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...
Noche Buena

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...
Visit with El Viejito

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...
The Birthday Present

The Birthday Present

The son of one of my caregivers had a birthday last week. Victor was turning eleven. I’d met him once when María brought him to visit. He was sweet and shy around me, an innocent ten-year old who was excited to meet a gringa. María had told me that his birthday...
Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender

This little book, that’s been so close to my heart for over two years, is now LIVE on Amazon. If you’re in the US and have Amazon Prime, your copy can arrive by next week. The facts: It’s bilingual–English-Spanish. It’s beautifully...

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