Black Lives Matter. It is personal.

This is a guest post by my daughter, Cynthia Sleight. I had been thinking of the current protests, and the people my children were friends with as children. She emailed me this text, and I decided to post it. We care about the living. This is about my children's friends. I also have Black friends. [...]

By |2020-06-07T20:46:00-07:00June 7th, 2020|Advocacy, Helen Eby|

Volunteering in professional associations

I am running for office in NAJIT, the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators. The elections page has the details. Why? I believe in professional associations. They are our point of reference, where stakeholders and professionals come together to answer questions about the profession. They represent the profession, and answer questions about standards, continuing [...]

By |2020-04-25T18:45:27-07:00April 25th, 2020|Helen Eby, Updates|

Gaucha Thanksgiving update

This is an overview of things I care about. It covers government contracting, life, employment status, and how to prepare to have a professional profile. All of this is connected... Happy reading! Employment classification In California and New Jersey there is a lot of discussion about employment classification and its ramifications. This is a complex [...]

By |2020-03-10T14:19:42-07:00November 26th, 2019|Certification, Helen Eby, Translation|

A time for mourning and reflection

My mother in law, Hazel Eby, passed away on October 19. This week I am not at the ATA conference, as previously scheduled. I am home, in preparation for family gathering, going through her belongings to see what untold stories she left behind, how we understood each other in ways that I didn’t know. My [...]

By |2019-10-24T07:17:39-07:00October 24th, 2019|Helen Eby|

My Argentine Heritage

Argentine gaucho on horseback. Argentina and the United States had similar independence processes. The United States kicked it off with the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773, and later formally declared its independence on July 4, 1776. Argentina started the process with a week-long series of community discussions the week of May [...]

By |2018-07-09T16:25:04-07:00July 9th, 2018|Helen Eby|

Celebrating my US heritage on the 4th of July

United States Declaration of Independence. Image from US Library of Congress My maiden name is Helen Slack. James Slack is a direct ancestor of my paternal grandfather. He helped George Washington cross the Delaware River and win the Battle of Trenton on Christmas Eve of 1776. He was the operator of the Johnson Ferry House, and [...]

By |2018-07-05T13:22:53-07:00July 4th, 2018|Helen Eby|

Books! Updated catalog for 2017

This was the second year I spoke at the Congreso San Jerónimo, hosted by the Feria Internacional del Libro (International Book Fair) in Guadalajara. My session was well received and I enjoyed developing relationships with colleagues and potential clients. This is also a Book Fair. The second largest in the world. Guadalajara pulls all the [...]

By |2017-12-08T19:31:36-08:00December 9th, 2017|Helen Eby, Language|


Who is Helen Eby, at Gaucha Translations? I am a translator and an interpreter. I cover a lot of territory, but I have background in a lot of areas. These are my specialties. Bio I am a member of the ¡Al rescate del español! , a team writing a blog on how to improve Spanish [...]

By |2017-12-06T19:03:34-08:00April 12th, 2017|Helen Eby|

Travels with Helen

Today’s post is guest written by my husband, David. He has watched me in action over the years, and this is the story of some things he has learned. In 25 years of marriage to Helen, I’ve learned a lot about my unconscious biases. I was raised on an entirely family-run farm in Oregon. When my [...]

By |2017-10-14T16:27:45-07:00June 15th, 2016|Advocacy, Helen Eby|