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Hello, My Wise Latina Women…

With this post, I want to welcome new readers as a result of my new “Siempre Mujer” magazine blog on Charla Blog ( The blog posts go up every Friday, and they’re all about getting ready for our weekend through inspiration; be it a story, an insight, a book, music, art, a movie recommendation, a resource for something to do, or just a tool to help us reconnect with ourselves.

And so, in figuring out a way to welcome more women to my writing, I thought it would be a good idea to show, rather than tell, all of you a little about who I am, while at the same time giving you a useful new way to express yourselves.

So, first a primer… or as my friend Berta Castaner would call it, “news you can use.” I discovered Polaroid photography only a few years ago. I stumbled on a beautiful vintage SX-70 on Ebay for under $20 and thought I had to buy it. By then, the film for it had been discontinued, and knowing it would break my heart to have it and not be able to use it, I investigated ways to adapt the existing regular 600 film. I found my solution in a filter pak you can buy on Ebay for under $20. Just search “SX-70 filter pack,” buy a vintage SX-70 if you don’t already have one, and purchase some old Polaroid film, and you’ll be on your way. Though the 600 has also been discontinued, there are plenty of specialty online stores selling very good versions of the original stuff very reasonably. One of them is Polapremium. You can also still find some good deals on Ebay.

Using the filter and the camera is virtually techno-idiot-proof. If I can do it, you can do it. (One tip from my friend, painter and photog extraordinaire, Nereida Garcia Ferraz. Polaroids work almost as copy machines… graphic, colorful objects and still lifes work best.)

Okay, so now that I’ve told you how you can get in on the fun, here you have a few samples: snapshots of moments in the life of a regular woman who happens to be Latina, and has been known to act wisely every so often. Enjoy!

***Have some Polaroids to share? Send them my way and I’ll post for all of us to enjoy.


This is the story of a bright, bright star. A girl-woman who will inspire you to get off your butt, kick the fear until it runs away, and make your most amazing dreams come true. Her website says it all. Enjoy every page and, in the sub-text, you’ll see the blueprint used by a teenage refugee Wise Latina Woman from Liberia to make her dream of creating a business doing what she loves while helping others at the same time.

You go Lovetta! We love you.
Happy Thanksgiving and a great (inspired) weekend for you all… Anja


Hello My Wise Latina Women,

Just want to give you a heads up that I’ll be writing a new, weekly, Spanish-language blog for fantastic magazine, “Siempre Mujer.”

Beginning October 23, 2009, my posts will appear every Friday on the magazine’s site where many of you signed up to win a copy of “La píldora del mal amor.”

My intention is to serve up a dose of Friday inspiration to ease us magically into our weekend.

I’ll recommend must-read books, great new and old movies, music, things to do, stories, news, resources and workshops, projects, travel, photography, art, and anything else that might help us to reconnect to our Wise Latina Women selves so that we can recharge and make every weekend an opportunity to be happier, and bring more joy to ourselves and everyone around us.

Así que… consider yourselves invited to the “Charla:” every Friday on

Un abrazo,


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