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Jāni 2018: Latvian Midsummer Celebration

Jāni 2018: Latvian Midsummer Celebration

Midsummer. St. John’s Eve. The holiday is celebrated all over Europe, but it isn’t really a thing in America. In Latvia, the celebration of Jāni (both St. John and a mythical all-father sort of dude who is supposed to show up on the morning of the 24th of June) is probably almost as big as …

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Winter Musings 2017

Winter Musings 2017

I will not call this my Christmas letter or epistle or whatever. I am just sitting here on a Sunday night thinking that I should really probably be writing something. There is this interesting phenomena that I have noticed happening when you disconnect from people. When you are in the immediate circle of intimacy with …

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Springfield, Missouri: 4 July 2017

Springfield, Missouri: 4 July 2017

Greetings from CELTA bootcamp in Springfield, Missouri! The odd timing had us starting our CELTA teaching on Monday, July 3, and now we have a day of rest, a hiatus, a stoppage, a pause before our teaching assignment begins in earnest on Wednesday. So I am taking this day to wrestle with some thoughts through …

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Riga in the Snow 2017

Riga in the Snow 2017

Riga un Sniegs Daytime Edition January 2, 2017 Ansis challenged me to try the bus instead of driving to Riga. He said it would be a good way to get back and forth. He left me a schedule, which I lost, but that did not deter me. I spent part of my day on Sunday …

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December 29th: Gaismas Pils and Beef Cheeks

December 29th: Gaismas Pils and Beef Cheeks

Gaismas Pils On Wednesday, at least I think it was Wednesday (time is moving in such a strange direction), I was invited to Gaismas Pils, the Latvian National Library, to see the first publication of one of the books that I helped to edit. I helped with the English version of the summary titled, “Intangible …

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Christmas in Latvia

Christmas in Latvia

For this year, fate (or some other magical force) sent me to Latvia. I am here in Riga at Ausekla 2-7 (Bruno’s apartment) and I will soon transfer to Ansis’ home at Daugmales pagasts. I left on the 23rd and arrived on the 24th. It felt like I was in some kind of a time warp, …

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