Catholic School, Latino Family Traditions

Ash Wednesday and Lent, Memories of Catholic School

  Today is Ash Wednesday, a Catholic tradition that marks the start of the Lenten season. Or to us Catholic school kids, who'll never forget, it's time to give up something for 40 days to remind us of sacrifice. Everyone strolled around the neighborhood with their ash crosses on their forehead, a mark of a… Continue reading Ash Wednesday and Lent, Memories of Catholic School

Family, Latino culture, Latino Family Traditions, Parenting

How Tamales Make My World A Better Place

Every December, I write about making tamales, and this year is no different.  Our mother has made tamales for over seventy years, longer than her children have been alive. And her mother made tamales before she was born. And her mother, back to the days of maize and metates. Something is wrong with my universe… Continue reading How Tamales Make My World A Better Place