Ilze Larsen: Second-Career Shepherd

Growing up in Latvia is tough in any century. If it wasn't being overrun by the Poles, Swedes, and Germans, it was being crushed by Soviet oppression. This led to floods of Latvian refugees to the United States in the 1940s and 50s. Decades later, the aging Latvian Lutheran congregations needed a fresh supply of pastors for their churches.  Enter Ilze Larsen, former cellist and newly ordained minister from the Baltic. Listen as Ilze tells of the feisty fortitude that still characterizes her people 5,000 miles from their homeland.

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.