By Carol Shaw World-renowned Ecuadorian artist Ramón Piaguaje often paints in bare feet. He closes his eyes from time to time, sometimes squinting to reduce his field of vision to a single spot on the canvas. His canvases can be quite large. His subject certainly is. Piaguaje paints the vast Amazon-basin forest where he was born and raised. Each brush stroke speaks with … [Read more...]
As 2018 comes to a close, we look back on a world separated by language barriers. Interpreters have been in the news. Every day, we enable communication at medical appointments, conferences, educational settings, judicial environments and human resources meetings, to name a few. All this has required that we take our responsibility seriously, be prepared, be impartial, be … [Read more...]
Love, Appreciation, and Affection
With Love, Appreciation and Affection The holidays always bring out the best in people; regardless of our beliefs, religious, and cultural background, it inspires us to give love, appreciation, and affection. It reminds us that there is always hope and a reason to celebrate the positive aspects of the year that it is about to end. Love 2017 was a year to remember … [Read more...]
Happy New Year!
The year is almost over and I must say that living thru the Thomas Fire definitely put a damper on the holiday season here in Santa Barbara. Breathing in smoke and watching the ash snowing down all around us was not the kind of white Christmas I had in mind! But with the tireless dedication of over 8500 brave firefighters, the largest fire in California’s history is finally … [Read more...]
Happy New Year!
Dear Colleagues, 2016 was a challenging year in many ways, at home and abroad. It was a year where we realized that there are many voices that need to be heard. A year that posed challenges to our ability to embrace that which is different. A year that showed us that self reflection and internal work is vital to bringing about the possibility of tolerance. Now … [Read more...]
Dear Colleagues, The Interpreters Division wishes you all a happy holiday season. May this time of the year fill your heart with gratitude for what you have and the people you love. May you find time to share with those less fortunate than you, and may 2017 bring much success to your interpreting careers. All the best from the Interpreters Division Leadership … [Read more...]
A Christmas Poem for Interpreters
(Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The teenagers sprawled all awry in their beds, While visions of skateboards caromed in their heads. And I with my headset and glossary too Had just settled in for a session or two. Telephonic interpreting seemed to make … [Read more...]