Spanish Culture and Language

Chilean Poetry

What is it about Chile that produces such world class writers? Chilean poets Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda won Nobel Prizes for literature; the first in 1945 and the second in 1971. Gabriela Mistral was the first Latin American to win the prize. Is it Chile’s varied landscape, from desert to glaciers, from mountains to […]

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Spanish Culture and Language, writing

Poetry Path

I began writing poems when I was in elementary school. After the funeral of my great grandmother when I was 9, I wrote: Ashes to ashes dust to dust. Die we don’t want to but die we must. As a high school senior, I was fortunate to study with an English teacher who required we […]

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Chilean Lapis Lazuli

Evan gave me this lovely lapis earring and necklace set for our third wedding anniversary we celebrated at the end of our year in Chile. I love the chevron setting for the stones, which are connected by hinges, giving them a lot of movement. Chileans are rightfully proud of the beauty of Andean lapis lazuli, […]

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Artisan Earrings

Summer break from seriousness… Earrings are a key part of my personal style. I love finding jewelry with unique looks and materials when I travel. My ear bob souvenirs fit well in my travel bag. They aren’t fragile as pottery or as big as a painting. Earrings from open-air markets and small shops in Spain […]

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Sidewalk Traffic

My dad is an old-fashioned kind of guy. He was taught to remain on the street-side of the sidewalk during a stroll to protect females from any stagecoach mud. Just kidding about the stagecoach. When we walk together, he often switches to the left or to the right of me as we turn corners to […]

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Guatemalan Fabric

Two of my favorite travelers are in Guatemala this week. Their visit to the northernmost Spanish-speaking country in Central America reminded me of a poem I wrote on the plane home from my time in Antigua. Guatemala I flew into the unknown, to a volcanic land where an agrarian people weave cotton cloth in bright […]

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