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What is a gig?

A temporary job. Usually void of benefits, such as health care, and pensions. They pay either hourly or as one lump sum. Some longer-term gigs may be salaried but they’re also void of restrictive bosses that have a certain quasi-ownership of their employees.

Think that because you are a native English speaker you have a ticket to teach anywhere in the world? Think again.

Most good and reputable educational academies, particularly international schools, are looking for more than just a native English speaking adult to teach their students.

Not many people are as lucky as I’m. My name is Martin and I was born in Liberia which is located on the West Coast of Africa. In my country English is our first language but it isn’t like the one that is spoken in America; Liberians speak a type of English called Pidgin English. At the age of 7 my family and I moved to America and I believe that it was the best thing that ever happened to me.

I have always had a tremendous passion for helping others. I also have a tremendous desire to travel. Last summer, I combined my two ideas into one: I desperately wanted to volunteer abroad. However, I understood that my family's financial situation would not allow me that opportunity. I went to my small town's local organizations, presented them with my plan, and asked for support.

Death is something I can't get use to but integrity is. To honor me or my hero that I think about on a daily basis is the idea. Everyone around us is here one day and gone as soon as we take a breath. How do you mourn for your loved one knowing he or she died for a good cause?

I managed to find my third source of employment three days before Trump became president. Why? I knew that if I hadn’t, my family may have starved. I started my new job on January 17. I just made it into the New Year - finally I could exhale. I check the news frequently to see what has Trump has done for me lately - other than upset my people. I think to myself, “Does he know?

Good Afternoon Everyone:

1) Why this post is likely my last one here at ESL101, unless I refocus my time and attention on issues related to ESL.

This blog has been maintained by me since Summer 2013. We are now getting closer to Summer 2017. Wow.

Good Afternoon All:

This update is from my bed as I've been struck by some type of cold/flu. Fortunately, laptops mean it's easier to be productive even while we're mostly horizontal. There are a number of cool and uncool items both I can share in this post, so let's get to it!

Hi Folks:

I thought to try an entirely different approach from my last post, which had focused on "Constructive Anger", by this time focusing on "Constructive Sadness".

So what's up? How can "sadness" be "constructive"? With "anger" I think a potential path to construction is rather easy to image:

Good Afternoon All:

With a title like this one, you could expect a lot of anger in this post. So let's start off with a chuckle instead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Y6PchDYfw

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