Laredo Lache el Tlacuache says… summer year round!


Woke up to a beautiful day in Laredo.  I love Laredo winters.  But it is February 2nd.  Not only is it Dia de la Candelaria (pass on the tamales for me, I am trying to ditch so many carbs), it is also Punxsutawney Phil‘s Day.  In Laredo though, we have Laredo Lache, the weather predicting Tlacuache.

According to one of the legends of the Cora people, “… nos presenta un mito cora en el que el tlacuache roba el fuego para entregarlo al resto del mundo.”  In other words, the Cora believed that the possum (tlacuache in Spanish) stole fire to give it to the rest of the world.  Yup, that’s what happened here.

The legend continues that in his efforts, he got all twisted up and they put him back together wrong which is why he looks all jacked but… back to fire.  Our Laredo Lache el Tlacuache is only putting on his shades today cuz shadow or now shadow, he knows it’s gonna be a scorcher.  Laredo’s summers have been known to sometimes be more than 100 days of above 100 degrees.  So celebrate the winter in shorts as you visit beautiful Laredo.  Loads going on as we begin the prep for the annual WBCA festivities.  Carry on Tlachuaches of the world.Lache el Tlacuache


Oh yes, I love tamales.  I love all kinds of tamales.  There is no better time to enjoy them than during the Fiestas Decembrinas (December holidays).  This is a really quick post with a really quick video about our families that get together to catch up on each others’ lives over the building of a mountain of tamales.  You can’t just eat one tamal, even when you try.Tamal Isaac
Even my baby nephew got in on the action except… his was more of a sculpture session. Because we are increasingly mobile and my family is spread out, we gather once a year and tamales are usually part of the celebration. This Christmas Eve 2015, we made tamales of chicken in red chile sauce and poblano pepper strips (rajas) with cheese. We also made Chopes which are sweet small tamales using the same masa (corn meal mix) but with fruit and nuts added. They are delicious! I should have thought ahead and videotaped a step-by-step but… too late; we were caught up in our creations. This was us during the process. Merry Christmas everyone (although I also pulled out my aluminum pole for Festivus, the delicate family balance…. hmmm…)!!

The December Tamal challenge… how many can you name?

Some of us with Latin American roots already started the annual season of tamales by having more than one tamal on Thanksgiving or made turkey tamales from leftovers… which got me thinking… Every year my Mexican belly gobbles up tamales de frijol (of beans), pollo en salsa verde (chicken in green sauce), puerco (pork), res (beef), chopes (sweet coconut & pineapple ones that my mom loved as a child and still makes for us), rajas de chile (poblano pepper slices), etc., etc. I’ve had them Northern Mexican style, Oaxacan Mexican style, Colombian style, Peruvian and so on.

So what if we decided to actually dedicate the whole month to trying out a new tamal flavor each day? As long as we don’t have to shell out the Williams-Sonoma price ($54 for 3 dozen), I would sooooo do it. Except, it is not on my paleo plan :P.

december tamal challenge

Oh, and by the way, tamal is one single corn dough like tube or square filled with yummy anything and wrapped in a corn husk or banana leaf or other natural wrap depending on the region. Tamales is the plural. Tamale is a word that seems to only exist in the U.S. which is gaining acceptance but is still not the singular of tamales.

So how many different styles and fillings of tamales can you name?

My new Siete Leguas horse might be at LIFE this year

Just in time for Christmas nativity scenes… just kidding. Animal abuse or neglect is not condoned but this announcement is interesting. Northern Mexico is known for its horse culture so I wonder how that plays out in Laredo, which is part of South Texas but with a Mexican heart.

Maybe instead of composing a new corrido for El Siete Leguas (Pancho Villa’s famous loyal horse), I should compose a corrido for the wild horses and burros of the L.I.F.E. Fair…

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Laredo Little Theatre, Chairs and Flamenco

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Saturday, August 22nd was a night of passion and tradition at the Laredo Little Theatre.  Illeana Gomez, a native Laredoan, was featured in an annual Flamenco show held at the Laredo Little Theatre.  I was curious when my friend invited me go because I was unfamiliar with the tremendous talent.  I had heard the name as part of a small group of recognized Flamenco dancers originating from our border community.  The opening piece, though, was a treat by local lovers of Flamenco – the Altagracia Azios Garcia Castanet Ensemble, composed of local women who play them for the love of musical art that castanets produce.

All I can say is that it was an extraordinary show – every step was punctuated by another “Bravo!”  Dance is not my forte but this show was awesome! A big congratulations to the talented Kayla Lyall, Manuel Gutierrez, Alejandro Pais Iriart, Carlos Menchaca, Jose Cortes and Laredo’s own Illeana Gomez.

That awesomeness was marred only by one little annoyance: the squeaky seats.

The Laredo Little Theater literally is a small-sized theater so no seat is a bad seat to watch whatever magic may be on stage.  Personally, I found the seats comfortable and the squeakiness was not too distracting but as part of the renovation, new seats will be installed.  What our eyes usually miss, though, is the wear and tear of the years of service the seats have provided.  The fun surprise were the gobs of gum accumulated under seats, on the carpet and even walls after seeing decades of theatre goers – gross but a fact of public seating.  The interior renovations will be a welcomed brightening to one of the few non-profits bringing quality plays and performances to Laredo audiences.  Sponsors ($250 Seat Patron) are still being sought for the new seats and an explanation of what will happen to the ones removed follow in the video:

Or you can connect with the Laredo Little Theater at, 956-723-1342,, or

Ukela – someone’s mad

I spotted this sign on Guadalupe Street and then thought “Duh, we’re all human. Pastors & priests make the same mistakes everyone else does.” but someone was angry or hurt enough to spend the time and make a sign & post this warning. I’m curious about the story behind this sign & since there is no author… my imagination runs wild. 

Oh, the translation, “Pastors and priests are false. Investigate.” Hmmmm… what’s the story, what’s the story… 

“Mad Like the Devil” movie features local everything!

My timing is really off.  I recently saw “Mad Like the Devil” at Gallery 201 in its 2nd Laredo screening.  August 14, 2015 is the 3rd screening, also taking place at Gallery 201, 513 San Bernardo Ave, Laredo, TX, at 7pm.  What you need to know:

11222837_10207514680723755_3823705816733874316_o1) Local talent WITH super talent!
2) Locally shot
3) Locally shown – thanks Gallery 201!!
4) Young people with real determination and get-go did it
5) It’s a Western
6) Lots of sweat, tears & thought went into it for about 2 years
7) Makes you wish you had their determination and imagination
8) It’s bloody, with profanity, and shockingly – does not contain strong Laredo accents & a few unusual ones are intentionally thrown in… hmm…
9) Unexpected twists
10) If you don’t go to this one, you definitely should go to the next or consider hosting and supporting local Laredo efforts


This will some day be my past life: Regressive Hypnosis in Laredo

11729003_10207179400544563_8526623332977743909_oThere is no denying that writers are curious.  I am no exception (except for maybe the writer part – ha!).  I want to know how things work, why they work, what makes something tick – I just want to know.  But I remain a severe skeptic to the annoyance of many of my closest friends.  “TERCA,” me dicen. So when the opportunity to try a session of regressive hypnosis with renown psychologist Ery Cervantes from San Luis Potosi, how could I say “no.”

Regressive healing hypnosis is meant to delve into past lives and address hurts or traumas to better your present life.  That’s a little tough when your life is just dandy and you don’t believe in past lives, future lives, just the one and only one I have right now.  I met with the local organizer to pay my fee but to also do some mini-exercises and short interview.  As usual, I am honest – bluntly honest.  He asked what I expected to get out of my session which is scheduled for Saturday and will be videotaped.  I start out with the usual “I am curious” and then the more serious, “I am a non-believer who lives in the now as a positive being and wants to do good and have been had the best of childhoods and no traumas or healing from anything and loves to watch people progress and be healthy and life is peachy despite challenges which have all been methodically overcome.” Yep, I respond in run-ons.

I waited to be told I wasn’t the right fit for this kind of session but no, he said I was perfect.  Hmmm… I said I expect to be convinced and come back with actual facts and dates and descriptions of places I have never been to.  And because of my love for research, I want to find match to tangible facts & dates & real places.

So tonight, I will attend the public presentation of Ms. Cervantes and other topics that focus on past lives.  Do I believe? No. But many religions believe in reincarnation or soul entities or karma, so I am attempting to go with an open mind.  At the very least, I can say I did it and met some very nice people along the way.

The event for August 13, 2015 is open to the public & is in Spanish but individual hypnosis sessions are by appointment only. Unfortunately, I think she has been booked for some time.  Interesting, interesting.

Piñon’s New Book & Visit 

The author of “Patron Democracy” visits Laredo August 12, 2015. For some of you, this will be a short notice but if you are a regular reader, know that you can still catch Fernando Piñon at 6:00pm at the Laredo Public Library’s multipurpose room.  He will be speaking about his latest book, “Searching for America in the Streets of Laredo: the Mexican American Experience in the Anglo American Narrative.”