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T-Secret and the Don Quijote Awards

December 12, 2017 2:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On Saturday night I attended the 20th annual Don Quijote Awards gala hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and Prospera, an economic development nonprofit providing assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs. What was I doing there? The wonderful Orlando skin care company Tamahra’s Secret, aka T-Secret, was founded by... read more

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross – a Pioneer

August 18, 2017 10:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004) was a pioneer on death and dying. My blog focuses on travel and writing and other upbeat topics. However, today I’m taking up the downbeat topic of dying because in the last few weeks I’ve been speaking with people who have recently lost loved ones, and I hope... read more

Geneva: Thoughts on Relative Fame

January 20, 2017 10:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I’m in Geneva to give a talk at a linguistics conference with an Atelier Saussure-Chomsky (atelier = workshop). A good reason such a conference is held in Geneva is because the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) lived and taught here. The American linguist Noam Chomsky is, presumably, included because... read more

T-Secret: Gail Kent The Acne Maven

November 11, 2016 10:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title Image: Gail Kent, founder of T-Secret, giving a facial The best secret in Orlando, Florida is Tamahra’s Secret, aka T-Secret, a skin care salon in College Park. It’s not Orlando’s best kept secret, by any means, because it is widely known both locally and nationally and, indeed, clients fly... read more

Skylar’s Baby Shower

November 1, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

No surprise, Skylar is a girl! The decorations at the baby shower tell the story, In 2002 I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentoring program. I was paired with Vanessa, who was 12 years old at the time. Now 14 years later, we’re still together. She’s part of my... read more

Gender, Feminism, Sexuality and the Romance Novel

October 18, 2016 3:12 pm Published by 4 Comments

Title Image: East Duke Building, East Campus, Duke University, where the symposium Gender, Feminism, Sexuality and the Romance Novel will be held. On February 10, 2017 I will be hosting a symposium on Gender, Feminism, Sexuality and the Romance Novel. It will be held in East Duke Building on Duke’s... read more