Spanish Culture and Language

14 Greats Who Passed in 2019

Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos, is a holiday that is gaining popularity in the United States. In honor of this celebration of those who have passed on, in our home I make displays dedicated to deceased family members, see this post for examples. Outside in the front yard, I make an art […]

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Argentina, Chile, Natural World, The Americas

10 Peeks at a Fairyland of Snow

Tuesday morning we woke up, looked out the window, and what did we see? Our landscape was transformed overnight into a winter wonderland. Each tree carried a canopy of fluff. The temperatures had dropped below zero freezing the precipitation. Say, have I ever mentioned that we talk about the weather a lot in the Midwest? […]

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Natural World, The Americas

10 Snapshots from the Land of Lakes

Minnesota is called the Land of 10,000 Lakes; it has more like 11,842. Minneapolis alone has 13 lakes. I grew up there, between Lake Nokomis and Lake Harriet. Minneapolis and St. Paul (the Twin Cities) are the largest and most populated towns. They are near the eastern border with Wisconsin and 175 mi (217K) from […]

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5 Reasons to Sing

5. We’re alive today. There’s a great song by Colombian singer Santiago Cruz, “Como si no fuera suficiente despertar y ser conscientes del milagro tan sencillo que comprende el estar vivos nada más, tanto más, simplemente estar vivos.” (As if it were not enough to awaken and be conscious of the simple miracle, to understand […]

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