My TEDx Talk

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Back in February, I gave a TEDx Talk on Dracula and Multilingualism. The video was supposed to be uploaded to the internet in April, but the technical crew got behind. It happens to the best of us. I will not hold it against them.


Yours truly on the TEDx stage at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Five months later, in the middle of September, the videos finally got edited and uploaded. All the talks are interesting to me, even though I may not agree with everything being said. It’s about ideas worth spreading. Exploring new thoughts and concepts keeps you sharp.

Looking back on the experience, I can see I learned a lot while putting together my own talk, refining it, and learning it by heart. It was stressful at the time, but worth it. Continue reading »

The most important thing I learned was that I could not do it with my husband and children present. It was like the part of my brain that deals with them took over the part that handled the presentation and I could not recall anything.

It was during the rehearsals that everything was going fine until my husband and children stepped into the auditorium. I could not remember anything anymore, though I tried. I finally told them they would have to wait in the green room. And we knew that on the day of the actual presentation they would have to be out of sight.

Before I had children, I thought women without a career outside the home were simply not motivated enough or ambitious enough or, maybe, they just lacked professional skills. Now that I am a mother, I know that those of us who choose to stay home and focus on the children (1) have that choice and (2) want that choice.

It was fun to present a TEDx Talk, but it was even more fun to learn about myself and to have a memory to share with my children and husband after the fact. They drove me in and then they picked me up, after they had fun in Knoxville on their own. And now there’s a video they can watch of what they missed. It’s all good.

Dracula and Multilingualism

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On February 20, 2016 I gave a TEDx UTK talk on Dracula and Multilingualism. It was a lot of fun to write, re-write, and memorize this talk. I got really nervous the week before the event, but I survived to tell the story.

The video is being edited and will be available in about one month. Once it gets uploaded to YouTube and the TED website I will let you know.

TEDx UTK Rehearsals

The night before the event, we rehearsed one more time. With Katie Lou Rogers, the coordinator, who was giving me the latest details.

It was really cool to work with UT students – the kind of young people I did not think existed anymore. They were professional, focused, and gave it their all in putting this event together. The coordinator, Katie Lou Rogers, was really helpful and made me feel at home during the rehearsals and the actual event.

This is the third annual TEDx UTK event and it was held at McClung Museum of Natural History. My husband took the kids to the Muse while I was busy with my TEDx event. They came with me to the first rehearsal and I just could not focus with them in the audience. We decided it was going to be too emotional for me with them in the room.  Continue reading »

It surprised me, because I did not know that about myself. I spoke at a couple of local homeschool conferences last summer with my children in the audience and had no problems. But I think this event was slightly different. It was filmed and I was reciting six pages I had learned by heart. I needed to be “in the zone.”

We learn something new about ourselves every day, don’t we? Now that the event is behind me, I feel so relieved. Thank God it went well.


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On February 20, 2016 I will give a TEDx talk at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The venue chosen for this year is the McClung Museum of Natural History. There will be two sessions, morning and afternoon. I speak in the morning.

The event is sold out as of yesterday. They will stream it live and they will also upload the talks to YouTube afterwards. I will get back with you and give you the links when it is all said and done.


TEDx UTK is an independently organized event in the style of TED talks you may be familiar with from YouTube and their own site.

My talk is “Dracula and Multilingualism.” I will show how multilingualism can open doors and take you places, the connection between Dracula and multilingualism, as well as the connection between me and Dracula.  Continue reading »

The other talks sound really intriguing to me. I look forward to sitting in the audience and taking them all in. This is a complex event, which covers several disciplines.

I am getting nervous about it, so please remember me in your prayers all through this week. I would really appreciate your support in that way. I am passionate about language learning and I don’t want my message to be obscured by a poor delivery. I am doing my part by rehearsing my speech every day. Last week, I rehearsed it on location and got familiar with the technology we would use. Everything went well, but I need to do a good job on the day of the actual event. You know how it is… When they say your name, that’s when you are supposed to show up and do your thing. That’s what matters in the end.