A Good Beginning

The theme for this week’s meeting of the Elabuga English Club was “English Proverbs,” and the proverb I was asked to explain sums up these first few weeks. “The first blow is half the battle,” accurately describes the front-loaded nature of adapting to a new culture, job, and social group simultaneously. These first few weeksContinue reading “A Good Beginning”

‘Tis Time, My Friend, ‘Tis Time

‘Tis time, my friend, ‘tis time! For rest the heart is aching- The first line of my favorite Pushkin poem has faithfully rhythmed in my mind day after day with increasing intensity as graduation has drawn near. I have savored these words like a piece of butterscotch candy through every brain-aching, burnt-out final paper. IContinue reading “‘Tis Time, My Friend, ‘Tis Time”

Letters to a Striving Daughter

Romans 7:23 But I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner  of the law of sin at work within me. Dear daughter, it wasn’t long ago that I watched you in the kitchen, raspberry mop top framing your distressed face as youContinue reading “Letters to a Striving Daughter”

For Whom the Bell Doesn’t Toll

This piece was published in the spring 2013 issue of the Vox Populi, a publication of Gordon College.      A brassy peal emanates from the corner of campus, spreading its eerie power in a shockwave throughout Gordon’s domain. For just a second, the campus stops. Chemistry majors look up from their lab work, soccerContinue reading “For Whom the Bell Doesn’t Toll”

A Taste of Russia

Gordon College doesn’t offer Russian, so when I received a grant to promote Russian language study at my school, I was elated. As many of you know, Russian language is one of my greatest passions, and I will jump at any opportunity to share my excitement with others. The Critical Language Scholarship, the program throughContinue reading “A Taste of Russia”