REVUE Magazine September 2019
On Sept. 14 runners from across the country ready themselves for the passing of the torch known as the Antorcha de la Independencia. This year Hada Cruz calls attention to another traditional Antorcha event, Ir a Traer la Antorcha. She also spotlights Sept. 15 Independence Day events and activities. The celebrations include bombas booming and firecrackers ratta-tat-tatting throughout the day and into the night. If your pet is one of the thousands of animals who suffer from these explosions be sure to keep them indoors.
Long-time contributing writer Joy Houston takes us back in time to 9/11/1541 revealing why this date looms darkly in the history of Guatemala. “There were no video cameras, no CNN, Fox Alerts or network news. “But,” she explains, “one resident eyewitness, Juan Rodríguez, wrote down what he saw and heard.”
Trouble in the Highlands by Mark Walker addresses “…what is pushing these people away from their homes? What impact do our government’s policies and those of the Guatemalan government have on the process? And what lessons have we learned so that we, as citizens, and our government can deal with the situation?”
ARCAS (Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association) is a non-profit Guatemalan NGO established in 1989. Development Director Colum Muccio is reaching out to say that it is peak sea turtle season. Please take a moment to find out how you can sponsor an Olive Ridley nest. It would be a wonderful thing if you are able.
With the school year soon ending begs the question: How many families will be able to afford to send their children to school again in the coming year? The Open Windows Foundation is all about education. The Summer Newsletter provides an overview of its scholarship programs, activities and enrichment programs.
Amalia Moreno-Damgaard praises the benefits of plant-based diets and tempts us with her recipe for Gallo Pinto. It’s a spicy rice and black bean dish that includes bell peppers, bacon and cilantro. Buen Provecho!
Have a great September!
Terry and John Biskovich – Publishers