Hunaniaeth o’ch Dewis

Read this post in English here. Yn sgil sylwadau angharedig yn newyddion diweddar y Deyrnas Unedig, mae’r iaith Gymraeg wedi bod yn bwnc o ddiddordeb cyhoeddus, ac oherwydd taw Mawrth 1af yw Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant, dw i wedi cael fy symbylu i feddwl am hunaniaeth Gymreig. Ni fyddaf yn anrhydeddu’r sylwadau yna gyda dolenniContinue reading “Hunaniaeth o’ch Dewis”

The Identity You Choose

Darllenwch y post yma yn Gymraeg. Thanks to some unkind commentary in the UK news recently, the Welsh language has been a topic of interest, and as March 1 will be St David’s Day (the national holiday of Wales), I’ve been prompted to think about Welsh identity. I won’t dignify the aforementioned “unkind commentary” withContinue reading “The Identity You Choose”

The Gods Return

An original poem. we see it first from afarthe shadow on Saturnsliding across smooth rings a glimpseof a puck on ice eyes and telescopespeer, strain, squint, probeto bring the Distantclose as thought on every screenthe explainersdispel the mystery no, it can’t be naturalthe shape is too regulartoo perfect, and Natureworks in fractals it must knowContinue reading “The Gods Return”

What We Think About When We Think About Thinking

In my philosophy classes in college, I was particularly intrigued by the philosophy of mind, especially the mind-body problem and the qualia problem (the latter also known as “the hard problem of consciousness”). Recognizing that the brain is a physical organ that is implicated in what we observe to be mental processes, the mind-body problemContinue reading “What We Think About When We Think About Thinking”

Introducing the Welsh Tattoo Handbook

In my last post I talked a bit about my history with the Welsh language, why I speak it, and about getting the chance to write a book, but I didn’t go into great detail on the book itself. I’d like to give a shout out to the Geeky Gaeilgeoir for inspiring me to doContinue reading “Introducing the Welsh Tattoo Handbook”

Pam dw i’n siarad Cymraeg

Read this post in English here. Dw i’n siarad Cymraeg. Dw i’n ei siarad er gwaetha byw yn yr Unol Daleithiau. Mae’r rhan fwyaf o bobl — gan gynnwys pobl Gymreig — yn synnu ar hyn. Fe ddechreuais astudio’r Gymraeg pan oeddwn i yn y prifysgol. Fe ges i set o CDs a dechrau gwrandoContinue reading “Pam dw i’n siarad Cymraeg”

Why I Speak Welsh

Darllenwch y post yma yn Gymraeg. I speak Welsh. I do this even though I’m from the United States. Most people — including Welsh people — are surprised by this. I first started studying Welsh when I was in grad school. I got one of those sets of CDs and started listening to them inContinue reading “Why I Speak Welsh”

The Meanings of Life

Awhile back I was introduced to an idea from Hinduism, namely the idea of four discrete life stages, or ashramas. These are defined in the context of what are considered to be the four proper goals for human life, the puruṣārthas. Obviously there are cultural specificities wrapped up in the traditional definitions of these goalsContinue reading “The Meanings of Life”