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Sweet Mexican Education

Published on Glimpse. “Dulce, dulce, dulce, dulce,” sings my two-year-old son as I stroller him over cobblestones. Yes, “candy” is one of the first Spanish words he has learned since moving to Mexico. It turns out that Morelia, this highland city of rain-pocked stone, is to dulces and children what Jalisco …

Adopting Guatemalan

PUBLISHED IN GUERNICA. Each Sunday the avenue that wends its way between the two whitewashed churches of Chichicastenango, Guatemala, becomes a maze of pole-and-plastic-tarp shops hung with brilliant tapestries, embroidered blouses, kaleidoscopic quilts. Within the haze of palo santo smoke, which wafts out of the larger of the two churches, are …