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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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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 …

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 …

Cold Beach, Warm Memory
July 10, 2012 – 7:47 am | 8 Comments
Cold Beach, Warm Memory

This essay is part of the series: Pa’ la Playa: Beach Week on the Tiki Tiki.
By Helena Osorio
We are caribeños, we love the sun, the salty smell of sea, and the warm weathers of Venezuela …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Play: Your Life Depends on It (Giveaway)
June 11, 2012 – 6:53 am | 18 Comments
Play: Your Life Depends on It (Giveaway)

The veranos of my childhood were spent at my Cuban grandmother’s house.
We watched a lot of TV and we ate a lot of ice cream. I didn’t play outside much because “hay mucho calor.” It was …

Finding Your (Hispanic) Roots – Video
May 27, 2012 – 8:32 am | 20 Comments
Finding Your (Hispanic) Roots – Video

Watch Adrian Grenier, Michelle Rodriguez, and Linda Chavez on PBS. See more from Finding Your Roots.
The Story of America
I have become a bit of a broken record.
Nearly everyone I speak to lately gets an earful …

The Treasured Memory
April 30, 2012 – 7:08 am | 21 Comments
The Treasured Memory

A Favorite Bedtime Story
I often wonder about what my children will remember from their childhood.
Any sweet memories I have of being little all involve my abuela. My grandmother is the one who raised me and …