Sunday, September 30, 2012

I'm Wearing Glittery Red Shoes (September 29, 2006)

Friday, September 29, 2006

I'm wearing glittery red shoes.

Sometimes I find myself on the streets of Madrid, clicking my heels together, saying, "There's no place like home; there's no place like home." There's nothing like being in that place where you feel like playdough squished between a preschoolers hand--warm, safe, fitting between the cracks and gaps, perfect in each little crevice. It's a great gift to be able to explore new corners of the world and to meet new, exciting, vibrant people full of character and interest. But something about that being known and metaphorically kicking back on the couch in silence, surrounded by the people you love, and the people that love you--it's beautiful. And really, this is just a minuscule feeling compared to that feeling of being known and loved by God. I have this part in Donald Miller's book, Searching for God Knows What, underlined --it's like two whole pages. I can't really share all of it, cuz I wanna make sure that we support the starving authors out there and buy a copy for ourselves, and not copy the whole thing on xanga, but here is just a clip, that makes me realize how much God really loves me, and how really He is the ultimate playdough holder.

"The circus, and I am talking about life now, really sucks. It feels like we all have these little acts, these stupid things we do that we all hang our hats on. The Fall has made monkeys of us, for crying out loud. . . . In this sense, as harsh as some of Jesus' words are, they are also beautiful and comforting. No more worrying about what an audience thinks, no more trying to elbow our way to the top. We have Him instead, a God who redeems our identity for us, giving us His righteousness. . . . Imagine how much a man's life would be changed if he trusted that he was loved by God? He could interact with the poor and not show partiality, he could love his wife easily and not expect her to redeem him, he would be slow to anger because redemption was no longer at stake, he could be wise with his money because money no longer represented points, he could give up on formulaic religion, knowing that checking stuff off a spiritual to-do list was a worthless pursuit, he would have confidence and the ability to laugh at himself, and he could love people without expecting anything in return. It would be quite beautiful, really."

Quite beautiful, indeed.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

I'm Wearing Glittery Red Shoes (September 29, 2006)

Friday, September 29, 2006

I'm wearing glittery red shoes.

Sometimes I find myself on the streets of Madrid, clicking my heels together, saying, "There's no place like home; there's no place like home." There's nothing like being in that place where you feel like playdough squished between a preschoolers hand--warm, safe, fitting between the cracks and gaps, perfect in each little crevice. It's a great gift to be able to explore new corners of the world and to meet new, exciting, vibrant people full of character and interest. But something about that being known and metaphorically kicking back on the couch in silence, surrounded by the people you love, and the people that love you--it's beautiful. And really, this is just a minuscule feeling compared to that feeling of being known and loved by God. I have this part in Donald Miller's book, Searching for God Knows What , underlined --it's like two whole pages (sorry Christy, it's in purple pen: I couldn't find a pencil). I can't really share all of it, cuz I wanna make sure that we support the starving authors out there and buy a copy for ourselves, and not copy the whole thing on xanga, but here is just a clip, that makes me realize how much God really loves me, and how really He is the ultimate playdough holder.

"The circus, and I am talking about life now, really sucks. It feels like we all have these little acts, these stupid things we do that we all hang our hats on. The Fall has made monkeys of us, for crying out loud. . . . In this sense, as harsh as some of Jesus' words are, they are also beautiful and comforting. No more worrying about what an audience thinks, no more trying to elbow our way to the top. We have Him instead, a God who redeems our identity for us, giving us His righteousness. . . . Imagine how much a man's life would be changed if he trusted that he was loved by God? He could interact with the poor and not show partiality, he could love his wife easily and not expect her to redeem him, he would be slow to anger because redemption was no longer at stake, he could be wise with his money because money no longer represented points, he could give up on formulaic religion, knowing that checking stuff off a spiritual to-do list was a worthless pursuit, he would have confidence and the ability to laugh at himself, and he could love people without expecting anything in return. It would be quite beautiful, really."

Quite beautiful, indeed.



Here's to being beautiful . . . .

Friday, September 28, 2012

NEW! Upcoming Classes

When I get to announce a new Spanish class I will offer, I feel like I did as a nine-year-old girl on Christmas morning--the anticipation nearly killing me. I bet you are that excited too, huh? After much searching, I have found two great textbooks for my next classes. Here is a sneak peek!


Adult Spanish for Professionals
Whether you work at a school, in the lawn & landscaping business, or in a cubicle, this 12-week course is for you. Designed specifically with working professionals in mind, this course helps adult students jump right in and begin practicing new vocab and phrases in the workplace.
Registration Fee: $35
Cost: $30/month
Day&Time: Meets Mondays, 6-7pm
Dates: Class begins November 12, 2012


"Mommy & Me" Spanish/Toda la familia
This course teaches Spanish with fun as the main objective. Families can learn Spanish together beginning with the "grammar stage" of learning. Learn Spanish through songs, fun, games, and stories. Start speaking Spanish as a family from week one! (This class also travels to play groups, day cares, co-ops, or church groups upon request!)
Registration Fee: $35
Cost: $45/month (per family)
Day&Time: Session I meets Mondays 11am-12pm
Session II meets Mondays 5pm-6pm
Dates: Class Begins November 5, 2012

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art | Current Exhibitions

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art | Current Exhibitions

Just a reminder, everyone!  I just spoke with someone at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to find out more about this event...Jan Schall is the contemporary curator for the Museum and apparently she gives great talks.  Her talk this month will be in gallery P27 on October 19 from 7-8pm.  The event is FREE!!  All you have to do is show up at the right time, walk to gallery P27, and enjoy a great talk about Spanish painter Goya and American artist Chagoya.  I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Spanish Artists & Day of the Dead

Kansas City is home to one of the best FREE art museums in the world--the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  Here are a few of the upcoming events they have planned centered around Spanish art & artists, and Day of the Dead.

October 19, 2012--Curator Jan Schall gives a talk on Spanish painter Francisco Goya and American artist Enrique Chagoya. 7-8pm

November 4, 2012--Celebrate Day of the Dead through music, dance, art and demonstrations.  1-4pm.

November 4, 2012--El grupo folklorico Atotonilco performs for Day of the Dead.  2:15-3pm.  FREE, but tickets required.

November 9, 2012--Curator Jan Schall presents Who is Picasso?  7-8pm.

Also check out Visions of Mexican Art at Union Station.  This exhibit runs from September 15 through November 11, 2012 and includes artists such as Rivera, Tamayo, and Iturbide.  Open Tuesday-Friday 9:30am-4pm (open late Fridays until 9pm), Saturdays 9:30am-5pm, and Sundays Noon-5pm.  The cost is FREE with a suggested donation. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Medical Spanish Chapter Two

We just finished up chapter two last week for Medical Spanish.  Here is a link to the PowerPoint from last week's class for review!

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/101940813/PowerPoint%20Chapter%20Two.pptx

El metro y el bus (September 21, 2006)

Six years ago this fall I transplanted myself to the city of Madrid to study abroad for the semester.  I have been re-posting some of my old blog entries from then.  Here is one from September 21, 2006 after my first week of classes.  Thinking back to those first few weeks in Madrid, I remember my brain hurting so much from having to think all the time--learning new words, constantly translating things in my head, trying to express myself in a foreign tongue (and usually failing), adjusting to a new culture, a new time schedule.  Everything there felt so different from home . . . but apparently this day had a bright spot of feeling more comfortable and adjusted. 

Thursday, September 21, 2006

El Metro y el bus

You know, when you're able to navigate your way through a big city, there's this feeling that just warms up your insides. Yesterday was an "I miss home" day, but today--that's a different story. Actually, it started yesterday afternoon. I was just really proud of myself, cuz I took the metro and I really felt comfortable, like I knew what I was doing. Then today, I actually took some of the buses around UCM (the campus of Madrid's university) today and found my way around. I had to go to the campus bookstore to buy a book for my Spanish Theatre class. The book wasn't there, but I had a fun adventure seeing the campus on my own. Like, there were Spanish students studying, I talked to what I think was a professor (I was asking him for directions, and he chatted a bit), I saw some classes in session, I just got to see better the life of a Spanish student at UCM (Universidad Complutense Madrid). On the bus home, I met a guy from Germany who's going to be studying in France this semester. He was asking me directions in Spanish, but I couldn't answer him, so we spoke in English. Can you imagine? Four languages!! Incredible. I actually got stopped three times for directions today! It makes me feel like, I look like I know what I'm doing which is good, but then I open my mouth and they know I have no idea. But atleast I won't be mistaken for a lost tourist that's an easy pick-pocket job. Anyways, just thought I'd share my excitement of becoming accustomed to living in this city; it's a good feeling. And my first week of classes is out of the way. Yess. One down, lots to go. Hasta . . .

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

While We're Reminiscing...

My usual pastry of choice (scone) and a
chocolate napolitana (my pastry of choice while
in Spain!)
My husband likes to surprise me with pastries every now-and-then for me to have with my morning cup of joe.  Yesterday he unknowingly bought me a piece of nostalgia to eat--a napolitana.  (His timing could not have been more perfect, as yesterday morning I had just resurrected my old blog from my semester in Spain.)  You see, when I lived abroad in Madrid and walked to classes each morning, I always passed by a panadería run by a friendly Guatemalan woman.  If you know me, you know I cannot resist any item from the genus of pastries; therefore, one important stop in my mornings abroad--somewhere after getting dressed and before buying a café con leche in the IES student cafe--was buying a napolitna from my local panadería.  As much as I missed home while studying in Madrid, I would not mind transporting myself there again just to take another stroll through my Moncloa neighborhood. 

Check back in a few days from now to read another entry from six years ago.  And while you wait, go buy an espresso maker (if you do not own one already), grab a chocolate napolitana from Panera (unless you know of a better place to find one), follow the café con leche instructions from the link above, and sample a small taste of Spain with me.             

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Need a Spanish Tutor?

Well, we are officialy in full swing for the school year...teachers pile on the homework, a quiz greets you everywhere you turn, projects have approaching due dates, new information and facts make your head swim, and extracurricular activities start to require more and more time and attention.  If you are taking Spanish and feeling overwhelmed, do not let the work get ahead of you--hire a tutor today!  Studying a foreign language can be very difficult, but I believe anybody can be succesful at it if they have the right study methods and skills.  Click here to read ten reasons why hiring a tutor is a great way to find success in the classroom.  I would love to work with you, or a student you know, to help them find and build a set of language-study skills and tools that will make them feel successful in his or her Spanish studies. 

Contact me at learntospeakspanish@yahoo.com to find out more about scheduling your first tutoring session today!

Turn this . . .

. . . into this!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Princess of SER

Oh man!  I just had to share this one today....For anyone who ever watched The Fresh Prince of Bel Air....or anyone trying to learn the verb SER.  If only we could learn every Spanish lesson to this tune--then we would never forget anything!  (And we would not only speak Spanish, we would be cool.)  Happy SERing!