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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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Del Alma: Pa’ que worry?
December 16, 2012 – 3:19 pm | 3 Comments
Del Alma: Pa’ que worry?

La nena started to cry about a “what if” the other day.
“Please, don’t waste time wondering and worrying,’’ I told her. “You don’t know what is going to happen, yet.”
And, then my words bit me …

Thanksgiving Flan and Culture
November 15, 2012 – 9:06 pm | 2 Comments
Thanksgiving Flan and Culture

Gracias for the Flan
I nearly cried in the hallway at my daughter’s school this week: Because she told the world she loves my flan. My Thanksgiving flan.
The badly photographed image above is an excerpt from …

Making Tortillas, Passing on Cultura
September 13, 2012 – 8:36 am | 6 Comments
Making Tortillas, Passing on Cultura

I was walking into the grocery for a quick stop when I whipped myself around so fast, I am lucky I didn’t trip on the work tacones.
“Cubanos!” I basically yelled at the two men who …

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 …

The Jersey Year
July 18, 2012 – 7:44 am | 8 Comments
The Jersey Year

We snuck out the side door of Public School #5 in West New York, another 8-year-old girl and me. Unfortunately, I got seen by a viejita who was there to pick her granddaughter up at …

Lessons from My Papi
June 16, 2012 – 1:01 am | 2 Comments
Lessons from My Papi

My father being 100% himself, playing with my daughter two years ago.
My father is spending Father’s Day in Cuba.
He, two sisters who live in the United States, and two sisters who live in Cuba are …

Los Heartthrobs of the Young and Old (Video)
May 26, 2012 – 1:55 pm | 3 Comments
Los Heartthrobs of the Young and Old (Video)

El Puma
There was a framed Sacred Heart of Jesus portrait at the foot of my grandmother’s bed.
There also was a framed photo of Jose Luis Rodriguez: ”El Puma!”
This, when she was in her 70s.
If you don’t …

del alma: Less Blah Blah Blah more Cha Cha Cha
April 2, 2012 – 1:00 am | 16 Comments
del alma: Less Blah Blah Blah more Cha Cha Cha

Cojelo Con el Take it Easy

So, sometimes do you think we’re a people prone to drama?
Like we go for the lucha, for the tiki tiki, when we could just brush it off y ya? Is it …

Surprise! You Can Survive The Storms
March 5, 2012 – 1:00 am | 8 Comments
Surprise! You Can Survive The Storms

Weathering the Tough Stuff
Two years ago, we surprised our daughter with an 8-week-old puppy.
Two days ago (as I write this), my family got surprised by an F1 tornado that slammed into an area close to …

del alma: On Amigas
February 6, 2012 – 1:00 am | 3 Comments
del alma: On Amigas

dicho: “Amistades que son ciertas, mantienens la puertas abiertas.”
I got a text the other day from my best friend from grade school. We hung together tightly from the 4th grade to the 10th. Our day-to-day …