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Mexican Flavor

Author: Roberta Landman
Issue: January, 2009, Page 50

Christopher Columbus’ voyages resulted in more than the discovery of America. As the story goes, he also discovered the hammock and brought the Mayan Indian invention back to Europe, where its popularity spread. Mayan women in remote Mexican Yucatán villages still hand-weave the cotton hammocks as they did centuries before Columbus’ journey. The Fair Trade system of production enables them to supplement their family income while they care for their children at home. The hammocks, said to be created under eco-friendly conditions, have the modern-day addition of strong nylon braiding at their ends, allowing them to be hung between tree trunks, sturdy fence posts or walls. They are available in single, queen, king and super-king sizes and in a choice of natural and several hues, including multicolor, shown above. Order from Style Mexican,

Serve your margaritas, cocktails, lemonade or iced tea in authentic south-of-the-border style with these colorful glasses from Sur La Table. Trimmed in bright red, the pieces are mouth-blown and hand-shaped by artisans in Tonala, Mexico, using recycled glass. The dishwasher-safe glasses come in sets of four. A matching pitcher is sold separately. The glassware is available in Sur La Table stores or via the Internet. For ordering information, call (800) 243-0852, or visit

Lowering your home’s thermostat in winter from 72 to 68 degrees can decrease heating costs by up to 15 percent.
—Arizona Public Service

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