About This Blog
I arrived in Montgomery, Alabama in early July 2011. Though I did live in Texas briefly, this is my first foray into the Deep South. I’m excited to settle down in Alabama and I am embracing my new home. This blog will document my interactions with the South; what I see, do, read, eat, drink, etc. It includes links, pictures, brief comments, and occasional essays. I will post notes on teaching and research. In short, I’ll post on whatever I feel like posting. It is, above all, a public diary for my family, friends, colleagues, and the curious. The title of this blog, “Grits and Tamales,” links my Mexican corn heritage with that of the South. When I first tried grits I found that I like them. They reminded me much of two of my favorite comfort foods: tamales and posole stew. I find it comforting that Southerners, like Mexicans, make the most of corn and humble hominy.