just random thoughts while in Aachen

I’ve been in Aachen Germany for two days…missing my family. For one reason or another, we didn’t succeed in talking on the phone yesterday. So I tried again this morning, and it was a breath of fresh air to hear the sound of their voices. Aachen is an amazing city with tons and tons of history. From what I understand, around 800 AD this was Charlemaignes primary seat of power for all of Europe.

There are only 1 or 2 million books on my reading list these days. To quote Laci, “so many books, so little time.” One that I have just cracked open and am quite excited about is “Slaughterhouse 5” by Kurt Vonnegut. I think it is a book which you must be prepared to read. I also think it is a book that makes you think about language and the use of words.

Language is such an amazing phenomenon. There’s nothing more fixed, sure, and concrete than grammar (though all grammars do seem to leak a little over time), yet there is something infintely changeable about language. Through poetry, story, and oral tradition, there are innumerable ways to piece together words, ideas, meanings, and messages. Language is alive.