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Adventures in New Zealand, Part 2

The Bay of Plenty, where we were based on the east coast of the North Island, is in a land of plenty. We found a prosperous and thriving economy, with the New Zealand dollar strong and almost at parity with the Australian dollar. The prices were downright expensive for us Americans. Although wages could sometimes […]

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Adventures in New Zealand – Part I

As I mentioned earlier, my wife and I had the unbelievable privilege of visiting the Land of the Kiwi for two fast weeks during our winter break from teaching. What follows is the first of a handful of posts that relate not only the sights we saw, but also some observations of Kiwi culture from […]

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The Reason for My Madness, Part I

People often ask me how I came about my love for other cultures and languages. It has recently occurred to me that I have never written this story down, and yet it is one of the most defining chapters in my life. I was born in the state of Wyoming to Texan parents. When I […]

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Reflections of a White Man on MLK Day

Having recently watched the movie Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Martin Luther King, Jr. was already on the front burner of my mind. Not long before that, I had seen Twelve Years a Slave, based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in antebellum America. […]

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Jack, Clive and Aldous

While the world rightly remembers an icon American hero today, the deaths of two other culture shapers on the same day in 1963 are practically eclipsed. November 22, while John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, were riding in an open convertible through the streets of downtown Dallas, I was headed to school as a […]

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