Santa or the 3 Wise Guys?

In the United States, St. Nick is a national obsession. His likeness is big business; tree ornaments, droopy red hats, pajamas, sweaters and bath mats stamped with his image. Most recently he's been turning up as  inflatable outdoor decorations! Why is Santa so central to winter giving traditions in the United States? Let's talk a … Continue reading Santa or the 3 Wise Guys?

Let’s Talk Cinema

Cine, Spanish for cinema, is one of my favorite pastimes. Movies are a great introduction to culture, language and history of another region. Director Carlos Saura’s, Carmen, was a key inspiration for my website’s title, Fake Flamenco. The passion I saw in the dancing of the classic opera’s retelling scorched my eyelashes. Latin culture, art … Continue reading Let’s Talk Cinema

Ensayos sobre América Latina y España por la Supergringa Rebecca

Hola Amigos, Les ofrezco mis escrituras humildes sobre los países hispanohablantes que tuve la suerte de visitar. Hablo de cultura, idioma, encuentros sociales, la política y la economía. A pesar de estudiar el castellano por varias décadas, los errores gramaticales míos persiguen... Disculpa. Hablo de mi corazón a los suyos, buscando un intercambio de ideas … Continue reading Ensayos sobre América Latina y España por la Supergringa Rebecca

The Economic Side of the Equation

On the plane to Buenos Aires in 2002, I read the Chilean newspaper. The tumult of protests in Argentina’s capital was front page news. I struggled to swallow. How would I tell Evan we were headed for trouble? I bit my lip, exhaled, then touched his shoulder saying, “Honey, I don’t know how to tell … Continue reading The Economic Side of the Equation