Thursday, September 1, 2011

Black feet in China.

Now I wish I could write you a melody so plain
That could hold you dear lady from going insane
That could ease you and cool you and cease the pain
Of your useless and pointless knowledge....

 I am now allowed to blog and "facebook it up" in landlocked Chengdu, China with the use of a VPN. After several weeks and a mixed blur of spicy food, a cacophony of sounds,  interactions with a diverse crowd, things are still happening at a fierce velocity. The survival tools of living in China are the following: Open mind, expect the unexpected and a sense of humor. Additional tools my include: tissues on hand for the squattie potties and survival Chinese vocabulary. International teaching is an expereice of world culture and veracity of perspectives.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Destination Departure

“You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all, just as an intelligence without the possibility of expression is not really an intelligence. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing.” 

-Luis Bunuel

My final day of departure came as quickly as this mornings sunrise. It flooded through the windows and filled up the bedroom with fresh light.  Soon I will be adventuring off to Chengdu, China for a new chapter in my life. A garden of new possibilities have been growing in my mind and I can't help but wonder what is head of me. I believe in seeking out perspectives and knowledge in this world to help in understanding the many cultures and anomalous ways of life this small planet has. It is difficult to fully know one's self at such a young age. I believe the way to find yourself is to get lost in this world and make your own path. The lust for learning new things is motivating my mind. The excitement pumping through my veins is encouraging my soul. The caring devotion to helping others is warming my heart.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Count Down to China

July 27th 2011
It was my last day in Houston -a typical hot and humid summer day. After about two years of teaching special education there, I am about to embark on a new adventure.  I accepted a position to teach special education and intensive English in Chengdu, China. Excitement and curiosity of my new adventure is sinking in as my departure date creeps up. I am now at my parents house in Dallas for the "in between" time.  I am pretty much set to leave - I have packed two large suit cases and a carry on. There is nothing better to me then to be able to work with students and travel. I believe it will offer an unique perspective to teaching and students with special needs. I look forward to this new chapter in my life.