learning

Compassion’s pain

July 29, 2010

Sometimes, there are moments I wish I could take back and do-over.  Press life’s Rewind button. Today, we went to the hospital to get the Boy’s stitches removed (he had minor surgery a few weeks ago and was in for a routine screen).  I hate hospitals.  Especially urgent care (emergency) rooms.  They are creepy.  A [...]

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One day, the clouds just opened up…

April 24, 2010

… and poured full sentences of Castellano out of my mouth!  Full sentences!  Out of MY mouth! Like mute babies who all of a sudden start talking out of the blue, I started pulling words out of the air to build sensical phrases on the spot. Like a storm, it all just came raining down. [...]

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Riki, Shakira and the women of Sex and the City

April 21, 2010

After writing about my demoralizing weekend of not being able to communicate with the boy’s family, I’ve received lots of great advice on how I can speed up my uptake of Castellano.  Everything from more dinners out (great!), more local TV watching and tandem language partnering! I’ve decided that I’m going to look for the Spanish [...]

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Crashing back down to earth

April 19, 2010

We spent the weekend in Mar del Plata to visit the boy’s family.  We had home-cooked food, spent time by the sea and generally relaxed for three days.  But my oh my, what three days of pure frustration they were for me. After 8 classes of Español para Extranjeros, I was feeling fantastic leaving Buenos [...]

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Being your own boss

April 13, 2010

In addition to the Spanish classes, cooking practice and blog writing, I’ve also been busy experimenting with online commerce and working on a start-up with a few friends.  And wow, it has been a lot of work (both the e-business and the start-up). As a former corporate employee, I had no concept of what it’s [...]

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The beauty of language learning

April 11, 2010

Learning a new language is like stumbling through darkness to a destination not yet charted.  I know I’m going to get there at some point but where and how I’ll know, I have no idea.  Learning Spanish has been like a shot in the dark.  There’s a goal but I’m not quite sure exactly when [...]

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The next next generation

March 18, 2010

When it comes to technology, I consider myself quite tuned-in. I read my daily TechCrunch, Valleywag, Boing Boing and Engadget. I’m an early adopter of most online services and I get really really excited about stupid geeky things like A.I. apps, open-source CMS offerings and start-up camps.  But in my old age, I’m starting to [...]

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Life lessons from Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo

March 12, 2010

Last night I was treated to a showing of Cirque’s Ovo, courtesy of a great friend who thought of me when a certain company decided to be nice to its employees by buying-out the entire show. Guests were invited. Cirque is ridiculous. It’s the 2nd show I’ve seen (the other was ‘O’ in Vegas and [...]

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