The Mexico I write about may be familiar to some, and strange to many. Familiar because they will instantly recognize the landscapes and culture I describe in “Dust Unto Shadow,” and know exactly what I mean when I say that “the future always looks a sun-drenched sun, because no one remembers the past.”
Now for my second topic: In September, for Mexican Independence Day, Saturday Sept. 16, I was asked to read and discuss Dust Unto Shadow at the East Los Angeles Library at 2 pm.
If I’ve sent you this blog post as an email- YOU ARE INVITED and I will be expecting you! You can see the flyer here: http://colapublib.org/calendar/index.php?com=detail&eID=114787
And to end a torching hot August, today, The Latina Book Club ran an interview on me you can read about it here: http://www.latinabookclub.com/
When I was seven, the first time I boarded a plane I was in route to San Francisco with my mother. It was during Easter break. In those days food was not accessible everywhere as it is today. People ate at meal times, it’s probably why obesity was such a rarity. Consequently, we arrived at our destination famished. Once at my Uncles’ my mother vocalized our hunger. We were served cold Lenten bread pudding and I was instantly smitten. Capirotada is made of toasted bread slices drenched in a sweet and spicy syrup. It was soft and sticky, and there were crunchy nuts, chewy raisins and a creamy tang…I was in love!
While the combination of a Gypsy Mass and Flamenco was unknown to me until yesterday, it was the object of adoration at All Saint’s Parish in Beverly Hills on Sunday afternoon, June 21. Held in the chapel, the venue provided the perfect acoustics for Drew Croon’s Misa Gitana Andaluza.
The fifth agreement is this…Be skeptical, but learn to listen. Don’t believe yourself or anybody else. Use the power of doubt to question everything you hear; Is it really the truth? Listen to the intent behind words, and you will understand the real message.
Writer Linda LaRoche book review on Conquistadora, don’t judge a book by it’s cover; by the way, this one is great but it doesn’t detract from the fact that my disappointment stands.