Maggie Alarcón

Hello world!

In Cuba, Cuba/US, Cuban 5 on March 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

It is more than fitting I guess, that I am launching my Blog with two entries dedicated to one of the great men in the history of the United States, Leonard Weinglass. He was too like an ajiaco, very much a part of the great mix that is life, so today AjiacoMix is out there and I am proud to dedicate it to Lenny and to the struggle he so bravely and brilliantly led in the defense of many who have fought for justice and peace. This is for you Len, we shall overcome!

I had been thinking of starting my own Blog months ago and it wasn’t until just recently that I actually took the step.

An Ajiaco [ah-hee-ah-co] as defined by the Wikipedia is a type of stew wherein lays most of what one finds in the kitchen at any given moment. It is considered one of Cuba’s national dishes and usually contains corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, all greens available, opinions and garlic and tomatoes. Meat is not necessarily a must but can also be part of the mix.

Fernando Ortiz, Cuba’s foremost ethnologist referring to the Cuban nation once said “we are an ajiaco,” and from a 1948 copy of Selections of the Reader’s Digest, “Cubans drink happiness and sadness from the same cup, they make music from their tears and laugh at their song. They take their jokes seriously and make a jest of everything serious.”

So, just as one finds in the delicious Creole dish, in Cuba everything lays in the mix: happiness flows with tears and ingenuity; solidarity, rhythm, fall in line with irreverence stubbornness and laughter.

  1. I am moved by both the articles in the blog and the start of this blog. I have never written a comment before but feel this blog has a beautiful start in honor of a hero to us all and will be able to serve in his name. all the best and love especially

  2. Al igual que William Kunstler, Leonard Weinglass eran unos verdaderos héroes de los derecho civiles de aquellos que no
    Tenían voces ni poder. Era por eso que los medios de esta
    Nación los describían como abogados controversistas y radicales.
    Gracias Maggie por dejarnos saber de la partida de este gran ser
    humano. Su aportación a la humanidad sobrepasa cualquier logro
    que los que tienen poder economico.

  3. Regarding the “ajiaco”. Is that the same as a Puerto Rican dish
    called “sancocho”?

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