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Hello All:

Let's have a thought experiment:

If you hoped to understand what is important to someone else, which would you prefer to know?:

1) What said person tells you matters to them.
or
2) Knowledge of how said person has spent their time

Which would you choose?

I believe that I would almost always choose "time" over "testimony".

It’s been almost 2 weeks since the post election shock of learning that Donald Trump will be our next president. As someone said recently, the fact that Trump was even a contender to be commander in chief of the U.S., attests to the fact that our democracy has been broken for some time.

Getting right into it:

Much digital ink has been spilled already, given what happened with our election here in the "United" States.

While many who move to South Korea to teach English have some experience teaching, there are many who do not. Understandably, new teachers are nervous about writing a lesson plan. Some schools may require you to write and create your own lesson plans, and others may place you with a co-teacher who will provide the content.

Just in case you're feeling stressed out...

Remember that you are not tied right now 6-6 in the final game of the World Series in the ninth inning.

So breathe. :D

There are two truths I’ve discovered about the teaching profession: you can leave the profession but it will never leave you, and it’s exhausting work. However, these truths are not necessarily self-evident. First, while you may be able to leave teaching (physically), as cheesy as it may sound, the work gets into your heart and soul.

I live on the coast in rural Oregon, and one thing I started to realize after talking to people in my community is that nearly everyone has a side hustle—even my retired dad had a side hustle for years (collecting and re-selling vintage records on EBay) despite the fact that he had a 20+ year career working for a government agency.

Hey All:

So my last post was a decided "turning away" from the election, and a focus on other news topics instead. We know that we're under three weeks away from the election in the USA. I expect as soon as the election is over that I will be getting walloped by Christmas advertising everywhere... Phew.

What can be done instead of feeling caught between events?

After teaching in South Korea for three years, two of the most common questions I get tend to be: “why did you leave(?),” and “do you want to go back (?)” While I plan to address the first question (which is rather personal) in a future blog post, the second question is an interesting one. I find it interesting that people seem to read my mind and see right through me.

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