Living Appropriately: Musings From a History Teacher in Colombia
On Maxwell, Mingus & Mumford: My 15 Favorite Albums

On Maxwell, Mingus & Mumford: My 15 Favorite Albums

Maxwell: Embrya (1998) I saw Maxwell live once while I was living in Columbus, Ohio in 2000 and will never forget it. In my opinion, there is not a more under-appreciated musical artist out there today–this guy has got some serious vocal chops. He is not...
Sailing to Byzantium

Sailing to Byzantium

Sailing to Byzantium by William Butler Yeats That is no country for old men. The young In one another’s arms, birds in the trees— Those dying generations—at their song, The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas, Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long Whatever...
Happy Chinese Moon Festival

Happy Chinese Moon Festival

Today was the official celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival here in Taiwan. It’s one of the most important days on the calendar here and an official national holiday. Although most of my local friends here were...
Harvard Model UN in Beijing

Harvard Model UN in Beijing

Ahoy, dear readers! Sincerest apologies for my dearth of posts this spring. It began when my phone got splashed by an ocean wave in the Philippines over the Chinese New Year and I lost all the photos I had planned on putting up from that vacation. After that I was...
The Tao of the Bene Gesserit

The Tao of the Bene Gesserit

From the Bene Gesserit rite: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its...
Model UN Trip to China

Model UN Trip to China

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I happily volunteered to be the head of our school’s Model UN team this year. After prepping for our first conference for the past couple of months, all of us (7 students and 2 teachers) made the short trek across the...
One Fish, Two Fish…

One Fish, Two Fish…

At the beginning of the school year, the teachers at our school are all assigned to a group of students in order to act as their official advisors for the year.  We get to know them pretty well, mainly because we always sit with our advisees at lunchtime, whether we...
Happy Birthday, Confucius

Happy Birthday, Confucius

  Last Saturday was Confucius’ birthday, which is also traditionally celebrated in China and here in Taiwan as “Teacher’s Day” (as Confucius was himself a teacher too). I wasn’t really aware of this until I got another round of touching cards from some of our students...