Teacher’s Day – South Korea

Teacher’s Day is one of my favorite Korean holidays.  Its not just the cute notes, buckets of flowers, snacks and other assorted gifts.  Sure those help but what really makes me love Teacher’s Day is the realization of how much value Koreans have for teachers. There is a separate holiday where the entire country devotes itself Read More …

Grateful, flattered and a big ‘Thanks Mom’

Thankful, humbled, flattered, honored & feeling blessed.  The last week brought lots of good news and opened new doors without closing any.  Whether its good karma, good luck or simply I that had great parents who raised me right I keep getting more and more opportunities to thrive in everything I enjoy.  Thanks mom!  A Read More …

My students picked this picture because…

My Korean co-teacher came up to me and asked if it was okay for the students to show me pictures.  I heard him using my name in class and then speaking Korean for the last 15 minutes but thought nothing of it.  But then they explained in English why they choose each picture specifically for Read More …

“We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children”

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” -Moses Henry Cass Cass’s quote is especially important I lieu of the recent climate change “debate.”  Well, lets be honest, its not really a debate.  The conversation is akin to a child arguing with an adult over the benefits of brushing one’s Read More …

Presidential analysis by Paul Krugman – In Defense of Obama

Paul Krugman, “Nobel Prize-winning economist, once one of the president’s most notable critics, why Obama is a historic success” recently wrote an enlightening article for the Rolling Stone.  Titled In Defense of Obama he highlights major criticisms of Obama’s presidency.  I usually keep politics off of here but after reading the article I felt it worth sharing. Read More …

But what if you have to poop?

I told my (4th grade Korean ESL) students about Son Doong and how I’ll be spending a week in the world’s largest cave. Upon seeing my bag and hiking boots I got a few “are you going to Everest?” remarks. But, here are my favorite reactions to seeing national geographic pictures: “Don’t die!” “Can you Read More …

Sewol Ferry, can we learn from this tragedy?

“What happened to the Sewol ferry in Korea?”  I’ve been asked this question by many American friends and I’m sure they’re not the only ones wondering.  We’ve all seen the devastating loss of life from this tragedy and every day the news lowers the missing by raising the body count.  As a newly transplanted expat in Read More …