On Saturday I had the privilege of attending an IATEFL PronSIG conference in Glasgow. The name of the conference was “The Road to Pron-tegration” and its focus was on teaching and practicing pronunciation; which, to be honest is something that as a teacher I have always shied away from. I suppose the reason for thatContinue reading “IATEFL PronSIG Glasgow One Day Event”
So over the past few months I have been experimenting with the use of mind mapping as a teaching tool. I know many teachers who use it as a warm-up activity or even as a production task. But I’ve been curious wether it’s possible to create an entire lesson out of a mind map createdContinue reading “Mind Mapping My Way to Nanowrimo!”
This week I was scheduled to conduct a Lecture for all the EFL students. I decided to give a lecture on LGBTQ+ History. It seemed like a great idea as I was planning it, but when the day came to give my first of 4 lectures I started to have doubts. Would this be anContinue reading “Counting Stars”
They call it “Coming out of the closet”. The moment that nearly every queer person faces at some point in their lives. The moment when they stop pretending, stop lying, stop hiding and step out with truth into who they really are. Usually it starts with just one person: a close friend, sibling or evenContinue reading “A Seed of Grace”
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. As a matter of fact, I haven’t posted anything since the U.S. Election. And no, it’s not because I needed a safe space to cry or feel feelings. I’ve been grieving, yes. But not about the election. What saddens me is as I read the newsContinue reading “The “Other””
From Luis and me and our cat Barry who is not very happy to be wearing a Christmas sweater, we hope this time of year is filled with, love, joy, peace and kindness! Blessings to you and your loved ones wherever you may be!
Shortly after coming to Shanghai in 2014 I was missing the community I left behind in the US. The church of believers I regularly fellowshipped and worshiped with had been wonderful, but after I left, I only heard from maybe 2 or 3 people; and hardly on any kind of regular basis. I was lonely.Continue reading “Grace From the Shadows”
So this is a post I have been putting off writing because, to be honest, I don’t want to write it. It would be easier to ignore what I’m seeing, ignore what’s been bothering me and just say: well, it’s someone else’s problem, someone else can speak out about it. And that would be easy,Continue reading “One Party, One Candidate, One Hope”
Apparently today is National Coming Out Day. So I thought I would take a few minutes to share some of my best and most painful coming out experiences. For me personally, coming out or, being open and honest with people about my sexual orientation has always been a humbling, spiritual experience. It forces me toContinue reading ““Coming Out” or, in other words… “Stepping into Authentic Life””
For national Day week, Luis and I decided to spend the week in Xiamen.