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Love and Linguistics I

January 25, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Love and Linguistics I & II are blog posts about me and my work. At the same time I’m hoping they’ll provide occasions for you to think through your passions and life career choices. I am often asked two questions: How does it happen that I am both a professional... read more

Devika Fernando

Five Questions with Devika Fernando

January 21, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m having so much fun connecting with all the smart authors and bloggers I’ve met through Twitter and blogs. This is the latest entry in my series of conversations with other romance authors, who join us to share about their creative process, their habits, their inspiration, and more. Our guest today... read more

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Speak American: A Linguistic Critique

January 18, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Today’s post features guest blogger Philip M. Carter, my co-author on the new book Languages in the World. Here he offers a critique of the phrase Speak American. In a 2015 interview with CNN, former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sara Palin stated that if you are in the... read more

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Cross-Cultural Gift-Giving: Seven Tips

January 14, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Cross-Cultural Gift-Giving: Nothing is more difficult. If you travel, you are going to give gifts and receive gifts. Here are a few things to know: Cross-Cultural Gift-Giving Tip #1: I’ve heard the story of a businessman from Connecticut who was invited to the wedding of his Chinese partner’s daughter. The... read more

how reading romance novels can boost your mood

Mood Boosting: Read a Romance

January 4, 2016 11:45 pm Published by 3 Comments

Last January, 2015 the Wall Street Journal ran a front page article on the rise of professional cuddlers who might charge $1/minute to spoon. Skin-to-skin contact is not involved. The cuddlers and their clients keep their clothes on. Their customers say that cuddling lessens anxiety and increases a sense of... read more

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Boosting Creativity : Take a Road Trip!

December 28, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

What are some good ways of boosting creativity? Shake yourself out of your routine: Boosting creativity #1: Take a new way to work. Boosting creativity #2: Wear your watch on your other wrist. Boosting creativity #3: Go crazy and part your hair on the other side for a change. Boosting... read more

Kimberly Lang

Five Questions with Kimberly Lang

December 24, 2015 9:15 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Happy Christmas Eve! I’ve had so much fun this year connecting with all the smart authors and bloggers I’ve met through Twitter, and look forward to meeting many more in 2016. This is the seventh interview in my series of conversations with other authors, who join us to share about their... read more