guatemala Archive

  • I can read all the exam preparation books and take all the practice tests in existence, but in the end, speaking English as a second language is my innate disadvantage. I just don't have the vocabulary that other Americans...

    The Captain Diaries: March 31, 2010

    I can read all the exam preparation books and take all the practice tests in existence, but in the end, speaking English as a second language is my innate disadvantage. I just don't have the vocabulary that other Americans...

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  • I got to see my nieces and nephews open their presents (and break the first one of the night!).  It was so very exciting... it was almost like being there with them! This completely opens the doors for future family gatherings.

    Wonderful Internet: A Christmas Story

    I got to see my nieces and nephews open their presents (and break the first one of the night!). It was so very exciting... it was almost like being there with them! This completely opens the doors for future family gatherings.

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  • So, what was the first thing I did?  Well, I walked out of that ceremony with my naturalization certificate in hand and headed straight home to fill out the most important applications of my life: FBI and NOAA Corps.

    My dreams unveiled: Robotics, FBI and NOAA Corps

    So, what was the first thing I did? Well, I walked out of that ceremony with my naturalization certificate in hand and headed straight home to fill out the most important applications of my life: FBI and NOAA Corps.

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  • Guatemalan classical and folk  music is probably not like anything you've heard before. Although there has been considerable Western influence from Spain, and modern popular music is much like popular styles in the U. S., Guatemalan music makes use of several native instruments....

    Music of Guatemala

    Guatemalan classical and folk music is probably not like anything you've heard before. Although there has been considerable Western influence from Spain, and modern popular music is much like popular styles in the U. S., Guatemalan music makes use of several native instruments....

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  • I'm back from Guatemala!  It was fun, and it was really great to see my family again.  It was the first time in many, many years that we could take a picture of the whole family together.

    My trip to Guatemala in 2009

    I'm back from Guatemala! It was fun, and it was really great to see my family again. It was the first time in many, many years that we could take a picture of the whole family together.

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  • But of all things, what was hardest yet to understand was how much my own parents were sacrificing to get me out of that dying world.  Growing up, it was easy to be blinded by the idea...

    Me and their world

    But of all things, what was hardest yet to understand was how much my own parents were sacrificing to get me out of that dying world. Growing up, it was easy to be blinded by the idea...

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  • I still wake up in the middle of the night thinking, if only their hearts could be heard. If only all victims of violence, greed and hate could tell their stories without fear of prosecution, the world would be a different place.

    If their hearts could be heard

    I still wake up in the middle of the night thinking, if only their hearts could be heard. If only all victims of violence, greed and hate could tell their stories without fear of prosecution, the world would be a different place.

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  • I found some ancient poems of mine, written in an ancient Spanish dialect spoken by twelve-year-old boys, sometime during the middle ages of schooling era in Guatemala. Most of them are, of course, about my crushes on girls. :)

    Cheers to 10+ years

    I found some ancient poems of mine, written in an ancient Spanish dialect spoken by twelve-year-old boys, sometime during the middle ages of schooling era in Guatemala. Most of them are, of course, about my crushes on girls. :)

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  • The book relates the Maya's tales of creation, conflicts both on Heaven and on Earth, and genealogy of the ancient people.

    The Voice of the Maya: The Popol Vuh Is Not Light Reading

    The book relates the Maya's tales of creation, conflicts both on Heaven and on Earth, and genealogy of the ancient people.

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  • An introduction to the numeric system developed by the Ancient Mayans of Central America. The Maya also invented the zero, independently of the Western world.

    The Voice of the Maya: Numeric System 101

    An introduction to the numeric system developed by the Ancient Mayans of Central America. The Maya also invented the zero, independently of the Western world.

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