Latino culture, Travel

A to Z Challenge: Few K words in Spanish

K is for Kilogramo and Kilómetro. Not acquainted with the metric system nor thinking it had much importance proved that ignorance is not bliss. I was in my twenties when I traveled to Mexico and had no idea that it was important to know what a kilómetro (km) or kilogramo (kg) meant. Okay, I'd heard the… Continue reading A to Z Challenge: Few K words in Spanish

Family, Parenting

How I Found Happy Family Memories in a Token

  I was going to write about the commercialization of Cinco de Mayo and how much I disliked the marketing of a cultural holiday that symbolizes the hope and pride of a people. About how much I hate to see "Drinko De Mayo," and "Nacho Ordinary Cinco," slogans. The distaste for ads featuring tacos and sombreros.… Continue reading How I Found Happy Family Memories in a Token

Books, Calaveras, Family, Latino culture, Latino Family Traditions, Latino Literature, Mexican History, Mexican Holiday food, Mexican traditions

What’s up with Mexican Culture and Death?

Yes, it's that time again...not Halloween, but Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 1 and 2nd. I used to hear that celebrating Dia de Los Muertos (DLM)was morbid. But with some understanding of the cultural concept of Dia, it has become quite trendy--a real party. We did not celebrate DLM in my… Continue reading What’s up with Mexican Culture and Death?

Family, Parenting

Tamales and Traditions

Christmas just isn't Christmas without making tamales. Tamale making or the tamalada (tamale making session which turns into a gossip fest and/or party) took place at my mom's house for at least 40 years. Ten years ago the location moved to my house. This year it's back to my mom's home. Holiday traditions rarely follow a straight line.… Continue reading Tamales and Traditions