This is primarily a travel blog in which I write about traveling in our motorhome. Our travels have

Nacogdoches, TX, United States
I began this blog as a vehicle for reporting on a 47-day trip made by my wife and me in our motorhome down to the Yucatan Peninsula and back. I continued writing about our post-Yucatan travels and gradually began including non-travel related topics. I often rant about things that piss me off, such as gun violence, fracking, healthcare, education, and anything else that pushes my button. I have a photography gallery on my Smugmug site (

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"No Hablo Inglés"

As everyone knows, Texas is home to an extremely large Hispanic population with Nacogdoches (where I live) being no exception.  At times, communications between Anglos and Hispanics can be problematic because most of those (me included) residing in Texas are not fluent in both the English and Spanish languages (I even know some Anglos that aren’t fluent in English!)

Due to this communications problem, it is not unusual to hear a remark such as, “They should learn our language!” (This can go either way!).  In an effort to help, ESL (English as a Second Language) is taught in the churches and community centers of many cities and towns throughout Texas.  As a matter of fact, there is just such a church in Nacogdoches.  On its front lawn stands a large sign that reads, “ENGLISH CLASSES FOR ADULTS.”  Every time I pass by that church and see the sign I get the same weird thought, “Shouldn’t the sign be in Spanish?”

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