Diana Delacruz

Return to Patagonia

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Today, we return to Patagonia. We’re still on the road from the Balmaceda airport to Puerto Chacabuco, the main port for Chile’s Region of Aysén. Day 1, continued. We’ve just crossed a river named for Frigate Captain Enrique Simpson Baeza, a British-Chilean naval officer and explorer who mapped the archipelagoes and fiords of Aysén aboard …

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Mexican Fiesta

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I’m pressing pause on our Patagonian journey again today, to detour not only north to Mexico, but all the way to my Father’s House for a Mexican fiesta. My 97-year-old friend and mentor, “Aunt” Helen, suffered a severe stroke on Christmas morning, sank into a coma, and woke up in Heaven on New Year’s Eve. …

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Trip to the Bottom of the World

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Is this Patagonian journey going to turn out as wonderful as I imagine? That’s the question I’m asking myself as we sit in a seedy bus station, waiting to start our long-awaited trip to the bottom of the world. It all began more than 35 years ago when older friends left their three daughters with …

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O Little Town in Maine

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If you believe that the old-fashioned Christmas villages of holiday prints never existed outside of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Norman Rockwell calendars, and vintage Christmas cards, then surprise! You never visited the little town in Maine where I grew up in the 1960’s. In some ways, it was just like the postcards. After my cousin …

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Happy Copy of Eden

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The Republic of Chile’s national anthem trumpets a hymn of praise to the country’s stunning pastoral beauty—boasting blue skies, pure breezes, and fields bordered with flowers. This “happy copy of Eden” lies cradled between its God-given bulwark of majestic white mountains and the tranquil sea that bathes its coasts and promises future splendor. Dulce patria… …

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Why We Writers Write

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“I write on my knees,” said Gabriela Mistral, as cited at the museum in Vicuña, Chile, that honors her life and legacy. So do I—that’s how we write. But why do we writers write? The Chilean poet and Nobel laureate meant that she preferred scribbling in a notebook on her lap as opposed to writing …

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5 Reasons We Readers Read

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During the seemingly endless decade when I was a homeschooling mom, I secretly had only one basic goal: to convince my girls to love books. So why is it we readers read? And why push reading with a passion? Clearly prejudiced, I had to give a nod to mathematics as a boring-but-necessary blot on the …

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Animal Crackers in My Soup

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Twice this past week, I’ve waited in an office and finally departed, ready to bite someone’s head off, like I used to do with my animal crackers. Talk about a zoo. Instead of spinning a Tin Collector’s Tale about animal crackers, I hardened my heart and collected grievances. Never mind that I prayed for some …

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This is Not the Real World

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While cynics and pragmatists are quick to carp that the Gospel and the Christian worldview don’t offer solutions to real-world problems—as if this punch delivered the ultimate technical knock-out—I’d like to suggest that this world we live in now is not the real world. Fiction writers, too, are frequently criticized for not focusing on real …

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Thank You for Your Service

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Let’s learn to serve. And please, let’s also learn to say, “Thank you for your service.” Many people in my church used to have the notion that ministry is a high-falutin’ position occupied primarily by preachers and missionaries. Forget that, I said. The Biblical concept of ministry is service, sometimes in a spiritual arena, but …

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