Beautiful Morning at the Twig!

On Saturday, May 4th, I set up a table at the Twig Bookshop in the Pearl District of one of my favorite cities: San Antonio, the Alamo City. Sprinkles of rain fell intermittently, but the awning protected all.  This was Farmer’s Market morning, a weekly event that transforms the entire Pearl area (former home of…

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Assassins That Span the Ages: Bacteria and Viruses

(A virus takes up residence in a healthy cell. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.) Imagine that you are a settler in San Antonio of the 1800’s. You and your family have just constructed a jacál, a hut, as your new residence, much like those constructed by María Andrea Castañon and her family. The jacál, with…

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Jacales in Mexico and South Texas

Jacal, pronounced [ha kol], is a word adapted from Nahatl, language of the ancient Aztecs who ruled Mexico between the 14th and 16th centuries before being conquered by the Spanish. In Nahuatl, the word is “xacalli,” with xah- meaning “adobe” and -calli meaning “house.”  Most jacales were literally huts of various sizes and construction. Jacales…

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Señora Candelaria’s Dog—An Ancient, Loving Breed

[SHOW LO EETZ CUINT LEE], this ancient breed of Mexican Hairless dog is highly intelligent, calm, loyal, and loving. Señora Candelaria actually owned this type of dog. Its name is derived from the Nahuatl language. Somewhere a picture of Señora holding this sweet dog on her lap surfaces from time to time. In Footfalls to…

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