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What Does It Take?

When I read the comments to my post about an encounter I had in a California church, I was surprised by how many people asked, “What does it take to…

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Rosetta Stone for All the Family

There’s always something you forget to pack. For some people, it’s their toothbrush; for others, it’s their socks. Some people seem to pack everything except the kitchen sink, and I…

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The Old Mass, the New Sales

San Secondo d’Asti Catholic Church in Guasti, California, is one of the few churches to celebrate the old Tridentine Latin Mass. Not only is this extraordinary form still celebrated at…

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A Spanish Prayer

While visiting a quiet Catholic church in California with my girlfriend, I was turning to leave when a small voice from the only occupied pew called to me, “Excuse me,…

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Friends and Neighbours

Growing up bilingual, I was aware from a young age of “false friends.” Not the kind who borrow money and never pay you back, but words that look or sound…

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Resonance in Language

A recent visit to the Tate Modern’s Gauguin exhibit (recommended, if you can make it—it’s on until January 11, 2011) gave me the opportunity to learn a little more about…

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Latin Roots in Other Languages

I’d recently been looking up the Latin of some old prayers, including the Lord’s Prayer (2,000-plus years is pretty old, as prayers go!), and I still had the Latin fresh…

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The Other Philosopher’s Stone

Visiting the original Rosetta Stone at the British Museum here in London last weekend gave me a chance to think about how we all communicate across, despite, and sometimes because…

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