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Sharing a Story on Rare Disease Day

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Note from Ana: I was recently made aware through a friend that February 29 is Rare Disease Day. This friend has a child with Pulmonary Hypertension, considered a rare disease and one for which there are no therapies available for children yet. I invited her to share with us her family´s story with this rare disease.  Our son, Lucas Miles Van Wormer, was only four years old when he was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension in November 2006.  PH isRead More ...

My Childhood Spanish Intervention

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Growing up, I had always been proud of my Mexican heritage. I spoke Spanish at home, and I based many of my school projects on Mexican history and folklore. That all changed in fourth grade… when we studied the Mexican-American war. I proudly exclaimed that I was Mexican, and Brian Wedemeyer and the rest of the boys in my class began to tease me. In the 1980s, Leesburg, Virginia did not boast a lot of diversity, and in that moment,Read More ...

Tortellini In Chipotle Sherry Sauce {Recipe}

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Tortellini in Chipotle Sherry Sauce Pasta is the comfort food of choice in our house, very easy to cook, very affordable, and very versatile, plus my kids love it. For this recipe I use Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine which gives it a pinch of sweetness, and the chipotle peppers give it some latin-spice. Ingredients for Tortellini in Chipotle Sherry Sauce Serves 4 1 bag (12 oz) of dry cheese filled tortellini 1 T olive oil 2 garlic cloves minced 2Read More ...

Celebrating Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

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I grew up in Canada and I always enjoyed celebrating Halloween. I have fond memories of dressing up in costumes, carving pumpkins, and trick-or-treating. When I chose Mexico as my country over a decade ago, my associations with this time of year underwent a radical shift. I fell in love with Day of the Dead, and it’s a tradition I’ve embraced wholeheartedly, and I enjoy sharing it with my children very much. Halloween is a fun holiday, but Day ofRead More ...

Day of the Dead Craft: Popsicle Sticks Calaveras

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Popsicle Sticks Calaveras are an easy activity to do with kids all ages. Calaveras are not used to scare or cause harm in fact Calaveras are a symbol of the dead coming to interact in a nice way with the living. Let’s get started in making your own Popsicle stick Calavera! Here’s what you’ll need: –Adhesive-Glue, Tap or Glue Dots –Paint -White –Tissue paper –Accessories- Gems for decor and Wiggly Eyes –Skeleton Head-You will need this template and some paperRead More ...

What Being Latina Means to Me

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Trying to define what it means to me to be Hispanic or Latina is a question I have asked myself all my life and in a few paragraphs I will try to come to a satisfying answer. It’s important to understand that, although I was born in the United States, the fact that I was raised in Mexico makes me a Mexican. However, the fact that I went to college in the U.S., that I have voted in the lastRead More ...

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