Establishment of “Latino Cultural District” SF California

Recently San Francisco’s Mission District was named a “Latino Cultural District” based on the Latino/a melting pot that has historically welcomed people from diverse countries. A SHORT HISTORY Immigration to the Mission District began during the 19th century Gold Rush. The end of the Mexican-American War and Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo forced Mexican residents to leave, and spurred entry of…

Lucy’s Appeal

Seeing Lucille Ball show off her acting, dancing, and singing talents makes “The Diet” one of my favorite episodes. She radiates confidence in her sassy performance. Most of the episode focuses on Lucy’s weight concerns, and her efforts to lose 12 pounds in 4 days. I’m glad the show represents her efforts to exercise and…

Salvadorean Pride: Understanding Symbolism

2014 will be the 193rd celebration of independence for Salvadorean and several Central American countries including Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and  Costa Rica. On September 15, 1821 these countries collectively proclaimed independence from Spain. Although El Salvador has not fully recovered from the devastating Civil War of the 1980s, it is important to consider El Salvador’s…

Like a Dream: Urban Lighting

Clothing is one way we distinguish ourselves from others, especially in dense settings like Los Angeles where it is easy to blend in. Chris Burden’s “Urban Lights” exhibit at LACMA stands out with a dense array of 1920s LA lamp posts. The proximity of the lamp posts alludes to the density of LA. As I…

Embracing Local Cultures of Dress- Small Exhibit

Local production of clothes has been integral to several cultures throughout time. This exhibit focused on comparing Navajo traditional, local cultures of dress and textiles, with the American Fibershed project that is creating “local” cultures of dress as part of the larger sustainable fashion movement. The Fibershed project in Northern California was established in 2011 by…

Commemorating Celia Cruz

Yesterday Google featured Afro-Cuban  “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz to commemorate her birthday. I was happy to see the glimmering representation of Celia Cruz on google as a happy, creative figure. The image strongly parallels a blue dress she wore to the 3rd Annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in 2002. Celia Cruz is…

Worth of Wool

Visiting the Fingerlakes Woolen Mill was great, especially since I’ve had some contact with people who process their fleeces here. I learned about the steps involved in turning a fleece into yarn from washing to spinning steps. It was very interesting to see the large scale equipment. I was surprised that it takes about 2 weeks…

Women’s Capabilities in “I Love Lucy”

Although “I Love Lucy” was about 40 years old when I began to watch it, I still love it and treasure each moment that I am able to watch a re-run in Los Angeles. My home is just a few blocks away from studios that housed “I Love Lucy” as part of Desilu Productions. Living…

Past, Present, and Future: Salvadorean Textiles and Clothing

The claim that there are no indigenous people in El Salvador led to wonder about what makes someone “indigenous.” Census information conveys that Lenca and Nahua (Pipil) indigenous people make up about 10% of the population in El Salvador. It is assumed that the indigenous population is much larger, but underreported based on the narrow…

nature: appreciation & excitement!

The complexity of nature is compelling. Trees themselves provide rich services to our ecosystem and contribute to our livelihoods by providing oxygen. Trees also carry their own personal histories that are shaped by their specific geographic location. They each encounter distinct experiences and no tree is alike. Similar to the notion that all people are…

Grazing Across Lands and Among Species!

I am in great anticipation for the Ithaca Spring and Summer. The Fall was so beautiful and my first Winter in the east coast was not as bad as I expected. I was very excited to see a pair of Canadian geese grazing this afternoon. I was so excited, it reminded me of a visit…