For middle grade readers, author Mari Luci Jaramillo reads from her new book, Sacred Seeds.
About Sacred Seeds: This collection of 32 coming of age stories by Mari-Luci Jaramillo, former US Ambassador to Honduras, recounts life on a remote ranch in the 1930s in northern New Mexico. It's the 1930s in rural New Mexico. So what do you do if money is scarce and your father is even more scarce? You'll walk with your mother on a twelve-mile cross-country journey to a remote ranchito. There, your abuelos just might know the way forward. Mari-Luci tells the story of her own coming of age in the 1930s, stories of the every-day and the out-of-the-ordinary, stories of how she learned to value community, faith, love, tradition, and learning.
Featuring family photographs and sketches by Cecilia J. Navarrete, this collection of stories reveals the observant eye and open heart of the girl who became Madame Ambassador.
"With Sacred Seeds, Mari-Luci Jaramillo has woven together the cultural fabric that is New Mexico."--Ana Pacheco, Historian of New Mexico
"At times funny, poignant, exciting and mysterious, these 32 vignettes are windows to the past and hold subtle important lessons for living today. The author's experience is rural Northern New Mexico during the 1930s, but the themes ring universal."--Anne Hillerman, Best-Selling Author
A notable educator and civil rights advocate, Mari-Luci Jaramillo is best known as the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras in the 1970s. From humble beginnings in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Mari-Luci went on to a long career that included numerous positions at the University of New Mexico, and serving as the Pentagon's U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs under President Carter, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Latin America under President Clinton. Dr. Jaramillo resides in Albuquerque, NM.