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Making endearing relationships abroad

My dearest friend (and Zumba teacher) Chuby Andia Gonzalez just celebrated her birthday on Monday and invited me to join her friends and family for he… 623 more words

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Doctoral dissertation data collection: A test of a graduate student's patience

I am diligently trying to collect the Part II data for my mixed methods research study and it has been very slow going.  Getting people to complete surveys in this day and age is getting a lot tougher to do, in my opinion.  192 more words

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Wanna see a dead body?

I know that probably seems like a pretty odd title for a blog post. It’s from a scene in the movie “Boyz in the Hood”. The the price of this coffee in Chile struck me as a scary, mysterious, and seemingly (should be) a forbidden phenomenon (mirroring the reaction of the children in the movie) from my American perspective. 568 more words

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Super Monkey brings joy to everyone in the office.

I saw this “flingshot” toy on Amazon.com when I was in the US and said to myself, “José must have this!!”  I love the folks in my office.  192 more words

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Tercera Misión a Chile (Third Mission to Chile)

I have packed up my US life for the next four months in order to return to Chile.  The survey data collection has been slow going, but I have plans to “turn-up” in Chile and get my data.  399 more words

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Prepping for my return to Chile: Where did September go?

Sheesh!!  I have very little idea what has been going on in the world/life outside of my dissertation lately.  I have been frantically trying to meet with my committee chair and research methodologist (mission accomplished on both scores) prior to my departure for Chile… 900 more words

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