After I spent an hour and a half picking up toys, food remnants, and bits of torn tissue that three kids left created in the process of actively playing for 4 hours, N came in, looked around, and said, “Wow, the kids really changed since last year. The place is spotless! They made no mess at all. Incredible!” 

A Good Link

There is a very good article in the WSJ about the transformations in hiring practices. Once again, I want tiresomely to repeat that a political force that doesn’t center its program on the challenges and very heavy human costs of globalization creates a vacuum that will be filled by forces of enraged populism. 


Since people are asking, this is my process for learning Basque. 

The first step is to figure out how the grammar works and learn some vocabulary. I have a textbook, and I’m working with the textbook, going through it in a very slow way. I’m not good with memorization but here there’s no way around it. But hey, it’s the best prophylaxis against Alzheimer’s.

After I get the basics down, I want to find a native speaker who’ll help me practice conversation on Skype. But before I get there, I need to be capable of conversation. 

The good thing is that I’m teaching languages and I’ve learned a bunch of them already, so I know what works for me and how I learn. 

But please don’t expect miracles any time soon because there is so much memorization involved, and I’m not good with that at all.