Category: World

Languages and linguistics, travel and citizenship

ASL class video: An unforgettable moment

Looking back over my video assignments from the past 2 years of ASL classes, I recognize a lot of improvement. In my first video, it was hard enough introducing my name, and now I...

ASL class video: Deaf Humor

To celebrate the last night of my 4th semester learning American Sign Language, I’m posting yet another of my video assignments from the class. This is perhaps my favorite so far because I get...

ASL class video: Reveille

So this is a bold move for me, but I’m feeling brave today. For the ASL classes I often have to record videos as assignments and post them for the professor to grade. But...

Reverse Culture Shock

Most people realize that when they leave their home country and explore distant new places, they will have some degree of culture shock because so many things will be different. On the other hand,...

You are Entering a Corruption-Free Zone

Here in Kenya there is frequent talk of corruption in business and especially in the government. And no wonder, because it is fairly prevalent. For example, on a recent matatu (bus) ride outside of...

Ladies’ Choice Meats

Just outside of Nairobi on Thika Road there is, in fact, a butchery called “Ladies’ Choice Meats”, complete with the expected display of raw meat in the window. This strikes me as funny for...

With apologies to Cyndi…

We have been very glad recently to learn some of the more advanced grammar in our Kiswahili class, for a number of reasons. For Eric, he can finally say write some of the more...

Unwritten Rules of Living in Africa

For many of our friends who are either African or have spent some time on the continent, this post is not for you. You already know how the rhythm of life works here and...

Faith-Based Furniture

Kenya is predominantly Christian (at least nominally), so countless small businesses are given religious names. One favorite I saw recently was a bus with the slogan “Father, Forgive Them”—I assume they mean the other...