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October 2022 Rewind

Did you miss any of my blog posts this month? Don't worry; I'm always here to keep you caught up!



October felt a little disjointed because of all the holidays. The month started as the continuance of Hispanic Heritage Month, where I detailed my complex relationship with the Spanish language. I also celebrated my mother's birthday by outlining some of her favorite Hispanic musicians. I discussed making and eating one of the best Puerto Rican dishes, pasteles.


This month's highlighted artist, Sumak Ayllu, also highlighted my Ecuadorian culture. Sumak Ayllu is a traditional Ecuadorian folk dance group aiming to preserve Ecuadorian culture, music, and dance even on a different continent. Co-founded by my uncle, Angel Guallpa, Sumak Ayllu performs in elaborate costumes with energetic choreography.


Other than Hispanic Heritage Month, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although I was concerned that watching something relating to breast cancer would be too sad, Tig Notaro's documentary brought a comedic point of view to a challenging topic.


The Struggles of the Lovely Spanish Language

Like English, Spanish is complex, beautiful, and intricate, but people tend to confuse the language for representing an entire culture.


The Soundtrack For Mami's Birthday

Today is the birthday of one of my favorite Hispanics in all of history, my mom.


Traditional Folk Dance Group, Sumak Ayllu, Keeps Ecuadorian Culture Alive

Culture, art, and family intertwine in the Ecuadorian folk dance group Sumak Ayllu.


Reminiscing About Making Puerto Rican Pasteles

Puerto Rico may be known for its coffee, tostones, and pork, but the underrepresented pasteles are a staple dish on the island.


Tig Notaro's Documentary Chronicles Life After A Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breast Cancer Awareness may not be the first thing you think of in October, but some people are too greatly affected to have that luxury.


National Day on Writing with Damaris

Every writer knows that a blank page is the scariest part of writing, but National Day on Writing reminds us that all we have to do is start.


Celebrating Halloween at Haunt O' Ween

The final days of October are slowly creeping up, which means the arrival of one of my favorite holidays – Halloween.


Now that you’re all caught up be sure to stay tuned to keep up with more discussions with me, Damaris!




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