A Story of First Loves: A Language-Learner’s Journey

In this season of expressing love, I write about a topic near and dear to my heart: Languages. I could quote articles justifying the importance of knowing other tongues, but I am not going to. Why? Because falling in love with a foreign language, and comprehending why studying one matters, cannot be fully understood nor appreciated through talking points such as “languages will make you more marketable” and “languages will broaden your horizons”. It is…

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An Inquisitive Practitioner

I’ll preface by stating my belief that people learn continually despite the surrounding or stimulus, intentionally or not. As with most, my learning has included a public education and years at universities. Not like most, perhaps, but along the way and in between, I acquired a “street” education. The content of the former ranged from one disciplinary horizon to another, but primarily within the humanities. That deepened a thirst for knowledge, for information concerning the…

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Hearing, Harmony, and the Humanities

Last month I listened to an NPR story on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It was about one man’s journey to document how Beethoven’s final symphony has been received since it was first performed. The history of the Ninth Symphony is a stirring story. Written at the height of the Romantic Movement in Europe, it marked the completion of a struggle that Beethoven underwent in the last period of his life to reach the pinnacle of artistic…

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The Way that is the World

Since nickels seem to be the standard unit of measuring the amount of times one hears things, I shall follow suit. If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone use the phrase “That’s just the way the world is” or one of its many variants, well, my student debt would long be a thing of the past and my personal library would be exponentially larger than it is now. Variants of such…

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