How My Bilingual Daughter Helped Her Kindergarten Classmate

Something pretty amazing has been happening the last couple of days with Vanessa in her Kindergarten class. When I informed her teacher that Vanessa is bilingual, she told me there were two kids in her classroom who also spoke Spanish, but are not bilingual yet and so they are attending ESL classes. I wanted to ask who they were and if I could meet their parents, but I figured I'd just let that happen kind of organically figuring there'd be plenty of opportunities for this. ...more
¡Que linda historia paisana! Soy peruana y mis hijos son también Tri-lingues vivimos en Rep. ...more

Asheville’s Cúrate ~ The Pupil Becomes The Master

Some people wonder aimlessly through life, responding to whatever trial or happiness drifts their way. Others look at the world as a giant classroom; finding the lesson in each stage of life, seeking to learn and grow from every new experience, continuously acting rather than reacting. I would say Katie Button is the latter, a student of life and all it offers....more

How to Buy Your Mushrooms and Eat Them Too: Portobello Rafts with Spanish Quinoa

If you’ve ever run into us at the grocery story, I don’t blame you for thinking that my little J loves mushrooms. It would be a totally acceptable belief given the evidence: J sitting in the cart with a blue styro package of pre-washed sliced mushrooms on his lap as he happily chows down on slice after slice of tasteless white shroom....more

Paella, Because I'm Just Mad About Saffron!

 I remember the first time I had Paella it was on a school trip to New York, so long ago that it is just a faded memory.  Spanish class had taken a field trip and lunch was at a Spanish restaurant where we sampled Paella.  Through the years I had Paella when ever I found it on a menu, but it wasn't until a trip to Nice that I really learned to appreciate the dish. ...more


Dana stood at the kitchen sink and looked out the window at the sunlight brightening some leaves.  At the shadows darkening others.  A yellow leaf fluttered to the ground.              Fall.  I love it, and I hate it.              As she waited for the coffee to brew, she opened the cabinet over the toaster oven and looked up at the white every day dishes.  No.  Not today.  Today I'll use china.  As she...more

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It's been an emotional roller coaster, for sure! Stay tuned. I've got 3 more posts ...more

Fighting for education, fighting for what's right...

I learned today that the difference between a politician and an elected official. The politician will do what he thinks people want him to do. An elected official will do what’s right based on all of the information available to her. My husband and I decided just over a year ago to step out on a limb, take a leap of faith, and signed our 5 year old son up for a brand new Spanish Immersion program in our public school district. It started with an informational meeting and moved on to me doing research because that is what I always do when presented with a choice....more