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On sewing, nostalgia and the challenges of the day

Way back in a recess of my mind I am sitting in the backyard on East 19th Street in Brooklyn and...

New (to me) feria report, and the continued joy that living in Chile brings me)

In talking about the civil unrest, this fríend of a friend asked me what it would take for me to...

Not just curtains (leaving centro/social upheaval and more)

Curtains! Not a scintillating topic. Except why do I need curtains? And why have I spent fifteen...

Don’t forget to turn your cats off, a linguistic lesson from Chile

I thought I knew about cats. Yes, cats. After 15 years in Chile, surely I know enough not to look...

8M, the International Womens’ Day March in Santiago, Chile (a commemoration, not a celebration)

"Casi me emociono" said a woman standing next to me as I used the back of my hands to dry my own...

On sewing, nostalgia and the challenges of the day

Way back in a recess of my mind I am sitting in the backyard on East 19th Street in Brooklyn and it is early summer. My grandmother is sitting in one of those woven beach chairs with the light aluminum frame, like the one she uses when she sits out in front of her...

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Not just curtains (leaving centro/social upheaval and more)

Curtains! Not a scintillating topic. Except why do I need curtains? And why have I spent fifteen minutes out of the last several days trying to get them back from the place I left them, and why do I leave empty handed, the smell of burnt coffee in my nostrils, as I...

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December Newly-Returned-to-Santiago Feria Kvell/Report

There is this piece of Smith family lore, by which I usually mean to introduce something false, which I will later disprove or reframe, except in this case it's true. It tells of a time when I, fresh from a brutally cold winter in Santiago, landed in my mother's...

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I might officially be Chilean

Something really big has happened. After fourteen years in Chile, something enormous has taken place. I have not purchased a home, gotten married, had or adopted children. I have not applied for my Chilean passport, adopted (or had) a cat, nor have I decided to leave,...

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