Recently, Aubrey Leaman, from If Mermaids Wore Suspenders, nominated me for a blog award. While I don't do blog awards (they remind me a little of the 90s email forwarding craze), I was psyched that she thought of me. I felt like the fangirl who catches a rockstar's guitar pick when he flicks it into the audience! Aubrey … Continue reading Questions from a Rockstar Blogger
Before I moved to Brazil, I taught ESL to a group of refugee students from all over the world. I taught at an intermediate level, and I remember being surprised by my students' insistence that they didn't feel fluent, that their English was inadequate. Of course, I recognized that they had a lot to learn, but … Continue reading 5 weird things that change when you learn a new language
In honor of Thanksgiving, I wanted to shout out the people who have done more than anyone else to nurture my interest in reading and build up my confidence as a writer.... So, thank you teachers. Thank you for squatting beside the classroom bookshelf and helping me choose the next book I was going to devour. I … Continue reading Thank you teachers!
Greetings all! I have piles of excerpts to share with you, but, as sometimes happens, life has interrupted what I wanted to say with its own message. Yesterday morning, I was driving from my parent's home, in the country, back to my apartment, in the city (bleh! happily, I'm leaving soon!) As I wound my … Continue reading May the Kindness: A Message from the Universe