Surf’s Up

How can you be on the same wave (ola) with someone, before you even knew that they were there? Ah, but they were there, owning you, before you even knew the cost. #flower#talk#bilingual#muchasgracias Visita por favor Inspiration can be anything. But you have to write it. I like to cite because a citation makes the…

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Easter Eggs

So, I’ve been looking at my writing (who doesn’t read their own stuff?) and finding that I’ve got some puns and/or plays on words that I didn’t notice upon first draft, or even final edit, which never catches all of my errors (but who can pay an editor that knows their grammar well?). I’m not…

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Trying to Hear the Tulips

This is an example post for the first challenge to flower talk. See rules here. Genre style is this: narrative (include your genre if you wish). I also hope to offer an introduction of some kind as well. Quiero platicar con los tulipanes (dígame si tulipanes no es la palabra correcta). Pero están durmiendo en…

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A Challenge to Flower Talk

Everyone has heard, at least once, that talking to your flowers or plants can help them grow. I believe this to be true. Once, I was asked if speaking to the flowers in Spanish versus English makes a difference. I don’t have any idea, so I try to speak to them in both, or a…

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Discussing My Schedule With Thyme

No voy a discutir más, amigo. No puedo pasar todo mi tiempo contigo. I’m not going to argue, friend. I can’t spend all of my time with you. Oh, thyme is a must-have herb for the budding gardener or thoughtful cook. You can use it fresh or cut it and dry it. I like to…

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A Conversation With Impatiens

I love impatiens. They are annuals, though I’ve had them pop back up the following year. For a super easy flower that gives a lot of color, buy a flat of mixed impatiens – red, pink, white, coral (rojo, rosado, blanco, coral), and plant them however you like (it is too late to plant annuals…

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Interview With A Potato

Yo potato, what are you doing? ¿Qué pasa papa, qué estás haciendo? Apparently, this potato (sweet potato I think) found suitable conditions under this board, both of them left and forgotten in a raised garden box near my back door, and began to sprout some leaves. I’m not a fan of his flavor, so will…

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Sweet-Talkin’ Sergio’s Rose

When my son was born, in August of 2016, my mother bought me one of those miniature roses that they sell in the grocery store. It was orange (naranja). She has suffered from black spot disease this year (you can see some spots on the leaf in the bottom left). My flower garden does not…

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Welcome to Watermelon Forest

Last year, we planted watermelon (a personal variety) in the raised beds. We bent a hoop over their area and tried to grow them up the hoop. It didn’t really work, but it wasn’t a total failure. The watermelon (la sandía, if you’re interested to know) never reached ripeness: each one revealed a pale green…

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How I Promote Bilingual Literacy at Home

When I was in college in Minnesota, about five to seven years ago, I majored in Spanish Education with a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language. During my last semester, in 2015, I fell in love with my now husband and left the state. I was passionate about my studies and loved what…

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Lemonade Without the Plastic, Please

I love you, Simply Limeade, but I don’t know what to do with the plastic bottles that contain your citric concoction. I have used the bottles as watering cans, but inevitably I throw them away because they’re not the most visually appealing garden accessory. This irks me, because I am concerned with stretching the lifespan…

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Make Your Own Damn Salad Bar

I love making salad. I’m a white person, so I like the plain stuff (my husband mexícano always looks at it like, “But what did you cook?”). Rather than discuss the fine culinary skills of my ancestors, I’d like to just say this about something I’ve made a lot. You can make your own salad…

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