Chamomile Tea: Reflections on a Conversation with My Immigrant Mom

Relationships with immigrant parents are not always smooth sailing. Miscommunication, cultural differences, and generational conflicts may often mire a simple conversation, a shadow both veiling and highlighting the enormous chasm between immigrants and their offspring.

While I am reeling from my Filipina mother’s opposition to medication in this essay, I am simultaneously trying to build bridges of understanding with her through taking a breath, listening, and imagining life from her perspective.

Cloudcroft and Hiking the Mexican Canyon Trestle Trail

A village in the clouds – sounds romantic, no? Cloudcroft, an old English word meaning covered or shrouded in clouds, is a sleepy little town nestled in the high alpine region of the Sacramento Mountains. It played an important role in expanding the rail line during the early 1900s, and still remains a popular summer and winter getaway today.

In this post, I take a short look into Cloudcroft’s history and how the nearby Mexican Canyon Trestle Trail came to be.

A Tale of Two Pistachio Farms

Many people are familiar with Hatch Green Chiles, but did you know that the area around the Southern New Mexico town of Alamogordo is prime farmland for pistachios?

Of course, what would be a small town crop in the USA without a modest feud to go with it?