Category Archives: Teaching

Global Fund For Children’s Photo Contest: Cambodian Courage

Hi Everyone, An amazing organization called, Global Fund for Children, (http://www.globalfundforchildren.org/) is trying to raise awareness for girls living in adverse conditions around the world through a program called Project RISE.  In order to do so, they have started a … Continue reading

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play games. change the world.

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw I really began to believe in the power of games while teaching in Vietnam.  On 8:00 pm on a Saturday night, … Continue reading

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Always check your blind spot.

I’ve been back in Chicago for about a day now, jetlagged out of my mind but so happy to back in the world of English speakers, gluten free products, clean air, and most importantly my family. I’m loving the breeze … Continue reading

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The serious lesson of Saigon

“If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old” – Edgar Watson Howe My dad always says, “There’s no easy way to make a living.”  I’ve never been afraid of things … Continue reading

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“Teacherrr – you’ll never find a husband if you keep dressing like that”

“Teaaaa-cherrr, you’re never going to find a husband if you keep dressing like that.”  These are the first words spoken to me as I walk into my classroom on a Friday night to a room full of 12-year-olds.  Mind you … Continue reading

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Baggage

We all have baggage that we’ll carry around forever – whether we are able to actually ever let go of it is another question.  However, if I’m going to accept and acknowledge my baggage I at least want something good … Continue reading

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A Fresh Saturday.

  Usually my Saturday mornings begin at 6:30 AM when my alarm goes off and I naturally roll over until 6:40 when I roll out of bed (gone are the days when I would actually take the time and effort … Continue reading

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Gluten-free in an allergy-free world

Last night, I sat on the back of my roommate’s motorbike holding four amazing smelling pizzas from Saigon’s best pizza joint, Scoozies,  all the while wallowing in self-pity knowing that while my friends were eating chicken pesto pizza – I … Continue reading

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Growing up in Neverland?

The other day, my roommate Allison related living in Saigon to living in Peter Pan’s Neverland.  It’s this magical place where rules don’t exist and time simply does; days blend into weeks which blend into months and 5 years later … Continue reading

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Shout outs to mom and dad

Dearest mother and father, No fear, you are far from forgotten all these miles away in Saigon.  Instead, I’m lying in a pile of letters addressed specifically to YOU from my quirky students.  Below is a selection of letters, retyped … Continue reading

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