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Make More Time to Read

Make More Time to Read

Even if you really love reading and have never ever gotten a library fine, it can be difficult to find enough time in your day to put a dent in your reading list. Studies indicate that Americans are so focused on productivity that we have come to praise being...
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...