Walking with a 2-year old

She whose name means “wild, natural and beautiful” in this red poncho picture soaked her clothes with a sneaker wave at Pacific City, and like a true champion, rode home in her underpants without a complaint. My youngest daughter is 2 and a half.  I get several quality hours with just her a couple times…

Some thoughts on being a language teacher: linguistic imperialism

I have been since I decided what I wanted to do, a language teacher.  I didn’t end up here by mistake. The first place I went was Russia with Peace Corps.  Peace Corps had in high (sarcastic) comedy brought all these “teachers” to one of the most educated countries on the planet to teach the…

Sex and controversy

Thanks Sherry for letting me hijack your link to Donald Miller’s writing. I read Blue Like Jazz long ago enough that I have kind of forgotten what it said, except that I was glad at the time that he said it and I read it.  And it became a Bestseller.  And it was nice to…

Near to my heart

As the person in our family who has to chase down situations in which we are being treated unfairly or not receiving credit or generally have to deal with the big draconian situation with government employees…. I wish I could have made this video. But I am glad he did.  Basically, on a flight he…

Pre-birthday: For baby A

My firstborn, A, has been praying since last summer like this: “Dear Jesus thankyou for mama, pappa and my birthday coming to march with birthday hats, birthday cake, ‘fari Sams and balloons …” at which point we often direct her prayer: “Honey, say thankyou for the food,” “Amen,” And that is at the dinner table. …

Mama fatigue

  When I was a kid, one of the scariest things my mom would do is leave without clear intent or destination.  She did it seldom, once, maybe twice, but one always knew when it was happening because she said she was going to Texas. We knew no one in Texas.  Thus is the sense…

Malcolm X book report

“We’re not Americans, we’re Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against our will from Africa. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock — that rock landed on us.” Every now and then I get really curious about something.  Once it was the Amish.  Once it was the Holocaust.  Currently,…

Some good reading

Thank God someone finally wrote this article about “Joe Six Pack”.  The article makes light and looks at how wrong it is to clump voters into these overly simplified groups.  I knew there was something wrong and a little unnerving about the idea of “soccer moms”, it turned them all into these monochromatic, minivan driving,…

Merit pay for teachers

We have a cool show here in Portland called Think Out Loud. They pick a subject and then have a panel of knowledgeable folks on the radio and let people call in with their thoughts, opinions etc. You can even post if you would like to join the conversation. edit: in my haste I didn’t…

Religious Political Culture wars in Portland Oregon

I have always liked more to live in an environment that is relatively liberal. Such as Portland, Oregon. But sometimes, Portland and me, see, we don’t always agree. There is a sort of tension I see/hear/read/experience living as a follower of Christ in the wildly liberal PacNW. Recently I met a friend up at Mississippi…

Watching: There Will Be Blood and King Corn redux

I saved y’all from a post about the weather. Instead I wanted to talk about some stuff we have watched lately.  One a documentary about a couple fresh faced college graduate boys who from a lab experiment learn that the main component of their hair was corn.  So they go on this sort of journey…