Absurdities #5

By Eilene Lyon I just love signs written by people who don't speak the language they're writing in. They are so frequently unintentionally funny! It doesn't matter what language they speak or what language they're writing in - I just happen to "get" the ones written in English. But maybe someday this sign will be... Continue Reading →

“Can You Read Me Now?”

By Eilene Lyon Reading handwritten documents is a critical part of genealogical and historical research.  The debate about teaching children to write cursive is ongoing.  The question for me is, “Can you read cursive writing without learning how to do it yourself?” I believe the answer is “Yes.” I quit writing cursive as soon as... Continue Reading →

The Ugly American Syndrome

By Eilene Lyon Ponte Vecchio, Firenze, Italia (2011) The gold rush period in California was probably the greatest mash-up of languages and cultures since Babel.  People, literally from around the globe, converged in a small area on the western coast of America, all with the express purpose of getting rich. The southern mines were particularly... Continue Reading →

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