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Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo: My Travels and Hollywood

June 11, 2015 9:02 pm Published by 2 Comments

Monte Carlo: A Gambler’s Paradise On Mother’s Day my son had the bright idea to take me gambling – big time gambling, as in the Monte Carlo Casino. We happened to be in Nice, France. Monaco/Monte Carlo is a 15-minute train ride away. Mother’s Day – or la fête des... read more

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MMA Fight Night: A Research Adventure

May 14, 2015 10:08 am Published by 1 Comment

Last month I went to Pensacola, Florida with my friend Gail to attend Island Fights 33, an event with both boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) matches. Roy Jones, Jr. was the headliner – or, as it’s more accurate to say, he was at the top of the card. He’s... read more


Gold in the Mayan Highlands

March 26, 2015 6:36 pm Published by 1 Comment

For thousands of years the K’iche’ people, Mayan speakers, have revered the golden kernels belonging to a plant known as maize. Their sacred stories tell of the first humans who were fashioned from the bread made from these kernels and who were given the gift of language. More recently a... read more


Motoring around Saigon: Book Research

March 10, 2015 12:16 pm Published by 1 Comment

In 2012 I spent six months in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. My goal, as a linguist, was to overcome my fear of a tone language. Vietnamese is a language with six tones. Yikes! I took private lessons at a Vietnamese language school four hours a day, five days... read more

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Sinhala: Language and Power

October 27, 2014 9:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In the Indian Ocean off the south coast of India is the island nation of Sri Lanka. The majority population is the Sinhalese, an ethnogroup who tend to be Buddhists and who speak Sinhala, an Indo-European language. They share the island with the minority Tamils, who tend to be Hindu.... read more