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2015 Gelett Burgess Awards Announced

The 2015 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards have been announced. Please visit our website to view the titles selected for this year’s competition. Congratulations to all of the talented authors and illustrators who have made amazing contributions to children’s literature. … Continue reading

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Herbs and Spices, Galore!

There is much fun to be had in discovering new herbs and spices to play with in the kitchen. One of my favorite activities on a lazy Saturday afternoon is to head over the the Savory Spice Shop. I always … Continue reading

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The Hawaiian Naupaka Legend

(This legend tells the story about the two Hawaiian flowers, Mountain Naupaka, and Ocean Naupaka. The flowers are extremely similar in their half-shape, appearing as if each completes the other.) There once was a Hawaiian maiden who lived high on … Continue reading

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Behind-the-scenes look at The Cultured Chef

Creating The Cultured Chef was a very long process that not only involved thousands of hours in studio, but many hours researching each of the subjects represented in the book. The author and illustrator were able to visit many of … Continue reading

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Vodou: A Way of Life In Haiti

Brought to Haiti by slaves who arrived more than three hundred years ago, Vodou means “spirit” in several African languages. Believers recognize a distant creator named Bondye who is detached and unknowable and is represented by many spirits called Loa. … Continue reading

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Haitian Freedom Soup

For over one hundred years, the French controlled Haiti, taking advantage of the many natural resources and growing conditions the land had to offer. In order to farm massive amounts of sugar, coffee, cotton and indigo on their plantations, the … Continue reading

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Day of the Dead Hollywood Forever 2009

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Kumeyaay Native Population and Dia de los Muertos

I am currently preparing for a trip to San Jose de la Pazza in Baja for Dia de los Muertos. The people of this village belong to the Native Population, the Kumeyaay/Kumiai, whose tribe was separated when the border was … Continue reading

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Dia de los Muertos en Estados Unidos

My photo documentary work for the last 5 years has been centered around Semana Santa in Guatemala, and Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration dedicated to honoring those … Continue reading

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Misterios, La Casa de La Mente

My great friend, Fredy Perez Hernandez and I have initiated a project entitled Misterios, La Casa de La Mente. It is an oral history project documenting the lives of the ancianos, the elderly citizens of the village of San Juan … Continue reading

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