All in the Details

Been an eventful start to the year, albeit a bit of bad luck carried over from 2014. Ricky’s New Year’s Eve oyster lunch gave him food poisoning for most of New Year’s Day, and a good friend of ours was in a serious (though non life threatening) bus accident on her way to NYE celebrations … More All in the Details

Portraits and Oranges

Really lost track of this month, apparently. As such, this is more a guilt-post than anything since I’ve been taking refuge with Ricky indoors where it’s warm and there’s much tea anx hot cocoa to be consumed. Anyway, one thing I have been doing is art class. We’ve focused on drawing techniques and I’ve really … More Portraits and Oranges

Art Therapy

Today was part two of the GET Teaching Contest. As finalist, we had to do an open class wherein two judges would sit at the back and watch us while we do our thing in front of the class and try really hard to pretend like we don’t care that every move, intonation, and, of course, mistake … More Art Therapy

Quiz

We had a vocab quiz in class today. Correcting is relaxing if tedious work, but every so often it’s worth it for the gems you find in the answers. This kid may have gotten Bonus Question #7 completely wrong, but they gave it a solid effort. I couldn’t help but draw a picture to go … More Quiz

Birthday Present, Carl Sagan, and Greasy Sex – Not Necessarily in That Order

It’s been an eventful week, as one might imagine from the title. Things are all nice and active. Even though I’m not a student anymore, I officially still like the start of semester – yes, even as a teacher. Something nice and fresh about it. Kids wanting to learn, all your books uncreased, pencils unbroken, … More Birthday Present, Carl Sagan, and Greasy Sex – Not Necessarily in That Order

Re-Embracing the Line – The Story of an Ex-Re-Anime Fan

[A Personal Essay on the Sociology of Anime Fandom in North America] There are many appealing things about Japan. For some it’s the mystique of ancient ninja, padding silently along the tiled curlicues of temple roofs; the dignity of the swordsmith’s art; or the solemnity of the tea ceremony…and for people like me, there’s this: … More Re-Embracing the Line – The Story of an Ex-Re-Anime Fan