Latina, Latino culture, Latino family tradition, Parenting

A to Z Blogging Challenge: C is for Chancla

Hello to the third day of the A to Z Challenge. Today's letter is C and C is for "CHANCLA." Chancla is the deadliest word of the alphabet for those who grew up in a Mexican or Latino household. A chancla looks benign, especially when on the foot. The word means flip-flop or slipper or sandal. If… Continue reading A to Z Blogging Challenge: C is for Chancla

Parenting

A Daughter’s Birth Day

Today, I’m reflecting on my daughters original birth day many years ago. I came across the writing prompt “I remember...” and the memories came. I remember focusing on the circle of light in the ceiling of the hospital room until finally, I felt a deep pressure and a tug. I remember my baby in the arms of… Continue reading A Daughter’s Birth Day

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

Family, Parenting, Travel

An Amazing Family Time at Rocky Mountain National Park

To be 100% truthful, hiking is not my idea of a vacation nor is it my first thought on 'where can I celebrate my birthday.' The idea to spend my birthday vacation was a combination of visiting my kids in Denver and the news articles I'd read about the 100th birthday of the U.S. National Parks.… Continue reading An Amazing Family Time at Rocky Mountain National Park