Sep 242010
 
Coordinating Boston's Meet Plan Go Career-Break Travel Conference

The Meet Plan Go career-break travel conference rocked out this past Tuesday evening, September 14, in 13 cities across America and Canada… and I coordinated the Boston chapter!

The next article will dive into the play-by-play of the event itself, but for now I’m vibrating with eagerness to share four overall revelations.

“Are you nuts?” gasped my friend a few months ago, “Why would you agree to coordinate a giant conference when you [...Read More!]

Sep 192010
 
Three More Poses from the #1 Sexiest Boston Building

When you’re beautiful, man, you gotta pose… and one article about you really isn’t enough.

Thus it was that I was strolling over the Mass. Ave. bridge to meet a friend in Central Square when a voice whispered through the balmy air: “Take me.  Take another photo of me.  Now.”

“Huh?” I gulped, whipping toward the glistening Charles River in confusion.  And it was then that the glory of the scene exploded into [...Read More!]

Sep 082010
 
This Site Featured in the Boston Herald, Tiger-liciously!

“Please please don’t write anything awful,” I begged the reporter over the crackly cellphone line.  “I just got this new job and I really like it and I’m not trying to get thrown out!”

Darren chuckled and calmly replied, “I’m a reporter.  No one would talk to me any more if I violated their trust.  This will be a positive, inspiring story, really.”

The Herald reporter was true to his word, and what [...Read More!]

Sep 062010
 
Back to Boston Public Schools, but the Blog Lives On!

Tomorrow, after a year-long Leave of Absence to circumnavigate the globe, I return to being an English teacher in the Boston Public Schools!

I am super, super psyched.  A year away has given me massive new appreciation for living in beautiful Boston, for the great people here, and for being a teacher in BPS.

“But,” some of you may be asking now, sniffling slightly, “does this mean the end of this blog?”

No, no, [...Read More!]

Aug 302010
 
Headscarves in Schools: A Gorgeous Perspective

The world’s relationship with Muslim culture is one of the most intense and important topics around these days.

And thus it is with joy and hope for all humanity that I bring you an absolutely beautiful story from last week in our multicultural ESL class.

Let us allow the story to unfold through the words and pictures of three women in our class: Mafer from Venezuela, Yuri from Japan, and Meaad from Saudi [...Read More!]

Aug 242010
 
The Sexiest Buildings in Boston: Part 3

Are you a diligent student seeking a place to study that doesn’t smell like your little brother’s socks?

Are you a tourist to Boston who enjoys lovely spaces which photograph well, but don’t charge a tiresome entrance fee?

Are you a hip 20-something questing for a quiet space to rock out the Internet?

Are you an economical human who is sick of spending money on music and books, or on that obligatory coffee which [...Read More!]

Aug 192010
 
YCC Ghana's Genius Reading Club Program

We have discussed where clothes you donate might end up, but what about the BOOKS you toss into the “Donation” bin?

Me, I only had a hazy idea of how my old tomes might be used.  Did they find a second life as firewood?  Toilet paper?  Food storage? Sometimes I worried about my cast-off literature’s fate.

And thus it was with absolute joy, during the three months I volunteered in Ghana, that I [...Read More!]

Aug 162010
 
A Hot Dog Eating Contest as an ESL Field Trip

Pop quiz:

You’re an ESL teacher at an accredited English language school in Boston’s posh Back Bay.

Where do you take your students for the final field trip of Session 8?

Obvious Answer:

First to bowling, then to a hot dog-eating contest, of course!

I’ve written a photo essay about Laos, but what follows is far classier: a photo essay documenting a hot dog-eating challenge!

To be frank (haha!) I think you’ll dig the tale’s shocking [...Read More!]

Aug 122010
 
The Sexiest Buildings in Boston: Part 2

Today is my ONE YEAR anniversary of taking that first flight out of Boston into the 9-month journey that would ultimately span Japan, Southeast Asia, Ghana, Iberia… and a whole heck of a lot of learning and fun!

How to celebrate?  By sharing with you my absolute FAVORITE building in Boston.  I am panting a little as I write this, I love this structure so much.  Please honor my love and read [...Read More!]

Aug 102010
 
Mei’s Article: Life in Boston Versus Life in Taiwan

Article #12 in the ESL Student Life Stories Project, by Mei from Taiwan, age 35.

Pedestrians First!  The cars stop behind the white line whenever I cross the road here in Boston.

I am so surprised by the street action!  I come from Taiwan, where drivers and passengers always contest each other.

Sometimes in Taiwan, a driver will curse at you if you don’t let his car pass.  He will [...Read More!]