Politics in the Classroom

Last week The Washington Post published the article, “Teachers are expected to remain politically neutral. These Teachers of the Year say they can’t.” One of the reasons given for not including politics as a topic… Continue reading

Undertaking a Life Audit

In response to my desire to live more creatively, there are a number of projects I’ve finally decided to kick off so that I can utilize the time I currently have on my hands.… Continue reading

Changing Creative Lenses

I follow a number of friends and artists whose artistic skills simply astound me. They can bring characters and stories to life in ways I can’t possibly fathom, and they do it so well.… Continue reading

Learning to Trust in Creative Living

  I was expecting to be unemployed for the summer, had planned on it in fact. I had signed up for a TEFL/TESOL certification course in the Twin Cities and would be staying… Continue reading

Educating vs Programming

May 26th was the day I said goodbye to my final group of students as they left for summer vacation. It was one of the hardest and most emotionally overwhelming afternoons I have… Continue reading

Next Stop: NYC

I had never been to New York City before this year. Everyone always thinks that’s crazy given how many other places I’ve visited, but it’s completely true. I had this strange aversion to… Continue reading

Colorado and the Idea of Thriving

I never expected to be absent for a year and a half, but life has a way of throwing the unexpected in your face every now and then. Not everyone knows the backstory,… Continue reading

Finding the Heart in Kampuchea

I couldn’t tell you exactly what it was about Angkor Wat that entranced me so many years ago. Perhaps it was the unique architecture or the stark contrast of orange-robed monks against the… Continue reading

800 Days in Korea

800 Days. 2.2 Years. I’ve documented the entire journey here, from 2011 to 2014. I am a completely different person and so incredibly changed by my life in Korea that it seems somehow… Continue reading


You’ve heard everyone rave about Busan, absolutely everyone. You don’t care one way or the other, not yet. You know it’s in the south of Korea, is a beach city, and that one… Continue reading