Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Note on Language

Languages are dying at an alarming rate. The tragedy of this is I think is not apparent to people in general. The death of a language seems akin to the death of a culture. Cultural groups are often defined by the language they speak. When a language dies, the oral traditions are forgotten. Folklore is lost, history fades. It is a sad thing.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cool Finnish Artist

I'm studying Finnish right now and my teacher just showed me her friend Anna's blog http://luumupuussa.blogspot.com/. She is from Oulu, Finland and her blog is in Finnish, but it's definitely worth checking out, her art is very fun.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Thanks everyone for your comments on my post, I started this thinking no one would probably even read it :) In response to the random comments on my last blog I thought I'd say a little bit about dancing. I've been dancing my whole life. One of my earliest memories is dancing around the house till I was sweaty and dehydrated before I even started kindergarten. I just moved to the music. My parents enrolled me in ballet classes when I was 4 but apparently I didn't deal well with the structure so that didn't last too long. My grandma taught me line dancing and some ballroom starting very young, and around the 6th grade I started belly dancing. I've taken a few jazz classes but for reasons I can't remember I dropped out. Nowadays I dance like crazy in my apartment and I've been out to clubs in seattle only a few times, but loved every minute of it. I love belly dancing because I can do it solo, but I love all forms of dance. I believe humans were meant to dance and we should all do it more often and more publicly.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


If you don't know me, I've had long hair my entire life. Last week it was about 24 inches long. With some encouragement from family and friends, and a sudden desire for a big change I got it cut very short. I was also able to donate my hair which was cool. It's amazing how much something as simple as a haircut can make you feel. Maybe it's the extra time in the morning since I don't have to spend hours washing and drying my hair, maybe it's simply the change in my appearance. Whatever it is, I feel good! So thanks everyone who pushed me into this :)