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?
What if U.S. weights were based on the kilogram for the last 143 years? What if your bathroom scale was calibrated to the correct number of pounds compared to a kilogram standard? Click on the scale to continue.
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
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 … Continue reading Artisan Earrings
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
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