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English Lesson to End All English Lessons

I’ve reached the one-year mark of my return to this side of my heart: the American side. It’s probably time to stop writing about my English lessons now (some time has elapsed since the last one) though I’m not certain I ever will. Because I am convinced nothing compares to living as an alien for a while. Nothing in my life has been more profound or affecting as traveling outside my citizenship’s safe, thick and high walls. And I know its effects will slip into my writing from now until always…

Touring My Hometown

After a year of traveling (that ended almost this day last year) in which I hopped cheap planes at the last minute to reach remote places like Santorini or Barbastro, I forgot how to find charm in the place least remote to me: my hometown of San Antonio, Texas. This past Labor Day weekend I got to bring four of the loveliest Nashville girls I know home with me. Two had never been to Texas and none had ventured into the vast cultural experience that is San Antonio. I did things I never would have done had I gone home…

What I Know Now

A couple of months ago I was assigned to write a story for ChristianityToday.com. What I knew then: There is a musician named Candy Christmas. She started a ministry for the homeless called The Bridge. She has an album coming out in August. She lives in Nashville. What I know now: There was a whole lot more to the story…

Keep It Classy: English Lesson 12

Class distinction was by far the most confusing, interesting and difficult lesson I learned in England. I’ve been hesitant to address this issue. Social class for many Western societies is a touchy subject, but as with this entire blog series, I’ll state my observations, not accusations. I believe after 11, 300-word posts I have earned the right the make definitive cultural declarations. So here’s the basic difference between the American and British class system: money versus blood. The U.S. defines class based on how much money you have. In the UK, your…

My Family's Travel Quirks

Let’s pretend I posted a new blog this week by giving you the link to a guest blog I wrote. http://ashley-chatterbox.blogspot.com/2010/07/lucado-family-travel-quirks.html My friend Ahsley is running a summer-themed guest-posting series on her fantastic blog, and here was my contribution. I hope to hear a few distant echos of “amen” after you read it. There’s something about traveling with a group of people you can be completely uninhibited with&#8230…

Couldn't Care Less: English Lesson 11

I’ll let David Mitchell in the below video do most of the talking for this English Lesson post. Thanks to my English native friend Ben who sent it to me with the blog in mind. I have always wondered why we say “I couldn’t care less”…. I especially love the part where he says “it’s an inflatable hover fort” (3:00). Phrases in England are different from ours. As are words spelled differently and pronounced funny, to me anyways. It was these subtleties that taught me British English rarely…

Link Time

A true blog post is brewing. You know, the ones where I write insightful things about feeling like a cavewoman as I attempt to go on dates via bicycle. But until then I’d like to share a couple of ministries I’ve come to love recently and hope you will too: revolvetour.com: Ok, I’m a little biased; my sister Jenna speaks on this tour, but it is changing the lives and hearts of teenage girls across the country. I don’t want to reveal too much, so just click and book your place…

He Fancies Me, He Fancies Me Not: English Lesson 10, Part II

I mentioned in Part I that I had much to learn about the English intricacies of dating because it’s just that: intricate. I’ll explain by contrasting it with the American rituals–a seeming polar opposite. In the States, any outsider can determine whether girl and boy like each other: Scenario A…Boy flirts with girl. Girl flirts back. Boy asks girl out. (Or reverse boy and girl role.) Scenario B…Boy flirts with girl. Girl does not flirt back. Boy moves on (hopefully). (Also can reverse gender role here.) A and B scenarios…

The Passenger Seat: A Father's Day Post

The above slideshow depicts various pictures from a recent trip my dad and younger sister, Sara, made to visit me (and James Taylor and Carole King) in Nashville. That week with my dad made me feel so adult: I chose the restaurants and activities, made reservations and suggested faster routes, I hosted for a few days and then dropped them off at the airport. But somehow despite the fact I’m 23 years old, have a job and an apartment, bills to pay, groceries to buy, a gym membership I try to make use of, whenever my dad comes…

He Fancies Me, He Fancies Me Not: English Lesson 10, Part I

I can’t resist. I have to retell the lessons I learned about dating in the UK. At the risk of getting too personal on my blog and at the risk of offending many a English male, this stuff was just too fascinating to glaze over as if it were not a part of my British experience. So fascinating it will necessitate a follow-up post. Unfortunately for the sake of this semi-sociological study I’ve conducted in the previous nine posts, I didn’t date any native British guys while in Oxford. (I’ll…