Mariíta

Note: The accent mark on the second “i” separates the two short sounding vowels and is pronounced Mari-ita. Mariíta was a small, frail, and very poor woman who lived in Medellin, Colombia. Even her name, the diminutive form for the Spanish name Maria, described her smallness. My paternal grandmother had taken Mariíta, her neighbor, under her wing. She would bring her food and keep her … Continue reading Mariíta

The Story of the Funeral Home, Coca-Cola, and the Buñuelo

When I look back at my life I have to laugh at some of my quirky memories. One in particular comes to mind. As a child, my parents would send me to Medellin, Colombia every summer to spend it with my relatives. One of the things I would do often during my visits was to spend time at my grandfather’s business. There is where the quirkiness … Continue reading The Story of the Funeral Home, Coca-Cola, and the Buñuelo

Series on Multiculturalism, Diversity, and Cross-Cultural Relationships

Part II The Importance of Exposure to Multiculturalism and Diversity This is the second of my three-part series on multiculturalism, diversity, and cross-cultural relationships. In my first article: https://thelabyrinthguide.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/series-on-multiculturalism-cross-cultural-relationships-and-diversity/, I shared with my readers how and when I became impassioned with this topic. In this follow-up posting, I elaborate on the importance of exposure to multiculturalism and diversity. My definition of diversity includes people with all … Continue reading Series on Multiculturalism, Diversity, and Cross-Cultural Relationships

Series on Multiculturalism, Cross-Cultural Relationships, and Diversity

Part I: My Passion for All Things International This is the first of a series of three articles on the topic of multiculturalism, cross-cultural relationships, and diversity. In this first posting I share with my readers how and when my interest in this area developed, creating a backdrop for the second article. In the follow-up article I communicate why I feel it is so important and critical to be … Continue reading Series on Multiculturalism, Cross-Cultural Relationships, and Diversity

Frisoles Colombianos con Arroz, Chorizo, y Aguacate

Easy Colombian Beans with Rice, Chorizo, and Avocado Serves 4 How about impressing your friends with a delicious and easy to make Colombian dinner. Frisoles or fríjoles are a very typical meal in the state of Antioquia where my city Medellin is located. Frisoles is the food of the mountains, the food of the people, and the food of comfort. If you find yourself in … Continue reading Frisoles Colombianos con Arroz, Chorizo, y Aguacate