Delivering Good News

The title of this new post sounds suspiciously religious, but it’s not! I’m offering a roundup of some good, positive things that have been going on in the Spanish-speaking world. In the summertime and other vacation days, I spend a lot more time listening to news on the radio or perusing news stories online. As weContinue reading “Delivering Good News”

Bullfights. Love ’em? Hate ’em?

Bullfights. Love them? Hate them? Not sure? Well, there are lots of opinions swirling around about bullfighting these days. Here are some highlights in the news…and my opinion further down. Patricia McCormick, the first woman bullfighter from North America, passed away in 2013: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/04/14/us/patricia-mccormick-bullfighter-who-defied-gender-roles-dies-at-83.html?ref=bullfighting The Spanish senate just passed a law recognizing bullfighting as aContinue reading “Bullfights. Love ’em? Hate ’em?”

Homes to inspire

I just finished redecorating my bedroom. Along the way I encountered some beautiful design ideas from firms and individuals located in Spain and Latin America. In more rural areas of places like Costa Rica, nature is gorgeously incorporated in spaces like Casa Kike. This light-filled apartment in Bogotá, Colombia is a lovely oasis from theContinue reading “Homes to inspire”

Surrealism and Remedios Varo

I’m currently reading “Remedios Varo: Unexpected Journeys” by Janet A. Kaplan, professor of art history and executive director of Art Journal. Few books have been written about Remedios Varo, and Kaplan’s work, published in 1988, is a thorough journey into the artist’s life and gorgeous, captivating artwork. I first learned of Remedios Varo as an undergraduateContinue reading “Surrealism and Remedios Varo”

Ode to Perfumería Gal

Okay, time for a confession. I’m addicted to chapstick. Lip gloss, vaseline, lip smoother – call it what you will, I am addicted. It’s been this way since I was a young girl and my mom, for example during a windy day on the ski slopes, would whip out her Chapstick brand lip gloss andContinue reading “Ode to Perfumería Gal”

New and Noteworthy Films

Tonight I’m off to celebrate Opening Night of the San Francisco International Film Festival.  I’m super excited to start the evening off with the a screening of What Maisie Knew.  There are, as usual, some intriguing films from Spain and Latin America that I want to check out in the coming weeks: Mexico: After Lucia (DespuésContinue reading “New and Noteworthy Films”