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Agents of Hope

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 12.24.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

We live in an age in which the attack on language is endemic; an age in which techniques like the filibuster have been used to effect mass dysfunction in governance and prevent people from talking to one another.

How to Say Happy Holidays in ASL

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

There are an estimated half million people in the United States who use American Sign Language as their primary form of communication. This year, let's work together to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds!

Smart Shopping: How to Spend Money and Feel Great Long-Term

Miriam Ava | Posted 12.16.2014 | Money
Miriam Ava

By now most of us have realized and put into practice that saving and investing money is vital to achieving financial fitness; so then, what's the smartest way to spend the money you choose to spend?

A Chance Encounter Left Me Thinking...

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

I fear the anger that this little boy may develop -- for him, for the adults in his life, and for the community. In this holiday season, wouldn't it be amazing if we appreciated our children -- the very best gift of all?

What This Gay Atheist Learned From Being an Evangelical Christian

Chris Sosa | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Chris Sosa

After a few years outside the isolation of an Evangelical community, these are values I find most lacking in the mainstream and would pass on to others who are still building their own identities.

Will Google Pluto Berlitz?

Steve Leveen | Posted 12.03.2014 | Technology
Steve Leveen

I find myself on a quest to learn how bilingualism might become the norm in America rather than the exception. That is, how most Americans might speak English plus another language of their choice. It seems clear that technology will play a role in accomplishing that transformation.

Learning From Shakespeare: Harnessing The Power of Brand Language in an Overvisualized World

Dr. Alexander Haldemann | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Dr. Alexander Haldemann

By inventing a new and consistent way of speaking, you can connect with your customers in a human way that makes them look forward to interacting with you - a key to driving brand engagement and loyalty.

6 Ways to Develop Early Vocabulary Skills

R.C. Liley | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
R.C. Liley

When you start life as an at-home parent your infant, silence is inevitable and expected. Sure, there's crying and cooing, but unless you're caring for other kids at the talking age, you have no one to actually converse with when at home.

Lawsuit Alleges 911 Dispatchers Were Told They 'Speak Ghetto'

Reuters | Elizabeth Daley | Posted 11.23.2014 | Black Voices

PITTSBURGH, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Three minority women are suing a Pittsburgh 911 dispatch center where they worked, alleging that sexual harassment and ...

5 French Phrases That Will Save You Money When Traveling In France

EuroCheapo | Posted 12.08.2014 | Travel
EuroCheapo

So you're feeling like you've mastered the "bonjours" and "mercis"? Maybe it's time to kick it up a notch. Sometimes in Paris, hand signals don't always work when you are shopping or dining in a café.

Talking to Aliens

Seth Shostak | Posted 11.14.2014 | Science
Seth Shostak

Unless Earth is special beyond reason, you can confidently assume there are plenty of societies out there. That doesn't mean that they'll come to Earth (or, as many believe, already have). Interstellar travel, despite what you've seen at the local multiplex, is hard. But we could easily get in touch via radio signals or flashing laser lights.

Language Access Key to Keeping Health Care Doors Open to All

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

For many, though, even that wasn't enough, and the federal exchange sent out notices requiring more documentation. However, the full notices were sent only in English and Spanish, without warnings in other languages indicating that recipients' health insurance was at stake.

7 Things to Know About Native American Languages

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 11.08.2014 | Impact
Colleen M Fitzgerald

The month of November is Native American Heritage Month. A recent editorial by Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, suggests that "the vast majority of Americans have a limited -- and often mistaken -- understanding of Native American history."

Dads Spending Time on Baby, Not Baby Talk

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Fathers want to step up at home when it comes to caring for their children. But stepping up involves speaking up -- to their babies, which they may be less likely to do, according to a new study just published in the December 2014 issues of Pediatrics.

Let's Stop Using Mental Illnesses As Figures Of Speech

Rebecca Fuoco | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Fuoco

Using names or acronyms of mental illnesses to hyperbolize innocuous idiosyncrasies and experiences has become pervasive in our cultural dialogue. It is important we end this trend, because making these flippant references trivializes how devastating the illnesses can be and perpetuates myths and misunderstandings.

Inquire Before You Accuse

Tiffany O. Silver | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Tiffany O. Silver

Being fortunate to work worldwide with various people over the years, I've found there's a common denominator either leading people to their own demis...

Troubled #hearts -- in 140 Characters

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.20.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that aggregate Twitter patterns might also be revealing in some useful way? Could Twitter offer snapshots of communities as well as individuals? A team of scientists has been exploring this possibility.

Round Two Will Be Even Harder

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

A mere four weeks lie ahead of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) second open enrollment period and all eyes are on Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell to avoid the glitches that plagued efforts last fall.

Autism and Literacy: Making the Unique an Everyday Occurrence

Dr. Marion Blank | Posted 12.14.2014 | Education
Dr. Marion Blank

We will know that we have succeeded when the headlines about non-verbal children achieving literacy stop because it is no longer news and all children on the spectrum have mastered this vital skill.

At What Age Can You Teach a Global Mindset?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 12.06.2014 | Education
Amelia Friedman

You can't just take your kid on a vacation to Spain and consider your work done, nor can you sign up for a language course during sophomore year of college and check "global mindset" off your to-do list. Developing a global mindset should begin before birth and continue for a lifetime.

Why I Want My Daughter To Curse

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I'm not ready for Sienna to have her mom's sailor mouth, but eventually, when she's a teen, I don't want her to be afraid of speaking the language of her classmates and once she reaches adulthood, I hope to be ready for her to speak such words in my presence as part of normal conversation because the reality is that cursing is ordinary and sometimes, often even, acts as a release for pent up stress.

Can Language Learning Help You Achieve Your Dreams?

Amelia Friedman | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Amelia Friedman

Learning a language can do so much for us both personally and professionally, so let's learn languages. But first, let's think about how learning a language will help us achieve our life goals.

My 'Aha' Education Moment

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.30.2014 | Latino Voices
Marco Cáceres

I was told by the legislative director that I had one day to write the memo and provide a recommendation on how the senator should vote and why. In other words, I had to become an expert on the subject in one day.

Leaving Italy, Sort of ...

Paula H. Noe | Posted 11.29.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

My body may have left Italy, but my mind hasn't. I am so very very happy I went and I am so very very happy to be back 'home'. My year in Italy was truly a life-changing event in so many ways....

The 7-Letter Word

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 11.29.2014 | Comedy
Mitch Ditkoff

Like all great games, works of genius, love affairs, and near death experiences, there is a defining moment, in Scrabble, that reigns supreme -- one existential, moon howling, Job-in-the-belly-of-the-whale moment that, metaphorically speaking, I imagine was at least partially responsible for Van Gogh cutting off his ear.