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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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La Via Dolorosa
March 6, 2013 – 7:34 am | 18 Comments
La Via Dolorosa

Easter Sunday is a big deal in America. A bite-the-ears-off-the-chocolate-bunny kind of big deal. I learned this early on after my first year in school here when I was 5-years-old.
It was kindergarten, and children in …

The Rich Culture That Surrounds Our Hair
September 10, 2012 – 1:00 am | 29 Comments
The Rich Culture That Surrounds Our Hair

The One-Year Latin Haircut Rule
My three boys automatically get a back-to-school haircut the week before school starts. I don’t think too much about it, we time it just so; that way it’s not too long …

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 …

Are You Losing Your Spanish?
January 23, 2012 – 6:50 am | 28 Comments

Hablas el Spanish?
This poll is for the second- and third- and plus-generation Latinos who were born, or have grown up, in the United States.
Inspired by the story in February’s Latina magazine titled, Are We Losing Our …

Virtual Thanksgiving. A Comer Together.
November 22, 2011 – 9:14 am | No Comment
Virtual Thanksgiving. A Comer Together.

Let’s Have Thanksgiving Together
Dear Amigos,
Consider this your Evite to a Virtual Thanksgiving Celebration.
Join us Thanksgiving Day on the Tiki Tiki Facebook Fan Page for a pachanga with the pavo, la comida and la familia.
We are …

Introduction to Thanksgiving for the Non-American
November 21, 2011 – 1:00 am | 66 Comments
Introduction to Thanksgiving for the Non-American

Our First American Thanksgiving
It was yet another bewildering holiday in America for all of us, my newly citizened family of eight in the late 1960′s. We were all in the kitchen, assembling the ingredients that …

Home Altars and La Caridad
September 8, 2011 – 1:00 am | 14 Comments
Home Altars and La Caridad

September 8 is the Feast of La Caridad del Cobre, Cuba’s Patron Saint.
I, like lots of girls born to Cubans, was named after la Caridad and on this day, my family calls. It’s almost like …

Empacho, Patatú and other Conditions
March 23, 2011 – 4:54 am | 26 Comments
Empacho, Patatú and other Conditions

When I was little, I was not allowed to walk on the cold terrazo floor for maternal fear I would cojer un frio and horrible things would happen to my private parts. There’s a word …

Meatless Fridays: Lenten Recipes
March 11, 2011 – 5:34 am | One Comment
Meatless Fridays: Lenten Recipes

By Tessa Lemos
Growing up Católica, Fridays during Lent always meant Meatless Fridays — which was a drastic shift because I grew up in a carnivorous Mexican-American house.
My half-Cuban husband recalls he knew it was the …

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
December 31, 2010 – 4:27 am | 6 Comments
¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

My non-Hispanic friends dress up and go to parties on New Year’s Eve.
They make lovely adult conversation and a few minutes before midnight they turn the TV on and watch the ball drop in Times …