Indigenous Peoples, Nature, travel

Autumn Near the Wisconsin River

Have you ever traveled one hour away from home and found yourself in another world? I’m just back from two days in the woods with our child’s class of fourth and fifth graders. We had a complete 24 hours in nature. Last night we had a camp fire, s’mores and a starry hike. This morning […]

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Spanish Culture and Language, travel

25 Years Ago Today

Evan and I went on our first date in 1994. While we were going to UT Austin, we met at a party in 1993. First we dated each other’s colleagues. He and I were friends for a year and email pen pals for two months when internet mail was new. Correspondence was key to us […]

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bilingual, Spanish Culture and Language, travel

Which Language Do You Choose?

Your fairy godmother is back in town! In Spanish she’s your Hada Madrina. This week she’ll grant you the wish to speak the language of your choice immediately, no vocabulary drills or 1001 Verbs to prepare. She waves her wand and it goes online! If you could speak any language fluently overnight, what would it […]

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Spanish Culture and Language, travel

What’s your ideal destination?

If your fairy godmother asked you what trip you’d like to take, what would you say? I’d like to sail from Florida (or Mexico) to Cuba. I’d go with my extended family; Grandparents, sister and family, and my little family, with Grandpa as captain or first mate. The movies I’ve seen of Habana and Cuba […]

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Spanish Culture and Language, travel

Snorkeling in Cozumel

We went to Cozumel as three generations of a family, twelve of us in all. The most popular activity, that all twelve could agree on (besides the buffet) was snorkeling. We could view sea creatures in the waters right off the beach. I bought an $11 disposable underwater camera in Madison so I could take […]

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