Why do we learn foreign languages, or Justification for my job

I found a couple of very interesting articles the other day about language learning, and more specifically, Latin learning.  I have always been fascinated by Latin, and wished I could have learned it in school, so I was drawn to this article that said teaching Latin in school can inspire students to want to learn … Continue reading Why do we learn foreign languages, or Justification for my job

Just a note about schedule

Today I started classes again at Brigham Young University.  It was an interesting experience.  I have always looked forward to the start of a new semester; the opportunity to take new classes, study new material, learn new things.  Ah, the simple joys of being a nerd. This also means that I will have, in the … Continue reading Just a note about schedule

Forgiveness, or what I’ve learned from the Germans

There is a lot of opposition in the world.  It seems like whatever you believe there is someone who wants to tell you that you're wrong.  Religiously, politically, it doesn't matter.  People will always disagree with you, and sometimes quite vociferously.  In such a world it is sometimes hard not to be offended by someone, … Continue reading Forgiveness, or what I’ve learned from the Germans

My musical roots, or What I listen to (and what I wish I did)

My parents aren't exactly hippies, but they were sort of stuck 30 years in the past, musically.  We listened to the oldies station constantly, and that's all I knew.  In Renton, that meant 97.3 KBSG, I can still sing their dumb little jingle.  That's all I knew as a child, the only radio station that … Continue reading My musical roots, or What I listen to (and what I wish I did)

On Turning 25, or What to do as I get older

I have a birthday next week.  No, this isn't a subtle reminder or cheap ploy to get presents, it's a cause for introspection and reflection.  Because this isn't just another birthday, this one's 25.  Yup, a quarter century, for all that means.  I am now in my mid-twenties, halfway to thirty, I am quickly becoming … Continue reading On Turning 25, or What to do as I get older

You Worry Me, or My Response to America

I wasn't going to write again so soon, and especially not about Religion and Tolerance, but a friend of sent me a letter, supposedly written by an American Airlines pilot just after September 11, 2001, and asked me to comment on it.  See the Snopes page about it here, for a copy of the letter.  … Continue reading You Worry Me, or My Response to America

Religion and politics, or Why I don’t want to discuss either with you.

I have had a very interesting weekend. And it all seems to revolve around religion.  Religion and politics.  The big two things you should never discuss in polite society, and I think I realize why: no one knows how to  discuss either topic politely.  The thing about religion and politics, especially in America, is that … Continue reading Religion and politics, or Why I don’t want to discuss either with you.