One Billion Rising Monterey

One Billion Rising Monterey.

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One Billion Rising Monterey

Join us on February 14, 2013, for One Billion Rising Monterey to stand up in a worldwide movement to decry violence against women.

If you’re not in the Monterey, CA area, check here for an event in your area.


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Wag ‘n Walk 2013

It’s that time again–I’m walking to raise money for our local SPCA animal shelter. Since this is where we adopted all three of our “children”, it’s close to my heart. If you’re in or around Monterey, join us for the walk! If not, please consider making a donation. Click on the
SPCA link, type in “Betsy” where it says “Find a Participant” and that will take you to my participant page where you can donate.

Thank you!

Zoe, Rico and Ozzy snuggled up together

Zoe, Rico and Ozzy snuggled up together

Rico hanging out with my SPCA mascot from last year, Pete the Cat

Rico hanging out with my SPCA mascot from last year, Pete the Cat

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Archaeological tour of Belize/Guatemala

Archaeological Tour of Belize And Guatemala Jan. 2013 Slideshow: Me’s trip to Guatemala was created with TripAdvisor TripWow!
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One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising

If you’re in the Monterey area on Valentine’s Day next month, please join us–dance, sing, march and let’s work to end violence against women!


Watch this short video:
Rise up!

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Rescued kitties!

Our local SPCA rescued over 50 cats from a horrible situation here on the peninsula–many kittens did not make it–but the survivors are doing great now. If you’re in the Monterey Peninsula area, think about adopting a kittie! 🙂

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Black Cat Rescue

I haven’t posted in ages, but this website caught my eye–I love my black kitties and love people who appreciate these special cats. Thank you to Jennifer Stott for starting in Boston.

…the Black Cat Rescue specializes in finding homes for so-called “unadoptable” cats. Since 2008, the effort has helped more than 200 kitties find their forever homes.

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SPCA Wag n Walk

I am passionately in support of animal shelters. There are so many abandoned animals needing care and good homes! I’ll be participating in the walk-a-thon put on by one of our local shelters, the SPCA of Monterey County. Please check out my personal page.

Our three beautiful rescue kitties all came from the SPCA, and if it wouldn’t cause chaos in our home, I’d adopt more!

Mom and kids

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So many good books, so little time….

From this interesting website:

Animation – Is That A Fish In Your Ear? – David Bellos from Penguin Books on Vimeo.

From what Manhattanese has in common with the Kuuk Thaayorre language of South Australia to why we don’t have a word for all things with chrome handlebars, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything dances across linguistic fascination, cultural history, and pure wit to deliver a unique meditation on mankind’s ever-evolving tango with global communication.

(review by Maria Popova)

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Found in Translation: new book

“Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World”, by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche. I’ve just pre-ordered this book from Amazon.

Book description:

Found in Translation reveals how translation affects virtually every aspect of life, by shining a light on translation and interpreting in some fun and unexpected places. From politics to food, from love to religion, the book is a light-hearted look at the role of translation in everyday life.

Jost Zetzsche writes “The Tool Box Newsletter: A computer newsletter for translation professionals”. In his latest edition, he writes about how excited he is to have his “labor of love” being published this year:

Never did I have that feeling of wanting to say something as strongly as I did last week, when Nataly Kelly’s and my labor of love — Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World — was listed at Amazon (including all the, .de, .ca, and editions of Amazon) for preorder. In my Twitter announcement of the book I said that this is going to be the year of translators and interpreters, and I think it just might be. Nataly and I are planning amazing things to promote the book and, more importantly, our professions (= you). You’ll hear much more about this in the next few months.

Oh, and the book? You’ll hear more about that as well, but here it is in super-condensed form: A collection of about 90 engaging stories about how translation and interpretation affect everything. Everything. From business to human rights to security to sex. Obviously you’ll love it – you’re a language professional, after all, and you’ll recognize your own efforts in some of the stories. But more importantly, the folks around you who are not in the language industry (family, friends, potential clients . . .) will eat it up because they will suddenly see the world with completely new eyes (and in the process finally understand what you actually do).

The release date is October 2, 2012–a good read to look forward to in the fall. 🙂

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