A year after my life changing trip to Spain, I had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica with a group from the University of Minnesota. We were traveling to San José to support a student center for a cadre of university students who grew up in Puerto Limón on the Eastern Coast. These students […]Read more
Did Horses Become Extinct in the Americas?
Perhaps not. The Lakota (called Sioux by the French) and Diné (known as Navajo) say their people have always had horses. The standard historical concept taught at US schools is there were no horses for 12,500 years until the Spanish arrived in the Americas. Considering the fact that Europeans did not use the correct names […]Read more
Franklin: Eagle or Turkey Fan?
A favorite myth from my childhood is that Benjamin Franklin wished the turkey were part of our national emblem, rather than the eagle. Anatole Kovarsky’s November 24, 1962 New Yorker cover which depicted the turkey in the national seal gave the story new legs. What really happened is good old Ben was a joker. He […]Read more
4 Fake Flamenco Favorites
Four personal favorites from 2018; posts about coming of age across the pond, traveling in Guatemala, passing the bilingual torch to the next generation and celebrating Mexican culture. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I liked writing them. Being Braver Travel leads to self-knowledge. Self-knowledge allows us to envision and live our […]Read more