Living Appropriately: Musings From a History Teacher in Colombia
Requiem for a Friend

Requiem for a Friend

“For this is wrong, if anything is wrong: not to enlarge the freedom of a love with all the inner freedom one can summon. We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.”...
Water Polo Day!

Water Polo Day!

We usually have some sort of organized activity over the weekends here at school, and last Saturday ALL of the students (over 200 of them) headed down to the pool on campus for an organized water polo tournament. We were kind of packed like sardines in there but it...
Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching

“No mistake is worse than greed, no calamity is worse than discontent; no fault is more worrisome than desire for gain. Therefore the sufficiency of contentment is always enough.” –Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching ...
Nan Wan Beach in Kenting, Taiwan

Nan Wan Beach in Kenting, Taiwan

We unwittingly ran smack-dab into a typhoon (read: near-constant torrential rain) for all 4 days that we were on vacation in Kenting this week.  Should probably consult a weather report next time!  But it was still a fun trip and we encountered some of the nicest...

As an educator, getting little things like this is what it’s really all about; I got a thank you note from the students I taught last spring during student teaching, but this is the first time I’ve gotten something similar here in Taiwan. My favorite part...
Moby-Dick

Moby-Dick

“…a good laugh is a mighty good thing, and rather too scarce a good thing; the more’s the pity. So, if any one man in his proper person, afford stuff for a good joke to anybody, let him not be backward, but let him cheerfully allow himself to spend...
Schooool’s….out! for! summer!

Schooool’s….out! for! summer!

Today was the last day of summer school.  It was a great time and definitely flew by quickly. Most of the kids will be coming back for the full, regular school year, but there are a few who are off to other schools for the fall: some to Shanghai, some back to Japan,...
East of Eden

East of Eden

The last couple times that I’ve hopped on Scottie to explore the city a bit–or, to be more accurate, the northeast section of the city where our little neighborhood lies, for I’ve yet to explore much beyond that to this point–I’ve parked...
Ping-pong, anyone?

Ping-pong, anyone?

As I grew up playing ping-pong fairly competitively with my friends beginning in junior high, another thing that I was looking forward to when it came to living over on this side of the world was testing my mettle against the kids here at school. I showed up to one of...
Beam me around town, Scotty.

Beam me around town, Scotty.

                    As promised in my last post, here is a picture of the scooter I bought second-hand from one of last year’s outgoing teachers.  Before I moved here, the idea of zipping around town on one of these suckers was one of the things that excited me...
Mango, Papaya, and Pineapple, Oh My!

Mango, Papaya, and Pineapple, Oh My!

After being on resident hall duty and getting settled in and my feet under me for much of the first couple weeks, I was finally able to get out and about on my newly-purchased used scooter (more about that later) with some fellow teachers last Sunday to explore the...
Bienvenidos a…Taiwan?

Bienvenidos a…Taiwan?

I’ve been in Taiwan for a little over two weeks now, and summer school is already halfway done.  The summer session is not only brief, but also somewhat informal overall, as much of the academic focus is on ESL immersion. There is also a big focus on weekend...