La Petenera

Last year I heard “La Petenera” for the first time. La Petenera is a song with its origins in Spain; it is sung in the flamenco style. There are actually many Peteneras, and they make up a specific category of flamenco song with a “palo” of a strong twelve-beat meter. The ever-popular “Sevillanas” are inContinue reading “La Petenera”

Reading: Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto

Last week I began a new novel: Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto (Shoot Me, I’m Already Dead) by Spanish author and journalist Julia Navarro. This is an ambitious novel that follows the story of two families – the Zuckers and the Ziads – whose lives become intertwined when Samuel Zucker, fleeing the persecution of JewsContinue reading “Reading: Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto”

Ferdinand

A confession: For years when I taught Spanish I would read El cuento de Ferdinando aloud to my students. For some reason I always thought the original was written by a Spanish author and only recently discovered that Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson are not the translators but the original American authors of this famous children’s book.Continue reading “Ferdinand”

El faro de las orcas

It seems I’ve been on a bit of a Patagonia tangent lately, if this post and my last post are any indication! I saw a great movie this month called “El faro de las orcas,” or “The Lighthouse of the Orcas.” This is a beautiful film that captures life at the edge of the worldContinue reading “El faro de las orcas”

Una noche flamenca

This weekend we had the pleasure of seeing David Jenkins (“El Oso”) play flamenco guitar at 215 Main in Point Arena. Not only was it a treat to have a “big” night out here in our new rural setting, but to hear David’s playing was very special. David lived in Spain and studied flamenco guitarContinue reading “Una noche flamenca”

The Time In Between

  This month I began reading The Time In Between by Spanish writer and professor María Dueñas. It’s a fascinating book that my mom passed along to me, and tells a woman’s story of growth and adventures while living in Morocco during the Spanish Civil War. You can read a thorough description on Goodreads.com. My colleague alsoContinue reading “The Time In Between”