Nurture, Savor, Collaborate and Prioritize

In the Coming Year, Let’s…

flowersNurture our creative selves.

Cherish family and friends, laughing with them often.

Savor and share the earth’s beauty, the wealth of diverse cultures and languages, the wonder of art, and bookjoy.

Participate in growing a nation of readers since literacy is essential in a democracy.

Affirm the importance of meaningful, life-long education for all that enriches our lives and society, learning-communities of equals committed to reflection and responsible action.

Lead boldly advocating that equality always be linked to group inclusivity, the transformative power of our humanity.

Collaborate creatively with those who share our goals and values, rejecting negativity and cynicism, inspired and sustained by optimism, celebrating our successes.

Love our work, welcoming ideas, insights and strategies that deepen our full selves.

Prioritize regularly to invest our unique energy wisely.

Heed the wise who awaken our sluggish selves.

Practice gratitude, hope and faith daily.

Strive to be healthy in spirit, mind and body.

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In the coming year, let's...


…my daughter Libby’s new web site.

Libby’s talents include being a writer, lawyer and gardener.
We have published two books together:

Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez    I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez

For the last three years, Libby and her husband Roger, a Colorado history professor, have been living in Madrid (Spain). Libby and I are working on a new book with that setting.

Enjoy this new site that Libby herself created.

Hurry home, Libby!

Libby Martinez website

The Feast of the Epiphany, January 6

More widely celebrated in Latin America than in the United States, the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings’ Day or Los Tres Reyes, marks the the arrival of the Magi symbolizing that the Christ Child was revealed to the world. The tradition of making (or buying) a Three Kings’ Wreath or rosca de reyes inspired my book, The Bakery Lady: La señora de la panadería. I wrote it to show a close Mexican-American family celebrating this tradition by baking together. I am blessed to have known such closeness in my own life.

As a writer, I love the word epiphany from the Greek meaning a manifestation or striking insight. Wishing you epiphanies in the new year.

The Bakery Lady/La señora de la panadería

Special Spaces

House of Houses“We shape our dwellings and afterwards our dwellings shape us.” (Churchill) I used this quote to open the last chapter, December, of my family memoir House of Houses. Has it really been twenty years since this book was published? Writing it, when my husband Vern and I first began to spend time in Santa Fe, was the opportunity to spend time listening, listening literally and in my imagination to some of my favorite voices–my family–and to return to the spaces where I grew up. How were you shaped by the dwellings where you spent your early years?

For a new project, I’m returning to my early spaces. May you discover good memories and instructive memories in quiet moments as 2017 ends, and you also begin new projects that energize you.


House of Houses cover    House of Houses    House of Houses

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