In Roslindale, a Boston neighborhood with immigrants from around the world, the Roslindale Fish Market is a center for Greek food and culture. Listen to this audio postcard for more:
The churches draw me in with their quiet tiles, cool air. Their constant ceremony, their everyday, rhythmic presence.
The lights went out soon after dark in the small town of Altagracia, on the island of Ometepe. Drums and horns and slow singing preceded a procession of Mary in a huge conch shell, held on the shoulders of several young men. The full moon and the floodlit statue were the only light.
When they arrived at the church, the men turned Mary around to face the crowd. Someone brought up an effigy of a bull made from palm fronds, with two sticks for the front legs. Suddenly the bull was lit and the boy holding it racing through the plaza, sparks spraying.
In April I visited an amazing girls’ soccer league in a remote area of northern Nicaragua. It’s rare for girls to play organized sports in Nicaragua, yet girls’ soccer in particular is making inroads. The league in Bocana de Paiwas is called “A Goal Against Machismo” and hundreds of girls have participated over the last four years. Aside from learning to dribble and pass the ball, they have fun, get exercise, and even go to workshops to learn about their sexual and reproductive rights.
Listen to the girls’ voices in the radio report, in Spanish! And below there’s a link to an article in English.