Hello, Shalom, Aloha, privyet…
By way of introduction, my name is Rick MacChesney. I have a degree from Augsburg college, the ‘major’ I got has a long flowery title: Russian and Eastern European Studies. Basically, an international relations degree with a focus on what used to be considered the Soviet sphere.
I’ve been to Russia twice, spent a total of over 7 months there. I’ve traveled a good bit, too. Catherine, my wife, will do a lot more (great big, exciting world out there!), but for now most of our travel involves going to see family and friends, who are scattered all across the country.
I read, lots. And I love to play with the kids, work in our yard (there’s always a list of projects to do), and watch stuff like Foyle’s War and The Namesake when we have time for TV or a movie.
Among the many blessings I’ve been given is to have had a few outstanding teachers. Part of why I’m doing this program is to–I hope–pass it on.