Inspiration

12 New Year’s Eve Traditions Around the World

Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com Are you trying to push Covid-19 behind you? I am. Especially since I'm awaiting a test to see if I'm positive or not. Hopefully, not. A family member who tested positive is asymptomatic but everyone in the household decided to get a test. So, while we're waiting and isolating,… Continue reading 12 New Year’s Eve Traditions Around the World

Healing, Latino culture, Mexican traditions, Writing

Heartbreak, Love Potions and Curanderas

If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it-Toni Morrison Writing, especially novels is a long hard road. Sometimes people ask, "Are you finished yet?" "What's happening with that story you told me about?" Oh, that story. Well, three years later I'm finished with… Continue reading Heartbreak, Love Potions and Curanderas

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

Healing, Latino culture, Loss, Mexican traditions, Writing

Do You Know How to Use a Curandera?

Do you know how to naturally heal fright or trauma? No? More about susto later. During the last two years, I've worked on a story about an ambitious twenty-one-year-old with a ten-year plan to become a State Senator who drops out of college because of a broken engagement. She meets a grandmother and granddaughter who are curanderas. Although… Continue reading Do You Know How to Use a Curandera?