What’s in a name? Yosemite

This summer I was finally able to climb Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is probably my favorite national park because of the magnificent views and great variety of hiking opportunities. And going up into the mountains is an excellent way to escape oppressive summer heat. This summer was a little different from my previous trips because the landmark names have changed because of a contract dispute. The Ahwahnee

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Lef- or lieu-tenant?

I was watching the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice this weekend because I fear the heat of summer is not far off and I wanted to get one last dose of hot tea and drizzle. But then I was distracted by the British accents. Particularly the pronunciation of “lieutenant” as “lef”-tenant. Where did that come from? I know the British do weird things to r’s, but that “f”? Where

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“Singular” they?

“Singular they” was the American Dialect Society’s pick for word of the year for 2015. I’ve been a big proponent of singular they ever since I realized it was a systematic thing I do. “Singular” they is not really grammatically singular, but it’s used to refer to a semantically singular person. Most people use this in conversation and don’t even notice. It’s used in sentences like “When I teach someone

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Seeker’s Class on the Bible and Translation starts today

I’m leading this month’s Seeker’s Class (adult sunday school) at my church, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. We are going to have a discussion about what the Bible is, the challenges inherent in any translation project, and how we can evaluate and use the English Bible translations available today. The class meets at 9:30 on Sundays, normally in the Founder’s Room, but this week we are going to meet

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Cloth Poster Review

I tried out a cloth poster for the first time at NELS so I wouldn’t have to deal with a poster tube on the flight. It went great! I used the custom fabric printing company Spoonflower. I printed my poster on one yard of their “performance knit” fabric at 300dpi. The printing was crisp and did not fade or stain, even though they dropped my bag in a puddle at

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