Tuesday, July 22, 2008


"So what are the themes of your blog?" a discerning reader recently asked me.  
Themes?  To be honest, discerning reader, I hadn't thought that far ahead.  In the beginning, this blog was a means to chronicle my South Korean adventure from beginning to end.  It was a way to gather and disseminate information, and now that I'm actually out here, it has also become a way to keep in touch with family and friends back home.   

The themes of this blog are the themes of my life: identity and allegiance--things I've seen and how they've affected me.  

Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear... 
until you step back and look at them from a different angle. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

What I do..

Although what I do is classified in my contract "teaching," I think of myself as something more akin to a swim coach.  I'm not really teaching any new skills, I'm just drilling the kids in skills that they already know.  I see my job as encouraging them to use their new fledgling ability, while convincing them that the water is safe and fun.  Every once in awhile, however, I have to blow the whistle to let them know that their behavior is out of line...