The DeSantis Family
Christopher, Kathryn, Courtney, Maria, & Michael
Salt Lake City, Utah
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I live here in Salt Lake with my wife Kathryn, who is
a family nurse practitioner.
We have three children: Courtney, Maria, and Michael.
is 22, was graduated
from Skyline High School in Salt Lake, and has attended a year at Snow
College in Ephraim, Utah. Courtney is serving a mission
for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Samara, Russia.
was graduated from Skyline High School in Salt Lake in January 1999. She is
artist of exceptional skill:
She plans on doing some modeling work for a few years, but would like a career
working with animals.
is in the 8th grade at
Churchill Jr. High. He has many interests, and has expressed interest in a
number of careers, including drama and writing. Michael is a ferocious reader
- two of his favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien and R. A. Salvatore.
He has attained the level of 1st Gup Red Belt in TaeKwon-Do
and is involved in many other activities as well.
We have a cat... she's the sweetest thing you could imagine, but my daughter
is convinced that Buffy is possessed, as illustrated in this little sketch:
Oops. Maybe Maria is right...
family tree stems back to the village of
San Pietro Apostolo
in the province of Catanzaro, down in the toe of Italy. I have been working
on a project for years to identify all the descendants of the earliest known
ancestor. An official SanPietro page (in Italian) can be found
I am also interested in meeting anyone who is related to the
family originating in
, commune of Borgo a Mozzano, province of Lucca.
If you have questions about these lines of the family and/or can provide
information which would expand the family trees, please write me at
, had an interesting career...
Italian French German
for further information.
Quality technical translation in the fields of
Manufacturing, Data Processing, Agro/Chemistry, Religion, or
Some of the friends I have met around the world in the field of
translation can be found at my
for the archives page of
the mailing list for translators and
I am intrigued by languages, and if you are too, a couple of fun sites to check
The Human Languages Page
The Yamada Language Guides Page.
Schoenhof's Foreign Bookstore
The Agora Language Marketplace
A great fondness
(and a short story...)
One day in New York, around 1969, I had stopped into a local
(tavern) to use the phone, and while there I struck up a conversation with the
fear an tí
(bartender). The conversation turned to languages, and when I told him that I
enjoyed learning them he said to me, "
Well, don't learn Gaelic
". You know how it is when someone tells you that you can't do something?
That very day I went and found a copy of
Teach Yourself Irish
by Myles Dillon and Donncha Ó Cróinin.
Now, the spelling of Irish is so bad they make poems about it:
The spelling of Erse
Gets worse and worse!
They call it Cu Chulainn...,
[pronounce this koo-HOO-lin]
So I didn't make much progress until about 1990, when I discovered an
Irish course in my local library system,
Linguaphone Institute. That was the "Rosetta Stone" which helped me
over the spelling hump, and with the help of that course and a couple
of others, notably
Teach Yourself Irish
by Michael Ó Siadhail,
I have since fallen in love with this intriguing language and
its intriguing speakers. This summer I fulfilled
a lifetime dream to visit Ireland with my family, and spent a week in a cottage
Mocheallóg (Kilmallock). We explored the Dingle peninsula and stopped in
area of Baile an Fhirtéaraigh
(Ballyferriter); nearly fell off the cliffs of Moher; saw Waterford crystal
being made; experienced a medieval dinner at Bunratty Castle near Limerick;
the rock of Cashel; went horseback riding in a brisk Irish rain; attended
church meetings in Tralee; kissed the Blarney stone and dined at the Deanery
in Cork... I'm afraid all it did was whet my appetite for more. The reality
far exceeded the expectation. A blessing on this lovely land and its
equally lovely people.
If you would like to explore with me a beautiful part of our world, a good
place to start is
"I bhfad uainn go léir an drochrud agus nár aithní
an t-ainspiorad mar bhráthair mé!"
Myles na gCopaleen
More Irish sites:
How I Get my Kicks
Some Fun Places to Surf
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