I’m a linguist, a writer, and a few other things as well. In 2010, I moved from the US to Brittany for the year so that I could participate in language immersion courses and research the Breton language revitalization movement in Brittany. I set up this blog to share some of my adventures. Now I’m back in the US, but I visit Brittany when I can, and I try to stay involved. And I write about Brittany–here and other places, as well.


13 thoughts on “About”

  1. Madeleine,
    I saw the abstract for your talk at the Language, Culture and History conference in Wyoming posted on their website recently– as I am also doing work on minority language revitalization efforts (Hawaiian, currently writing my dissertation) I am very interested to hear more about your work. Do you maybe have a copy of the paper you presented or a similar one? I’d really appreciate it!
    Best of luck on your research,

  2. So sorry to here Rex has died. I just read his obit. I have been working all day on a home video I am doing of my mother Gladys and got to the part where we went to California because Rex suggested it. He was a good man. You are lucky to have had a father you loved and respected. Gladys is alive and in a home and quite happy even though she has lost much of her memory, especially short term. It hurts to see the more recent video and see her loss.

    Lorne Taylor

  3. Hi Madeleine,
    Thank-you for sending me this link! I have spent the morning immersed in Adkins — first the video of your dad for the Veteran’s History Project, and now your blog. And viewed your TV performance as well! Very cool!

    Lorne had pasted the link for your dad’s obit on facebook yesterday, so I had just read it before receiving your most welcome e-mail this morning. Looking forward to staying in touch with you.

    In the meantime, just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed reading this blog and seeing the great photos. I will check back regularly, for sure!

    Best wishes,

  4. Cathy’s sister in law Winn Settle reading your dad’s obit in the facebook link wrote that she found it interesting and wondered how Rex would have felt about the US in the last 10 years.
    I said I would ask you.


  5. Dear Madeleine,

    in 1997 I was one of your students at UC Berkeley Extension. Just wanted to let you know how much your lessons back then helped me for my life. Not only did I learn the language (I’m german) but discovered a whole new world in business style and was able to work in NYC and London for a while.

    So thanks again many years later and all the best,


    1. Dear Attila,

      Thank you for your kind message! I’m flattered that you remembered me and my course at UC Berkeley Extension. That was a while ago! I remember that year and the classes. I believe that you were in the summer term that year?

      I’m very glad to hear that what you learned was helpful for you in work and life. It sounds as if you’ve had an interesting international career. I’d love to hear more about what you’ve been up to since 1997, if you have a moment to share more.



      1. Dear Madeleine,

        sorry for answering that late! This summer is pretty busy – I went back to school to get my Bachelor degree in web development. Now it’s time to write… needs to be done until october.

        My main job is for a newspaper company which is pretty successful (yes, that’s possible even nowadays). But I wanted to learn something new and meet fresh young people πŸ™‚ And I already do websites for friends in the L.A. area even though I am in Germany πŸ™‚

        Next project: Getting an education as a coach. I always wanted to do that, now I’ll do that with a company in Los Angeles and Chicago.

        So, life is busy and exiting! πŸ™‚

        Why did you leave California? Paul Most was cool, too πŸ™‚ He is still in CA as far as I could see on the web (California State University).



  6. Hi Attila,

    No problem–happy to hear from you again. It sounds like you’re keeping busy with many interesting career pursuits. How cool that you do web design for folks in the States!

    I, too, try to keep learning and doing new things. I spent a few years doing technical writing after teaching at Extension. Now I’m back to ESL work–combining teaching and curriculum development and some website development. And I keep working on learning languages–which is why it was so great that I got to spend so much time learning Breton this past year.

    I came to Colorado via grad school in Santa Barbara, moving here for a relationship. Now I live and work at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, which is a lovely place to be.

    Where are you in Germany? I got to travel there in the late 90s a bit–mostly in the east and north.

    Good luck with completing your studies!



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