Ironies of Comfort, Familiarity

Alain de Botton ignites my soul. Every line in his traveler’s manifesto, The Art of Travel, has me nodding my head, biting my nails, scribbling frantic responses in the margins as I read on feeling validated, awed, inspired, humbled and humiliated by my own solidarity with his words. Botton describes with painful and beautiful accuracy the sensations of…

The Truth About Teaching ESL Overseas

Celebrating the End of the Semester with Fire and Sand. Hi everyone! Well, I made it. I began teaching at my university outside of Bangkok, Thailand on August 18 (incidentally, that was the same day I became an aunt for the first time). Except for that one glorious week in Chiang Mai, I’ve been going…

A Trip To Chiang Mai

This trip happened over a month ago, and yet I was in denial about its brevity, so I neglected to write about it until now. But I think I’m finally processing it all! Over student midterms, for a much needed break from teaching and from city living, I took a trip up north with two…

Counting the Constellations

“This is it,” I said to my dad over the hum of the pool filter as we dipped our feet in blue-green water. We’ve both been dreading this moment. Tomorrow my father, my favorite person on the planet, leaves for Chicago. This Sunday, I leave for Pennsylvania, where in a few days I will depart…

The Art of Calm (A trip to Kentucky)

Kentucky is a beautiful state. I never appreciated this growing up, because (and I honestly have no idea where this came from) I had a deeply-seeded resentment of anything south of the Mason-Dixon line. Still, late fall, stress from school and eventual early adulthood brings with it dreams of hibernation, home and pie. Being able…

Picture Highlights So Far, Again!!

 A trip to the Communist Museum (Prague, Czech Republic) Hungarian Sweeties 🙂 (Budapest, Hungary) The Parliament Building overlooking the Danube (Budapest, Hungary) Full Moon #3 of my time abroad. It rose over Budapest as I waited outside St. Mathius Church to hear Requiem (I did, and it was beautiful. Budapest, Hungary) Carthusians conquer the Golan…

Picture Highlights So Far

Just so you don’t think I’ve been brooding for a whole month, I wanted to share with you all some long overdue pictures of the breathtaking beauty here in Israel. You can see why everyone wants it!  From Tel Aviv to Be’er Sheva en route from Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion…

Pen and Palette: The Spirit of Truth

Pen and Palette: The Spirit of Truth: The difference, I think, is that when we ask the Holy Spirit’s help, our own spirit quits warring with Him so much. Beautiful words from someone I admire very much. If you’re not reading her blog regularly, you should. It’s good soul nourishment 🙂 Another Adventure: Exploring the…