Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Preserving Potawatomi

The following is an assignment from the current FutureLearn course I'm taking, Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Language and Culture 
The Potawatomi language, spoken by members of the Potawatomi tribe of North America, is in real danger of becoming extinct. It is in the Algonquin language family. Recent numbers place the amount of speakers to lower than 25. The language's decline resulted from the history of contact with Europeans and Americans and eventual suppression that most native groups faced. In addition, many of the native speakers are elderly. Revitalization of the language has been in the hands of the Potowatomi themselves as each of their nine bands, which reside in Michigan, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Canada, have a language department that provides resources. In Michigan, for example, classes are offered at a high school and college level. Hence, younger generations can gain access and keep the language alive. For the Potowatomi, such efforts means culture is also maintained, given the language is key to the group's cultural teachings and practices. contains Such situations, in my view, demonstrate the interconnected nature of language and culture. It is thus essential to preserve language to preserve culture.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Yet another Stronae update

Here's the new news on my desk plant, Stronàe. For a refresher,  my story on maintaining her can be found here and here. This month, after some significant need of TLC (again, I'm a novice at anything related to keeping a plant),  I decided to re-pot her with some new soil

Unfortunately, she still ended up needing more pruning. On the upside,  she's still hanging in there.

P.S. If anyone has any tips on how to get a pruned plant back from looking like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, it would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Resolutions, failure, and "Just Doing It"

So we're well into the New Year. How are those resolutions coming? In many cases, resolutions mean  change, which is hard to do.  Hence, the occasional slip up, or in some cases, out-and-out failure. Thanks to Dynamic Catholic again for coming through with a soul-piercing insight to think about when we fall down in our journey to growth and need to get back up and , like Nike, "Just Do It".
(Photo: from Dynamic Catholic)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Faith is like breathing

 (Photo courtesy of

In a recent conversation with my best friend, she said "Faith is like breathing ". It was striking in its profound simplicity. As the new year approaches, it feels apropos to consider how necessary faith is to life, like breathing. It's hardwired in us, like breathing. Take time to focus on your faith life the same way we try to slow down and take deep breaths. If something is obstructing it like bronchitis obstructs the lungs, find what you need to keep it going. Your life will thank you for it.


Friday, November 17, 2017

R.I.P. Sister Antona Ebo

(Sr. Mary Antona Ebo at the March on Washington Photo courtesy of National Catholic Reporter)

Your humble blogger is heartbroken to hear of the recent passing of Sr. Antona Ebo. She was widely known for being the only Black nun at the 1965 March on Washington. Words fail to do her legacy justice, so check out the link below:

My spotlight here has a link to a great YouTube video on her.

Monday, October 23, 2017

About the present moment

What's been on your humble blogger's mind as of late is that of the accepting the present moment being an opportunity to connect with the transcendental. Go figure the following recently arrived in my email from Dynamic Catholic
Ruminating on this begged the following question:
Will you seize the opportunity or nah?

Food for thought. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

So it's #WorldTourismDay -revisiting my Aarhus trip

Apparently,  your humble blogger's July post about the trip to Aarhus, Denmark  was deleted. Since it's World Tourism Day, it seems like a good time to go back down memory lane to yours truly's first ever time across the pond

What brought me to the second largest city in Denmark? My best friend, that's what (make that who). She was out there for two months, and far be it for me to not come out to visit. To sum up Aarhus,  it's a great combination of big city flair and small town charm. 

On a related note,  it's fair to say there's more than good reason Aarhus was named European cultural capital of 2017.

 For one thing, the food is incredible.
(A sandwich from one of the river cafès)

The variety of cuisines to choose from at the numerous restaurants and food spots can whet
almost any appetite.

Then there's the art.

(Sculpture by the sea)

There's also a plethora of clothing and other  shops guaranteed to have any traveler leaving with something to bring home.

At this point it's best to note some housekeeping details.  Denmark is fairly pricey,  with Aarhus not being an exception. As any travel resource will tell you,  do your research to find ways not to burn a hole in your pocket. Also, the usual travel tips apply in terms of courtesy and the like.

With that said, I had a blast in Aarhus and you will too.