My turn: Blessed to still have grandma

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When I saw Grandma Chaya in May, she squeezed my arms and said, “Que gorda!” Translation: “What fat!” She then asked my name. I looked at her strangely and replied, “Helena!” “What a beautiful name,” she replied. “My mother’s name was Helena, too.” Grandma then asked where I was from. “Portales!” I replied. “Oh,” she […]

My turn: ‘Soda water’ reminds me of grandfather

I remember on summer evenings when we were visiting my grandparents in Lubbock and Grandma Chaya would make a pitcher of cherry Kool-Aid to wash down her savory meat fried with “calabaza” or summer squash. Grandma Chaya added slices of lemon, orange and lime to the Kool-Aid. It was good. After dinner, though, Grandpa Chico […]

Time is of the essence to learn Spanish

By Helena Rodriguez; PNT columnist I guess I was destined to learn to speak Spanish late in life like many gringos. I read last week that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three other guys who want his job have been busy learning to roll their Rs so they can hablar en español. According […]