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Día de Muertos Trip to Mexico City

night-time-vigil-at-the-graveyards05In most cultures, we fear death. Death conjures images of being cold, forgotten and alone. In Mexico, however, they have the most rich, colourful and vibrant way of dealing with death. The Mexican people are all about celebrating life in death. Día de Muertos is a holiday that encourages gathering together with family and friends to pray for and remember those who have passed. In October and November of 2009, I decided to visit Mexico City to experience this remarkable holiday for myself. My now-husband was still living in Mexico at the time, and became my host, interpreter and guide for the duration of my visit. Continue reading “Día de Muertos Trip to Mexico City”

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NO REGRETS (Death Can Kiss My Ass)

dia_de_los_muertos-bannersIn the autumn of 2009, I took a trip to Mexico to celebrate Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead.) It was about three years before my breast cancer diagnosis. I will never know if I already had cancer at that time. I was drawn to the holiday because of my obsession with the macabre. I wasn’t afraid of death before my diagnosis, and I’m not afraid of death now. There is one major difference, though. Continue reading “NO REGRETS (Death Can Kiss My Ass)”

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How to make Mexican Burrito Lasagna

This is a very easy recipe that I created for my family. My husband is from Mexico and he loves spicy foods. Me? Not so much, but I try to find a happy medium. Burritos are delicious, but any true Mexican will tell you that they aren’t a Mexican original. Invented in 1910 by an entrepreneurial businessman, burritos are the white man’s Mexican food. Juan Mendez prepared the burritos and took them across the Rio Bravo to United States during the Mexican Revolution. The Yanks across the river couldn’t get enough!

Delicious? Yes, but not traditional Mexican fare. Nonetheless, my family knows yummy when they see it, ergo: my creation! Without further ado, Mexican Burrito Lasagna!

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So, I Married a Mexican

“Más o menos”, one can divide the world into two fairly distinct cultural groupings based on communication style, behaviour and perspectives. We can call these groups “hot” and “cold.”

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Canada, of course, belongs in the cold group along with the Northern part of the United States, Northern Europe and all of its other settlements: Australia, New Zealand, Southern Brazil, White / European South Africa and European Argentina. These areas have a few things in common culturally. For example, in the “cold” countries, we value individuality and independent thinking rather than group consensus.

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