The Best (Almost Free) Thing I Brought to Korea

It’s fair to say I grossly over-packed for Korea.  I can hardly blame myself.  With little idea of where I would live, where I would work, and what resources I could easily access, I felt compelled to pack for life a big city, a remote island village, and every place in between.  Moreover, my height … Continue reading The Best (Almost Free) Thing I Brought to Korea

New Schedule, Same Constant Change

Life always changes.  Nothing is permanent. However, in Korea, that flux feels just a bit faster. This semester I’ve slowly adjusted to a new schedule - my walk-in-the-park 16-class load expanded to 20.  However, despite initial growing pains, I’ve found several positives in this new work routine. Initially, I taught 8 classes in the first … Continue reading New Schedule, Same Constant Change

My First Temple Stay

 I felt supremely grateful for the timing of the Chuseok holiday. Between classroom difficulties (one student accused of cheating during a game yelled at my co-teacher and his classmates), lesson difficulties (A lesson bombed due to insufficient English speaking and excessive ease), and other serious interpersonal student problems beyond the scope of my class, I … Continue reading My First Temple Stay

Meditational Bliss – Wariness of Attachment

As I sat in Kim Dae-Jung Plaza, my eyes closed, my ears tuned into two birds’ argumentative chatter, thoughts fluttered across my mind like headlines underscoring a news report. “What's ruffling these bird' feathers?” “The weather is beautiful today.” “I wonder how much time is left.” One benefit of daily meditation comes from sitting alone … Continue reading Meditational Bliss – Wariness of Attachment