Translation Choices

I’ve been reading The Hunger Games in translation to Arabic. I’ve never read it before, so it’s quite entertaining.  A few pages in I encountered a reference to an animal I wasn’t familiar with. It appeared to be a barnyard animal, like a pig, from the setting and description. But it was called حيوان مقزز.…

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Language Learning in the Body

This is a cross-post from the website Arabiclanguage.me, which Kifah and I produce together.  Visit the original post for the dual language version! Language Learning In the Body The first two phases of learning a language are listening and speaking. These are physical activities and need to be practiced that way. Much as you do…

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Daily Writing and Daily Habits

I took most of August off from writing here, being wrapped up as I was with various other types of editing, folding, and unfolding of projects. I’m back, with a several-times-per-week post schedule. This year has been about two personal objectives: the first being a restructuring of my thought patterns towards more positivity and optimism.…

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New Family Portraits

When I answered questions for this online piece from T Magazine, I realized that Daniel and I desperately needed some decent headshots and good quasi-professional couple photos. So we plied friend Ryan with wine to press the button, and made some nice pictures.

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Leveling up.

Compromise is a weak position. Relationships based on compromise usually fail. The only position worth aiming for is win-win. Yet we settle for compromise far too often. Our entire political system is built on compromise (and results in pork barrel bills.) (I deliberately do not write about politics, so that’s as far as I’ll go…

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Language on Airplanes

Daniel and I spent a weekend in Montreal recently, at the North American Polyglot Symposium (NAPS) -basically a group of people who are really into learning languages.  Conor Quinn, of Portland renown, gave a really excellent presentation called How to Not Speak English (he’s launching a book soon of the same title.)  In his talk, he…

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The Chrysalis Phase

Once I wrote those words about speaking less they just acted like a magic spell: everything has shifted into a chrysalis phase.  Which is quite pleasant, and very appropriate for travel. We’ve been in beautiful Montreal at the North American Polyglot Symposium (you know, #NAPS).  I like these people. And I’m posting more on-the-go on snapchat 👻…

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Algorithmic Sorting

When facebook changed their feed algorithm, I stopped finding the platform interesting. (circa 2014.) I never was a serious twitter user.  I have a new account and only follow a handful of people, so their algorithm change hasn’t affected me much. I woke up the other day to the obvious flaw of the instagram algorithm change: pictures sixteen…

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On Speaking Carefully

I went to a vegan restaurant once in Los Angeles: the chef was well-known for having taken a vow of silence many years prior. How he ran his restaurant, I don’t know; but it is a compelling story. How does one speak less without making the lives of those around you more complicated? Speech is…

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Books on Creativity

There are a few good books I’ve read about creativity. The first, which I read at a young and impressionable age, is called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I was fifteen or sixteen when I read it, old enough to understand what it was hinting at, but young enough to not have struggled with…

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Creativity in Compressed Time

Busyness feels not great for creative practice. Most forms of creative output really do take time: to write something down, to fully explore an idea, to make anything. Daniel recently got hooked on speed chess- three minute games. This is a good metaphor for how to deal with creative practice when you are too busy…

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Efficient.

Been a busy week full of life-maintenance projects. So here’s a little snapchat video of my efficient exercise program when we don’t have time to climb. ​​

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Adjectives for Social Networks

snapchat = intimate instagram = beautiful facebook = practical twitter = witty (or, adjectives for success on various platforms) Daniel has been going down this thought experiment of comparing snapchat to chess and instagram to checkers, but I don’t really know what all that is about.

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The Summer Sale

It’s here- the biggest sale we do all year. Take 40% off orders at brookthere.com – details in pic! Also- friend me on snapchat (@brookthere) for a behind the scenes look at design life !

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Design Process: A Series

This is how I design: I imagine something I want, and then make versions of it until I get it right. After that, it can be prepped for production if that makes sense. Right now, I’m designing summer dresses that can be worn in professional situations (i.e. no spaghetti straps.)  My design goals always are…

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Language Learning without Immersion

Learning a language without immersion is about accumulating hours. The more time you can sneak in within the target language, the better. Some tips and tricks: Computer Operating System This is an oldy but a goody, and well worth it: set your computer operating system up in your target language. Especially with foreign alphabets or…

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In the flow

Since I’m new to snapchat I’m just going to cross-post here for a couple days. Be my friend: username brookthere Like my writing? Please friend me on snapchat for a real behind the scenes @brookthere or follow this blog by email – click that follow button in the lower right corner!

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