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These Times (poem, 2018) March 31, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

These Times  I In these times, you and I share, amidst the air you and I breathe, inspiration we take from day to day thriving, opposition we meet, the sacred conch shell calls us, drums beat, prayers sent up, aromatic smoke of the pipe are our pledge to the gods. An all-night fire vigil burns where we may consume the small cactus messenger of the Huichol and of the Pueblo people of New Mexico, red…

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Warming up for the Free Writing Workshop: Face Your Fears March 30, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

After you make you list of top worst fears take a moment. Don’t judge the fear. It’s yours.  Own it.  The only way to confront it is to name it and give it the weight your life, heart and actions have placed on it. Let’s remember how many courageous people have come before us in their times who faced their greatest fear head on–they cleared a path for us. Our task now, is to keep…

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La Comunidad–To limpia or not to limpia? March 20, 2020 – Posted in: Blog, recent

We are entering Spring Equinox.  The world is on alert and populations are challenged as never before. As a Chicana/mexicana-indigena I grew up and have always had limpias as part of our lives.  We do all kinds of limpias–sweeping with a huevo, usamos hierbas y aquas preparadas, baños. Friday is a good day for a limpia. You don’t have to find a curandera, santera, or modern bruxa/os.  If you’d like a recommendation on how to…

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Sin pelos en la lengua March 15, 2020 – Posted in: Blog, recent, workshops

Chicago workshop on the 18th was cancelled last week.  It would have been a good idea to cancel considering the pandemic the world is experiencing but it was cancelled because of a personal family medical emergency.  Ultimately, it all ties in. If you are interested in working with me on your writing now or in the foreseeable future please do reach out via anacastilloworkshops@gmail.com with any questions. Until now, I hesitate to blog bc before…

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