Juneteenth

Juneteenth was first celebrated in 1866 on the anniversary of the date that slavery in Texas ended a year earlier in 1865. It was formally made a paid state holiday in 1980, specifically in Texas. Although it has been observed and celebrated across the US (and some other countries apparently too) since 1866, it wasn’tContinue reading “Juneteenth”

Groundhog Day

I know I am publishing this well past February 2nd, but still think it is culturally relevant, especially in 2022… During the pandemic, at least in the English-speaking western world “Groundhog Day” the popular 1993 film became a shorthand joke for how we’re all supposed to get out of this Corona wave loop. Do youContinue reading “Groundhog Day”

An attempted rounded view of American Thanksgiving

American Thanksgiving has a rich, but controversial history. It is a Day of Mourning for Native Americans. Read on to learn more about this ‘classic’ colonial American Holiday.

Using the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity to understand the United States

Inspiration and education can come from anywhere. Here, I felt inspired by a webinar to put my complex thoughts to print.

Erik Singer may just be a linguistic national treasure

The ins and outs of how to linguistically reproduce the sounds of native speakers is beyond me. This is why I do not and probably will not ever teach phonetics.

Close to home

“Right-wing extremists perpetrated two thirds of the attacks and plots in the United States in 2019 and over 90 percent between January 1 and May 8, 2020.”