loud and De Familia

There are just three of us at home most of the time.
The dog barks a lot, and the cat is a pushy meower, but mostly it is like Silent Night around here all year long.
The …