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Haendel and Easter

Haendel and Easter

This Easter I listen to George Frideric  Haendel’s “Messiah” which was written as an offering for Easter, though people typically listen to it at the Christmas season. I have the William Christie version on CD which was recorded in 1993 with the Les Arts Florissants...
Language and Cognition in Japan

Language and Cognition in Japan

Much of what we Americans appreciate about Eastern cultures, Japanese in particular, has to do with “zen” philosophies and a sense of place and peace that the US has long since lost. World-famous organizer-turned-author Marie Kondo has won international acclaim for...
Travelling in a Developing Nation

Travelling in a Developing Nation

When most Americans take international vacations or study abroad, they go to nations that are generally developed, with public electricity, sewage, transportation, and more. Trips to developed nations offer the comforts that Americans are used to, but trips to...
How to Talk to Locals

How to Talk to Locals

We all want the most authentic experience when we go abroad, and one of the universally-agreed best ways to do that is to spend time with the local inhabitants of an area, eating where they eat, socializing how they socialize, and learning the local folklore directly...
Arthur Prelle’s Travels in Toulouse, France

Arthur Prelle’s Travels in Toulouse, France

In Arthur Prelle’s travels in Europe, he visited Toulouse, France for two days. Toulouse is a medieval walled city full of history. One beautiful site is the Church of Les Jacobins. This church is the resting place (reliquary) for St. Thomas Aquinas. A large hall can...