Mormon Monday: On Christmas Music – Why I love German hymns

I am often criticized by my friends and family (in a loving way, though) for being a bit of a Scrooge at Christmastime.  Mostly because I do not seem to enjoy Christmas music as well as others.   I have written before about my thoughts on Christmas music, and I am of the same opinion still … Continue reading Mormon Monday: On Christmas Music – Why I love German hymns

Open Source Education

Open Source Education is an idea that I came up with a few years ago as part of an English class at BYU.  It was a Shakespeare class and the professor was very into digital media and social media and new technologies in the classroom.  Instead of writing a research paper that would only ever get read … Continue reading Open Source Education

Linguistics Fun and Teaching

I have been using some of my free time lately to go back over the capstone paper that I wrote for my undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University.  My degree is in German Linguistics, and the paper was titled, Using Explicit Linguistic Instruction to Improve the Teaching of German as a Foreign Language, sounds fun, … Continue reading Linguistics Fun and Teaching

Conference Presentation, take two: On German Linguistics

Last October I had an opportunity to present a paper at BYU's conference on Literature and Belief.  That was my first experience in academia, presenting at a conference, being a real scholar.   Next week I have the chance to do it again. The Utah Foreign Language Association (UFLA) conference is being held at Utah … Continue reading Conference Presentation, take two: On German Linguistics

German Pirate Party

In the State of Berlin there were local elections this last week with some very surprising results.  The Free Democratic Party, which is one of the two parties in the national coalition, lost tremendously, only getting 2% of the vote and losing their seats in the House of Representatives in Berlin.  But, more surprising is … Continue reading German Pirate Party

German Humor

There was a recent poll taken with some very interesting results.  Germany is now officially the least funny country.   Why is that?  What is it about Germans or German culture that makes the rest of the world regard them as unfunny?   I have found some German comedians on YouTube and elsewhere that I … Continue reading German Humor

Why do we blog?: Academics and the Internet

I am currently in an English class that is very different from any English class I have ever had before.  We are studying Shakespeare, but instead of a traditional research paper due at the end of the semester, our professor is having us write a research blog. Yes, a blog.  I find this absolutely fascinating. … Continue reading Why do we blog?: Academics and the Internet

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

Testing, testing. One, Two, Three: My Thoughts on Tests and School

I wrote last about a High School graduation speech that outlined a lot of the problems with the current educational system in America.  There were some very great comments and there is a whole lot more about the state of public schools that I want to say, since I have a few thoughts on the … Continue reading Testing, testing. One, Two, Three: My Thoughts on Tests and School