Snow in the Desert?

My son took this wonderful picture from our back deck last year. Santa Fe (NM) meaning holy faith, was founded as a Spanish colony in 1610. Located in what is called high desert at an elevation for over 7,000 feet, the terrain is quite different from the low desert terrain of El Paso (TX) where I was born and spent many years. Deserts: one of my sources of inspiration.
Snow in the Desert

Los abuelos: A Unique Winter Tradition

“Los abuelos” meant “the grandfathers” to me until I began reading references to the unique winter tradition of “los abuelos,” popular in New Mexican villages in the past. Sooty mountain men appeared with frightening masks to check on the behavior of children. Since I’m easily frightened, I chose to write a gentle version of how I imagine a spunky little girl responding to a visit by “los abuelos.” Enjoy!


Activities for Abuelos.


A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas

One of the pleasures of being a Latina born in the United States is that I grew up with Mexican holiday traditions as well as singing the Christmas carols popular in the United States. Some years back I began to wonder: what if I took the popular English carol and used images and ideas from Latino culture? I hope you enjoy singing this new version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”


Activities for A Piñata in a Pine Tree
A Pinata in a Pine Tree

The Gift of the Poinsettia/El regalo de la flor de nochebuena

Perhaps because I grew up in El Paso on the U.S. Mexican border, I have always been interested in cultural traditions. This bilingual book set in Mexico describes las posadas, a Mexican, Catholic Christmas tradition. We also see how a gift need not be expensive to be special.


Activities for The Gift of the Poinsettia/El regalo de la flor de nochebuena.

Gift of the Poinsettia/ El Regalo de la Flor de Nochebuena

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: December 12

Our Lady is a symbol of Mexican independence and pride, and people from diverse backgrounds are drawn to this image and story that are so central to the history and culture of Mexico and Mexican-Americans. I hope you’ll enjoy sharing this story with your family in English, Spanish or both!

The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish edition, La hermosa Señora: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.)


Activities for The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe  La hermosa Señora: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Gracias~Thanks: So Many Things To Be Thankful For

Gracias/ThanksI’m not sure when I began to think about a book on gratitude. I began with this idea about a boy being grateful for the little things in his day: a ladybug, his abuelita, his little brother. What are you thankful for? I hope your family and friends enjoy chatting about the large and small pleasures in your lives. Keep growing the circle of giving thanks.


Activities for Gracias~Thanks.