About David Durham

David Durham is a husband, father, teacher, musician, linguist and world traveler who loves to examine culture and the arts through a modern and historic lens.

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The Debate Continues in France

It is no secret that the French have always been fiercely proud of their language — and rightly so. It is truly one of the most beautiful languages spoken. Sometimes the debate has reached comical levels, as when the purists refused to call Sony’s groundbreaking Walkman by its English name and instead invented the word […]

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Summer Language Enrichment Classes in Nashville

DATES: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 11 – July 18 We can all remember times when we have come back from summer break with the feeling that we have forgotten 90% of what we learned the previous school year! I’ve had students say the same after a mere two weeks of spring break! It’s true. Three […]

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Fall Break in Italy!

The World to the Wise Cultural Tour will not be happening this June, but this will give us — and you! — time to plan toward joining us for a more abbreviated visit to ITALY in October 2013! October is a wonderful time of the year to be in Italy. We were there with some […]

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Senioritis of a Different Sort

I’ve been musing a lot lately on the way we view aging and the elderly. Perhaps this is because I’ve been in a number of conversations lately where I was the oldest person present; at one time or another comments were made implying either pity or embarrassment for me, as if my age were a […]

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Bilingual Benefits

A recent study shows that bilingual people are able to switch tasks more quickly than monolinguals. This actually comes as no surprise. The ability to switch gears and refocus on another subject or task at hand seems an almost indispensable skill these days — certainly in my world. What I find tragic is the fact […]

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Musings from a Museum

In his book, Windows of the Soul, Ken Gire talks of how the most ordinary circumstances and the most mundane experiences can become extraordinary if we are paying attention. I had such an experience last Saturday, when I visited one of our local art museums with my wife, two sons and grandson. Following are some […]

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We’re pleased to announce the 2013 World to the Wise Cultural Tours!

Purpose: to broaden our perspective and deepen our understanding of the world we live in by discovering the peoples, cultures and histories of other lands. Dates: Italy June 5-14 (depart US on Tuesday, June 4) Paris June 15-19 (*depart US on Friday, June 14) London June 20-25 (*depart US on Wednesday, June 19) * It […]

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We Have Lift Off!

In a mere three days from this writing, a dozen curious souls will take off for the adventure of a lifetime, discovering new sights, people, tastes, cultures, stories — and themselves! This year’s World to the Wise Cultural Tour will take us to Rome, in and around Florence, Venice, Paris, and London. A couple of […]

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The Richer For It!

My youngest son is writing a paper for his college writing class. He chose as his topic the value of travel abroad. I suppose he came by it honestly — he was born in Switzerland, raised by multilingual parents with an international outlook, and spent five months in China after high school. Although he is […]

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WOW Moments

Our lives are marked by many different kinds of milestones. Among the ones I look back on — including some very recent ones — are      what I like to call “WOW moments.” Often the most memorable ones are the unexpected ones, the ones that sneak up on us. One of the most rewarding aspects […]

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