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Breastfeeding a 3-year-old?

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TIME magazine has really done it now. It has shocked the world with a photo of a woman breastfeeding her three-year-old son. The internet is in an uproar over the photo, which will be on the cover of the May 21st issue of Time Magazine. People already feel uncomfortable when they see a woman breastfeeding Read More

Story Behind the Anthem: Colombia

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Story Behind the Anthem The National Anthem of the Republic of Colombia, or as it is sometimes called “O gloria inmarcesible” (Oh Unfading Glory!), was written by Rafael Núñez, a former president of Colombia who served four terms. He wrote the lyrics as a poem to honor the independence of Cartagena. An actor from Bogotá, Read More

Preschool benefits English language learners

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Linguistically isolated. That’s what some very young Latino children are being called, because it’s true. If you lived in a Spanish-speaking home, watched Spanish-speaking television channels all day and ran errands with your mom in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood, you’d be linguistically-isolated too. As wonderful as the Spanish language is, our children still need to speak, Read More

Book of the Month: exploring family curses

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Join us as we explore the work of Latino authors together, both old and new! If you missed last month’s book, no need to worry. The Book of the Month for May is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by author Junot Diaz, who was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. His book The Read More

Celebrate Stroke Month with the Power of Laughter

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May is Stroke Month, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association invites you to invoke the Power of Laughter during Stroke Month.  Power of Laughter is a one-night comedy show taking place at Carolines, a comedy nightclub on Broadway.  It’s one of the hundreds of Power to End Stroke initiatives happening nationwide this month. The Read More

Story Behind the Anthem: Chile

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Chile’s original national anthem was ten verses long, and was written by Bernardo de Vera y Pintado in 1819.  Its music was composed by Manuel Robles.  This anthem was played for the first time on August 20th, 1820 at the Domingo Arteaga theatre.  However, the Chilean minister in London, Mariano Egaña, was receiving criticism in Read More

BL Poets: Rufino’s Secret

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Rufino’s Secret By: Rick Kearns In the legends of 17th century Puerto Rico there is a story of a brave Indian who fought sharks his name was Rufino As he dives in the water long knife strapped to his wrist he hears the shouts of the Spanish noblemen calling out Rufino! Rufino! supporting him they Read More

Understanding The Maria Paradox

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Book Review The Maria Paradox by Rosa Maria Gil, D.S.W., and Carmen Inoa Vazquez, Ph.D. As Latinas, many of us have felt the tug-of-war between nuestra cultura and American culture. At times, we feel the need to be more assertive, more independent, but we may not want to completely discard the Latino traditions we’ve grown Read More

Story Behind the Anthem: Brazil

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Story Behind the Anthem The history of Brazil’s national anthem is complex.  Before 1831, an anthem celebrating Brazil’s independence had already been created by the first Brazilian emperor, Pedro I. On April 7,1831, Pedro I renounced the throne and left his son, Pedro II, as the five-year-old new emperor. After Pedro I renounced, his anthem Read More

Bad Mama Drama: Piercing your baby’s ears

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How old were you when your ears were pierced? I stress the were pierced part because most of us weren’t involved in, or even aware of, the decision to pierce our ears. But, I’m okay with that. I didn’t grow up angry at my parents for mutilating my perfect little ear lobes and forcing their Read More