Archive for 2012

Remember the ñ: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Remember the ñ: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Happy New Year! When you say Happy New Year in Spanish it’s vital to spell it with the ñ. The ñ pronounced “enye” is a letter in its own right. To not use the ñ and to use just the letter “n” changes the pronunciation and also can change the meaning of... Read more »

12 lost in 2012: famous, infamous, unsung

12 lost in 2012: famous, infamous, unsung
It’s time to say adios. For the end of the year, I decided to do a roundup of Latinos and Latin Americans who died in 2012. There are the famous, the infamous and the unsung heroes. Famous Jenni Rivera The singer and actress died in a plane crash in Mexico on December 9. We lost... Read more »

New artist "Immi" highlights immigration

I came across a new Latino artist calling himself “Immi,” who promotes a message of cultural diversity and tolerance of immigrants. The 21-year-old immigrated from Argentina to New York when he was 14. The song and video is about following your dreams and never giving up. Here are some of the lyrics: I know people... Read more »
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Nativity Scenes de Navidad

This mini nativity scene is in the shape of an egg.
It is believed that the first nativity scene was set up by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223. Shortly after that clay figures were created in Italy to show the birth of the baby Jesus. Nativity scenes, also called nacimientos in Spanish, feature Mary, Joseph, the Three Wise Men, angels and some farm animals. On... Read more »

Christmas time with Guadalupe in Mexico

Girls walks in procession to Virgin of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta
It’s December and the Virgin of Guadalupe is everywhere in the town of Barra de Navidad. It’s fitting that I will spend the Christmas holidays this year in a town called Christmas Bar. On every block there are religious street shrines, many of them set up on December 1. There are statues and pictures of... Read more »

Apocalypse Not! The Maya live on in Mexico

Apocalypse Not! The Maya live on in Mexico
If you are reading this, the world hasn’t ended. It’s 12-21-12 and some thought the Mayans predicted the end of the world for this day. But according to experts it actually meant the end of a calendar and the beginning of a new one called a baktun, or 144,000 days. In Mexico, where I am... Read more »
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Finding the Virgin of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe, my Queen and my Mother...
December 12 is the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico. Her image is honored by Catholics throughout the world. On December 12, 1531, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, an indigenous man, in Mount Tepeyac, near Mexico City. Our Lady of Guadalupe is considered the “Queen of... Read more »

Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" en español

Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" en español
This week I attended the FIL, the Guadalajara International Book Fair, considered the most important book festival in the Spanish-language. There I had the unique opportunity to see Mexican actor, Diego Luna, perform “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg in Spanish. You may recall Luna from such movies as “Y tu mamá también” and he also had... Read more »

FIL 2012 book festival in Guadalajara

[View the story "FIL 2012 book festival in Guadalajara" on Storify] FIL 2012 book festival in Guadalajara The annual Guadalajara International Book Fair is the most important book festival in the Spanish-speaking world and the second largest book festival after Frankfurt. It began November 24 and ends December 2, 2012. Storified by Teresa Puente ·... Read more »
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Republicans fail with Achieve Act

Republicans fail with Achieve Act
Latino voters made a difference in the presidential election and their political voice will only continue to grow. And Republicans are getting the message. This week Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) introduced the Achieve Act that pretends to help undocumented youth. It’s a weaker version of the DREAM Act. It... Read more »