Where is everybody?

The somber change in the vibe of the neighborhood was palpable right after the election, it has now evolved into a state of resignation as people attempt to continue living their lives. Stories of raids, detentions, and the hardship that children and spouses are suffering when the bread winner is deported have shifted from shocking to normalized.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month

The cultural and linguistic diversity among the 21 official Spanish-speaking countries is great. Each country has their own unique cultures, accents, and expressions. Learning the different meanings of words and “¿Cómo se dice . . .? / How do you say . . .?” in different regions gives insight into the culture. Matador Network is a great resourceContinue reading “Happy Hispanic Heritage Month”

Why was I so affected by Sandra Bland’s arrest and death?

(Editor’s note: I originally wrote this in July. I was leery about posting a controversial piece. I decided it’s too important.) I don’t know why the video footage of Sandra Bland’s arrest has me so shaken-up? I can relate to the stress and annoyance Sandra felt that day. I hear it in her voice. She wasContinue reading “Why was I so affected by Sandra Bland’s arrest and death?”

Global Commerce: It’s tricky business!

When conducting business or hosting social events with people from various cultures it is important to learn the “do’s & don’ts”.  Each culture is unique; what is required in one setting may be offensive in another. This is a quick at-a-glance infographic reference to nine different countries created by a company named Zendesk that we found at Entrepreneur.com.  LookingContinue reading “Global Commerce: It’s tricky business!”

Spanish? Hispanic? Latino? Ay, Dios Mío!

When working with people from a Spanish-speaking background it is important to understand that they are a diverse people. It can be offensive to assume someone’s ethnicity. Asking someone if they are “Spanish” or if they speak “Mexican” is more common than you imagine and extremely insensitive. Spanish = nationality referring only to people who are from Spain,Continue reading “Spanish? Hispanic? Latino? Ay, Dios Mío!”