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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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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 …

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 …

“Ay sol bueno y mar de espuma, y arena fina…”
July 6, 2012 – 4:09 am | 4 Comments
“Ay sol bueno y mar de espuma, y arena fina…”

This essay is part of the Pa’ la Playa: Beach Week on the Tiki Tiki.
The title of this post is the beginning of a poem by beloved Cuban poet, Jose Martí. “Los Zapaticos de Rosa.”
Varadero, …

La Playa: Beach Stories
July 2, 2012 – 8:05 am | 19 Comments
La Playa: Beach Stories

Vamos a la Playa, calienta el sol…
This photo above is Miami Beach, probably around 1972. Back before it was trendy and mostly populated by retirees, a few tourists and Cuban immigrants and their young families.
The …

William Levy, Salma and Me
May 7, 2012 – 9:32 am | 2 Comments
William Levy, Salma and Me

Baby Morphing with William Levy

So, a couple weeks ago, I was in the grocery store line and saw the gloriously beautiful Salma Hayek on the cover of Lucky magazine.
My first thought was: “Salma and William …

Oye, Are You Really Bilingual?
April 3, 2012 – 1:00 am | 27 Comments
Oye, Are You Really Bilingual?

¿Donde va el Acento?
So, listen.
I’ve got a new day job. I’m hanging at a Latino nonprofit in Nashville. Doing PR and communications. My new role calls on me to write in Spanish. For native Spanish-speakers.
Me …

Longing: New Photos of Cuba Today
April 2, 2012 – 6:55 am | No Comment
Longing: New Photos of Cuba Today

My Sunday paper alerted me to an upcoming photo exhibit in Nashville of images from the new photography book, Old Havana: Spirit of the Living City by Chip Cooper and Nestor Marti.
Published by the University …

Baporu: Make Your Own Vapor Rub
March 1, 2012 – 7:23 am | 18 Comments
Baporu: Make Your Own Vapor Rub

‘Bic Baporu’ Fixes All
Memories of childhood winter colds: The Vicks rub down, followed by a tissue placed on my chest.
Vicks Vaporub– or bic baporu  – and colds — they just go together, si? I just …

French Parents Do It Better? (Video)
February 19, 2012 – 9:01 am | 12 Comments
French Parents Do It Better? (Video)

French Parenting Advice
I first heard about the book, Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman from a journalist friend, Liz, who recently moved with her husband and …

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 …