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Used To Used To Used To

I’ve spent this week in Vanuatu on a short-term work assignment. It’s been great revisiting an aid program I used to be a part of, a program that brings the churches in Vanuatu together to work on development projects. I know the people involved, and it’s nice to catch up with old friends, but also strange, because I’m just dipping my toe in the water and then leaving again. I’m not around for the long-term. The people here know that,...

Fake It Til You Make It

I had big plans for this week’s blog. I was going to write about the state of the world, about how to forge ahead when everything seems dark and sad, about the light and shadow that exists within each of us, about the time I got into a white van in Sri Lanka and what happened next. It was relevant, trust me. It was going to be VERY inspiring. But I’m going to leave that for another post, because what...

Shake It Off

After I quit the teaching job, I packed a bag and went to Sri Lanka for a month. I felt a strong need to get away, clear my head, be on my own with my thoughts. My aborted term as a teacher had churned up all sorts of emotions and questions, and I wanted to process them in my own time and in my own way. In particular, I wanted to get away from the well-meaning but intensely irritating tendency...

Confessions of a One-Term Teacher

Hi guys, How are you? Long time no speak. What’s been going in your life this past…er…four months? Is that how long it’s been since we spoke? I think it’s about that. It’s been a tumultuous time for me, if I’m honest. In fact, the last one and a half years since getting back from Nanjing have been a bit strange. Life is not necessarily a continuous uphill passage of achievements, constantly improving, constantly gaining new heights. I’m sure you...