Monthly Archives: September 2010

Quitting: Hello & Goodbye.

I officially quit my job as an English teacher this week. It was more emotional than I thought it would be – kind of like breaking off a dating relationship. In general the whole thing was much less gracefully done than … Continue reading

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Storybook Life

It’s a pretty picture – fairy tale turrets high on a summer mountain. But it’s far from my day-to-day. Cloud-scuttled skies, yellow leaves plastered to crumbling sidewalks, crowded, rocking metro cars, glowing computer screens, and conference-room English classes. These are … Continue reading

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Links for this week

Some links from my browsing this week: The myth of an exceptional life Cheated of Childhood: Moving video on St. Petersburg street children from 2002 The book we’re studying on Tuesday nights- Counterfeit Gods, by Tim Keller: http://www.counterfeitgods.com/ SOUP! With … Continue reading

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Indian Summer Thanks

The days, the weeks are flying by! Gratitude has been cultivating lightness, freedom, whimsy in my life. I can taste grace like the clear-blue September sky. With grace comes freedom, and with freedom comes creativity. How counter-intuitive that discipline gives … Continue reading

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How to Discover Your Style

In short, the answer is MINIMALIZE! You come by your style by learning what to leave out. At first you tend to overwrite—embellishment instead of insight. You either continue to write puerile bilge, or you change. In the process of … Continue reading

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students

They say teaching is one of the best ways to learn. I’ve definitely found this to be true – I’ve gained so much knowledge from all of my students! The English language company I work for has mostly corporate clients. … Continue reading

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Washing Dishes and Writing…

I love the internet. Really, there is an endless amount of cool stuff online. Last week I discovered You Tube and Barnes and Noble interviews with different writers. Good listening while making dinner or washing dishes. Here are a few … Continue reading

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