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Homeward Bound? Not Likely.

As I’m sitting here, I wonder if I’m really even capable of blogging about this without it turning into some chaotic rant on the state of public education.  Probably not, but I feel like I need to say something about what’s been going on in public education in my home state.

See, when you’re an expat, even a well-adjusted one like I consider myself, you always miss home.  You get excited about going home.  You think about your favorite things to eat, the people you love, and all the stuff you’re going to see and do when you get back to the world you know and love. 

Over the past couple of weeks, through a draconian near-dismemberment of public education, the state of North Carolina has made pretty sure I won’t be going home when our time here in Korea is up.  And it’s not just because of the money, although not being paid for the Masters degree that I earned is a pretty serious affront.

Thoughts at Six Months: One and Done or Beyond?

The majority of those who come to South Korea to teach English, to experience a new culture and all the standard trappings of the “expat experience,” usually stay for their first contract—one year. I base this only on anecdotal evidence. After nearly six months here (in a row, at least), I have already said goodbye to several who have stayed their one year; I will say goodbye to several more this month. Maybe some of them extended their stays by a month or two, as Martha did. But, for the most part, for many, it’s one and done.


Seeking Participants: Survey of 30-Year-Old Women Around the World

Seeking Participants: Survey of 30-Year-Old Women Around the World

Please help us paint a picture of 30-year-old women around the world!

Turning 30 this year was a really great experience and I couldn’t help think back on all the ideas (some much less accurate than others) on what 30 was supposed to be. 

 I’ve been fortunate to connect with amazing people from around the world (you!) and I wanted to use these connections to paint a picture of 30 year old women around the world. (Men and women was just too much on my plate right now! Specifically 30, again to narrow down the variation.)

Newspaper attention

I guess I do need to say something about this.

First of all, thank you Elaine Ramirez and The Korea Herald for the added attention to my blog, you broke my record number of visits.

I’ve also received e-mails and they are very much appreciated.  One talked about adding RSS feed, now just to find the trick on how to implement it on this blog of mine.  Another e-mail made an interesting observation about teacher training which inspired me for another blog post.

It seems that some viral effect was noticed and let me see if I can address some of the issues raised in those messages.


Before you know it –

It will be autumn in Korea
The green leaves that sprung up and out from the earth
Will fall back to the earth
Taking the stifling steam bath with it
And you will be renewed.

Before you know it –

It will be winter
And by then you will know if
You’ve chosen to stay in Korea
Or finally, after over 10 years,
Put it to bed for good and always.

Before you know it –

You will be somewhere else,
Be it February 2014,
Deep in the withering Busan summer,
or another year gone.
What then? Before you know it, you’ll know.

Before you know it –

Many happenings

Sorry I haven’t blogged. During my hiatus, the season continued and ended. This post will fill you in until the final tournament, if you’re interested.

After the tie documented in the last post, the boys steamrolled through the remainder of the regular season. One game, on a 6-against-6 field, they split into two teams, played four games against the host school’s two teams, and won something like 50-10 on aggregate – a retreat-to-the-hills route.

Kaizen Korea Documentary Teaser

A Humble Attempt at Thank You in 500 Words or Less

What started out as an idea for some 30 second blip has morphed into something utterly beyond ANY of our wildest expectations…. and this is just the 2 minute preview.

Time for a Recap!

And the unveiling of some old photos I found on my phone. I haven’t really posted on my WordPress blog in around a month, so I figured it was time for a quick recap of what I’ve been up to.

I’ve been taking Taekwondo three times a week, and I am now a green belt! Last month, I was invited to a Taekwondo picnic right outside of Busan. There was food, water gun fights, fishing, and a lot of general merriment.


The Grand Master setting up our tent

On holiday

Sorry to disappoint you but I’ll be off on Holiday for a week.

Mission Statement

Music. It’s been part of me for every step I’ve taken in this life. I’ve studied, taught, performed, promoted and produced. Since moving to Korea 4 years ago, music has taken control. This has opened the door to a vibrant music scene that perhaps many people don’t realize is happening right under their noses. Even when Korean promotors and bands actively pursue foreigners for attendance at their shows, all the necessary info is rarely translated or distributed properly. There are amazing artists that are doing their thing in dingy basement clubs and most expats never know.

I’m no insider. But I do find myself regularly trying to get my friends to see bands that I find incredibly interesting. Hopefully, if you’re reading this blog, you’ll learn about a new venue or festival or band that will change the way you think about arts in Busan.

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