Gardening, Mexico, Spanish Culture and Language

The Great Butterfly Migration

While I sat on our back steps shucking corn, I watched butterflies, bees, and moths feed on the nectar of our purple asters yesterday afternoon. On one cluster of Aster Amellus I spotted six Monarchs, 5 American Lady Butterflies, 4 Bumble Bees, 3 Honey Bees, 2 White Cabbage Moths and one Hoverfly (camouflaged to look […]

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Spanish Culture and Language

Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead is similar to a celebration called All Saints’ Day, a Christian holiday honoring those who have passed on. However, parts of Día de los Muertos predate the Native Peoples of the Americas contact with Europeans. In a tradition more than three thousand years old, the Maya and 40 more indigenous civilizations […]

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Spanish Culture and Language

Our Butterfly Rest Stop

Although the grace and beauty of all butterflies is captivating, monarchs are magical. Their bright orange color, their black bordered wings with alluring spots are a bouquet for the eyes. As a child, when the school year began in Minnesota I remember them arriving in numbers to rest a bit and grab a snack in […]

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