Monthly Archives: November 2011

Carao/Pink Shower Tree/Cassia grandis

Cassia grandis, one of several species called Pink Shower Tree, and known as Carao in Spanish, is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to the Neotropics. It is known worldwide to be an amazing natural anemia treatment. It … Continue reading

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Uruguay: Las Llamadas Carnival

The Uruguayan Carnival is the longest Carnival in the world with celebrations lasting an entire month, and is considered the annual national festival of the nation. While the Carnaval extends to the entire country with important events in several cities … Continue reading

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Happy Black Friday!

Have you ever wondered the origins of Black Friday? Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States is historically one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year. Many consider it the “official” beginning to the holiday … Continue reading

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Big Thanksgiving Hug!

glitter-graphics.com Just want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving (or similar holiday, if you celebrate) to all the readers of my blog! I do hope that you all enjoy getting together with family, friends as we remember the heritage of this … Continue reading

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Bon Voyage, Monarch Butterfly!

One legend states that the return of the Monarchs to Mexico at the same time as the Day of the Dead festival has prompted Mexican beliefs that the Monarchs are the returning souls and spirits of the deceased. The monarch … Continue reading

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Weekend Photo Walk

“A tree is a wonderful living organism which gives shelter, food, warmth and protection to all living things. It even gives shade to those who wield an axe to cut it down.” Buddha Over the weekend we went to the … Continue reading

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Algodon/Pima cotton/Gossypium barbadense

Cotton textile manufacturing is generally recognized as one of the oldest and most important industries in history. Historians trace it to the beginning of various civilizations – dating back at least 8000 years in Mexico and Peru and 5000 years … Continue reading

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Colorido/Bolivian rainbow/ Capiscum frutescens

(South American Heirloom, Early 1900’s) Ornamental peppers are spectacularly colored varieties of the Capsicum annuum family, which also contains the sweet and hot peppers used in cooking. They have finely shaped leaves and small chili pepper-shaped or ball-shaped fruits. The … Continue reading

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Wayuu: The Venezuelan Guajiros

Wayuu Indians are very numerous in northern Venezuela, and some communities live in Colombia as well. They are often called by their other name Guajiro, which is probably of Spanish origin. This name was given to the Wayuu tribe since … Continue reading

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Pepino dulce/Pepino melon/Solanum muricatum

The Pepino melon (Solanum muricatum) is native to the highlands of Peru and Chile, but is now also grown in other South and Central American countries, in California and in New Zealand. The plant is not found in the wild … Continue reading

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