Across Da Bayou

As part of my checkered past, I used to live in Louisiana. If you add it all up, I spent about ten years down in Cajun Country. Growing up in Texas, we used to call them crawdads, but I'd never eaten a crawfish until I went to Baton Rouge. You boil them up in Cajun...

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A Million Sticky Kisses

The Chilean school year will be starting soon, so I'm taking this opportunity to post an excerpt from my memoir, A Million Sticky Kisses. It's about my first day at school in Santiago, Chile. From A Million Sticky Kisses: "Peter, who had picked me up at the airport,...

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Fascination

When I was a child, I had a little jewelry box. It had a wind-up music box in it. When you wound the key and then opened the box, a plastic ballerina danced around in a circle and the music box played a waltz entitled "Fascination." I had no idea of the song lyrics. I...

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Small Things Brought Together

The following is a guest post by author Katharine Grubb. I blame the ice and snow. I blame the post-holiday fog that is still lingering in the corner around those Christmas cards I still have hanging on the mantel. I blame the insatiable desire for all things flavored...

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The Hug Quota

Recently, I saw an old friend for the first time in many years. I don't know when our next visit will be, so before we parted, I made sure to give him a good, long hug. Have you been hugged lately? A quick touch and go? Most hugs are like that. A fast embrace, an...

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Not Just Lunch

When is lunch not just lunch? When you're in Chile, of course. The custom here is to eat an enormous lunch. And if you've been invited to someone's home, it’s never just lunch. There is always sobremesa, after-meal table chat, which can last until once, evening...

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Goodbye, 2017

The new year is upon us, only a few hours away as I write this. I heard a story today that I want to share. The story is about a six-year old named Jenny. Jenny and her mother were at the store, waiting in the check out line, when Jenny spied a shiny pink box with a...

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Noche Buena

In Chile, Christmas Eve is known as Noche Buena. This is the night that Christmas is celebrated with family, usually with a big meal and gifts for the children brought during the night by St. Nick, who is known as Viejito Pascuero. In years past, I've had invitations...

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Visit with El Viejito

I have rarely spent Christmas in Chile. One of my neighbors has hung a Christmas wreath on the apartment door, but I can't get into the spirit in 90º+ heat. When I think about it, I grew up in and spent a lot of years living in places where it was warm at Christmas....

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