Monthly Archives: October 2015

Boo! Happy Halloween!

  Growing up in rural Western Massachusetts, I recall my father raking the leaves into huge piles in late fall and good-naturedly allowing us to jump into the piles. With rosy red cheeks, we went into the kitchen to get … Continue reading

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My Legacy

Our legacies are passed down from one generation to another. The world is connected by stories, memories, traditions, dreams and hopes. Waxing philosophical I reflect on the legacies of my parents, grandparents, and other family members. What have I learned … Continue reading

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It Seems Only Yesterday

Knowing more than one language is good for mental health. It is one of the side benefits that all language teachers are aware of. Both our spiritual and cultural well-being are affected. Being cognizant of other languages empowers us to … Continue reading

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Eyes in the Back of my Head

Young children sometimes think their parents and teachers have a super power, a way of knowing and seeing things even when their backs are turned. Using humor, they explain to children that they have these eyes in the back of … Continue reading

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The German Teacher

My first glimpse of the Berlin Wall happened on a cold, windy, snowy day in March 1964. Some 25 years later, the Wall came down. My first Fulbright year in Germany as an exchange teacher was in a small town … Continue reading

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