Daily Life in 1960s Mexico City

Flickr images, Courtesy Michael McCullough The three years my family spent in Mexico City before moving to California in the mid-1960s gave my sisters and me the opportunity to get to know our paternal relatives and learn my father’s native language and culture.   I have often thought that if every young person had the … Continue reading "Daily Life in 1960s Mexico City"

Those Places Thursday: Abuelita’s World

Moorish Kiosk, The Alameda Park, Mexico City. By Ulisesmorales (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons My grandmother, Catalina (Perrotin) Huesca, lived in a small one bedroom flat at 145-B Carpio Street, in the Santa Maria la Ribera neighborhood.  The neighborhood, or colonia, was the oldest in the Federal District.  Its centerpiece, just a block from my grandmother’s … Continue reading "Those Places Thursday: Abuelita’s World"

Travel Tuesday: Homeward Bound on the Queen Elizabeth

Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca (1928 – 1987) Alice Gaffney (McGinnis) Schiavon (1895 – 1963) From Cherbourg to New York aboard the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth, September 29 – October 4, 1950   On Friday, September 29, 1950, my mother and my grandmother, Joan and Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon, boarded the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth at Cherbourg, France, bound for New York City. … Continue reading "Travel Tuesday: Homeward Bound on the Queen Elizabeth"

Matrilineal Monday: College Girl

Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca  (1928 – 1987)   My mother graduated from Aquinas High School in 1946, a year after the Second World War ended. Joan Schiavon, Chicago, 1945 My grandparents decided my mother, Joan Joyce Schiavon, should attend college near their Chicago home, and they sent her to Saint Francis College in Indiana. While … Continue reading "Matrilineal Monday: College Girl"