Can you even?

I feel like the past month has been a lot of me just repeating to myself, “I can’t even.” Followed by sharing news articles, contacting my representatives in the US government, and donating to causes I support. It borders on overwhelming, but I’m trying my best to stay engaged. Which also means doing my best … Continue reading Can you even?

Quite a Challenge

I’m currently reading a book, That’s Not English, all about the similarities and differences between British and American English. It’s delightful! And I wish I had discovered it earlier. (I picked it up by chance at the library while browsing a stand of recommended books.) I was especially shocked to discover a meaning for the … Continue reading Quite a Challenge

Learning German: Combining research and helping refugees learn a new language

Their idea was to design a top-notch, intensive, free language course for a group of refugees — and to partner with these newcomers in a language experiment. There’s a debate about the best way to teach German to nonnative speakers, Goucha says. Often, teachers start with a heavy dose of vocabulary and leave German syntax … Continue reading Learning German: Combining research and helping refugees learn a new language

Public Libraries in the UK

Have you ever heard of Public Lending Right in the UK & Ireland? I hadn’t! It’s the right for authors to get paid (like royalties) when their books are lent out by public libraries. It boils down to this: A representative sample of libraries (with membership that rotates over time) reports its aggregate lending data each … Continue reading Public Libraries in the UK

Goodbye, 2016!

Highlights from the last week of 2016: Visiting my husband’s cousin and taking an hour-long walk around her neighborhood on a chilly, sunny morning Eating the rest of my Christmas cinnamon rolls Dancing about 15 hours of tango to inspiring music, with lovely leaders, on a well-behaved dance floor Eating really excellent fish tacos! Walking … Continue reading Goodbye, 2016!

Convoluted Paperwork

I’ve been living in the UK for nearly three years now (can you believe it?!) which means it’s that time again: Visa renewal time. We sent in our paperwork to renew our visas, and when I got back from my last work trip, we mailed in our passports to go along with our application. It … Continue reading Convoluted Paperwork