Diana Delacruz

Comfort Food in War and Peace

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What’s your favorite comfort food in good times and bad? Mine’s pizza with the works, spaghetti and meatballs, or chicken pot pie…and any of the above followed by a handful of warm chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of ice-cold milk. Today’s legacy tin symbolizes the homey comfort of cookies to me. It’s a …

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

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“Art takes nature as its model,” Aristotle said. In other words, art imitates life—and I believe that to a point, since much of my own writing reflects the settings and characters I interact with every day. While I’ve never suffered from a scarcity of story ideas, after experiencing the Chilean version of a “24” season …

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How to Have a Good Fight

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In the sobering face of the recent demonstrations of civil unrest in the country where we’ve lived for 35+ years—a weekend of street fighting and near-war—I’m changing my original introduction to this post to ask, What are we fighting about? What’s a good fight? If not all battles are bad, what makes one good? “I …

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5 Sewing Lessons from Grammie

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My grandmother’s antique sewing machine sat beneath a framed print of the Lord’s Prayer in her bedroom for years. Though I rarely saw her use it, I discovered her love of sewing when a pile of handmade linens appeared at my bridal shower, along with a brown octagonal tin box full of sewing notions. This …

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Songs in Babylon

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Remember that ’70’s pop song, “By the Rivers of Babylon”? I got thinking about it as we’ve reminisced a lot lately. And truth be told, on plenty of days in the past couple of years, we haven’t felt like singing those songs in Babylon, any more than the Israelites. Our doleful tale might read a …

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A Tribute to My Hero

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Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our 40th anniversary, sharing special memories and expressing our appreciation for one another in many ways. The song “My Tribute”—sung by a soloist friend at our wedding and again by Daughter #2 at our 25th—was repeated again last evening. Today I’d like to offer a tribute to my hero—my …

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The Tin Collector

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After viewing my constantly growing collection of kitchen tins, a church friend in Coquimbo mentioned (with a smirk) that he’d seen me on TV—some program about hoarders? Although we enjoyed a good laugh at the joke, I asked myself, How did I come to be known as the tin collector in my town? In Chile …

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Let’s Party!

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I LOVE parties! Don’t you? Recently sifting through several albums of photos—print and digital—reminded me of the many parties I’ve given over the course of my life. Today, let’s party. Of course, when I extend that invitation, you know I don’t mean, “Let’s go out boozing, or carousing,” or …whatever the currently popular term is. …

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How to Leave a Legacy

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A lot of hype among the world’s great names these days revolves around the idea of bequeathing an enduring legacy of accomplishment. We all use the incredible treasure of life in different ways, but to leave a legacy worth passing on, we must invest our time on earth, rather than merely spend it. When I …

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Happy Labor Days

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Labor Laetitia Nostra—“Work is our happiness”—is an old Latin motto that a lot of people would probably dispute these days. But with a change of outlook, many of the Labor Days of our lives—whether fishing, driving, or keyboarding—could metamorphose into a Long Weekend Bash. “The secret of happiness,” said J. M. Barrie (the creator of …

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