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What city, and country are you from originally?
Sun River, MT
What are you doing/plans here?
gun slinger
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I come haunts of coot and hern.
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Lost in Translation II

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 14:30 9 Comments

Robert Frost said, “Poetry is what gets lost in translation.”  When something is translated, phrases tend to get rendered down, curtailed, simplified.  Still, even in translation, some new voice is asserting its own flair, knuckling its own spin into a basic meaning.

One morning earlier this week, avoiding the lessons in my Chinese text book, I stumbled onto a daily affirmation site, and I tried to translate a bit into Chinese.  I asked Mandy to check it over, and then I posted it and…


Lost in Translation

Posted on July 21, 2012 at 7:53 7 Comments

A little experiment:  I translated a daily affirmation, with a little help, into Chinese.  I hope some Chinese speakers will translate it back into English.  Then I would like to post the original with the new translations.  Please translate!


Fin's book in Ferney's artwork.

Posted on July 8, 2012 at 11:42 13 Comments

It's surreal; it's mysteriously mind-bending; its out on Amazon with Ferney's art work: Angels, Delirium Liberty.  I REALLY need reviews!  If you would like to do one, I'll give you one of the old copies for free.

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At 5:45am on April 11, 2013, CCF Beijing gave Fin MacDonald a gift
At 6:44 on February 21, 2013, CCF Beijing said…
Its a "go", Fin.
Take a look:
He looks like an interesting guy. Good to see so many foreigners living in China and with their own published work - beginning to feel a bit left out! If Fin wants to write for us that would be great - just pass on my details or send me over his and I'll get in touch. His Sichuan piece was very good.
On 19 February 2013 21:04, Jeffrey Walsh a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">> wrote:
This is good. I think you will like it.
Bana arkada n söyle, sana kim oldu unu söyleyeyim. Turkish Proverb
Literal translation: Tell me who your friend is, and I will tell you who you are.
At 13:10 on January 22, 2013, CCF Beijing said…

Hi Fin. How are you? How has your winter break been? What is your e-mail and phone number? I will have the magazines contact you. Jeff

At 10:16 on December 1, 2012, Martin Tsui said…

Hey there. It'll be lovely to throw a dongbeish dinner party on CCF. if u have time, let me know, then i will set up an event. Or u can join my regular dinner parties with my Chinese friends, if u speak some Chinese.

At 15:31 on July 29, 2012, Nancy Luo said…

Thanks for the gift!! Fin!

At 10:32 on April 12, 2012, Matt Keuler said…

Happy Birthday...  long time no see...

At 18:13 on April 11, 2012, Richard Roman said…

Fin - happy birthday tomorrow!

At 17:08 on December 29, 2011, Richard Roman said…

Also Fin - will your students be doing any filming/photos?

At 17:05 on December 29, 2011, Richard Roman said…

Fin - we have an enquiry relating to the spaghetti evening - he wants to know if there is any pork on the menu as he will not eat pork - perhaps we can put up a brief description of the three sauces and their ingredients?


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