Happy Cinco de Mayo!  If you are Mexican or of Mexican descent, I hope you have a chance to enjoy what is one of Mexico’s most prominent fiestas.  Cinco de Mayo honors Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  I should be down the National Mall in Washington, D.C. right now enjoying the annual Cinco de Mayo festivities sponsored the Maru Montero Dance Company, but alas, I am at home studying Spanish (and taking a break to write this short blog entry, of course).  Maybe I’ll make up for it by having Mexican food for dinner. 
 
Of course, other Latin American nations such as Paraguay don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but this uniquely Latino festival is one of the few observed in the United States.  Paraguay’s Independence Day celebration will be on May 15 and on the evening of May 14 (Paraguay’s Flag Day) my wife and I will attend Paraguay’s Independence Day celebration at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. 
 
Blog Notes:  My thoughts are with those who were affected by the tornado that destroyed Greensburg, Kansas today.  Greensburg is less than an hour from where my father lived.  My father passed away, but my mother-in-law still lives there.  Meteorologists have issued a tornado warning for a large swath of Kansas and Nebraska.  I hope that no more touch down in the aftermath of what happened in Greensburg.
 

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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2 Comments

  1. Bob's Gravatar Bob
    May 5, 2007    

    I am hurt – HURT! – that I do not appear on your friends list below.  Ouch, Mike.
    Glad to hear that all is well, except in the Spanish world – sounds like your teacher is a fussy bit*h.  I hate drill sergeants.
    No clue if I am heading to DC anytime soon, but if I do I will give you a shout…our best to the wife and kids..
     
    Bob

  2. Terry's Gravatar Terry
    May 10, 2007    

    In SoCal close to the border,  Cinco de Mayo is a gringo holiday and no big deal to Mexico…except how to make money off of the gringo drunks.

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