With all the talk of walls, fences, barriers and borders, interculturalists are awakened to the need to define culturally appropriate boundaries. Boundaries protect and identify. Boundaries serve as a liminal space between cultures that require negotiation. Many of us negotiate boundaries on a daily basis with such ease that we are barely aware we are doing […]
“People wonder why Jews are so funny,” Michael Wex writes about a third of his way through his book Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods. From the title and the play on words with “moods” as a grammatical nod all the way to the last chapter on death and […]
This week’s post is from BREANDEN BENESCHOTT – CO-FOUNDER / COO @ TOPTAL. This article provides some practical, real-time POV from a tech start-up COO shedding light on what life is like in the fast-paced world of 21st Century Tech Engineers with the nuts and bolts of exactly how he does it. Thanks to Irina Papuc and […]
The recent passing of Shimon Peres brings to mind a legacy he embodied – more of an enduring character trait – I like to call “stick-to-itiveness.” Juan Manuel Santos, recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, has also demonstrated this attribute in a long, drawn out process of peace negotiations with the leftist guerilla group known as […]
(I am posting this review of a book I just finished reading because I believe it provides a masterful example of cultural values — particularly those of land and language, and how they affect identity. I anticipate there will be more reviews as I read books, see movies and experience art that I will single out […]
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