“Kids These Days”: on Feeling Old

"The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they knew everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them." Peter the Hermit, 1274 AD I slipped on my ankle yesterday and it still hurts today. … Continue reading “Kids These Days”: on Feeling Old

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It’s Not Just You: Hair Loss in Korea

“I don’t know if it’s my imagination, but ever since I got to Korea, my hair seems to be falling out a lot. Is this just me?” I’m part of a few Facebook groups for people living in Korea, and I see variations on the above statement every few weeks. And no, if you’re reading … Continue reading It’s Not Just You: Hair Loss in Korea

Doing Things For Fun: Of Me and D&D

Doing Things For Fun: Of Me and D&D

For the longest time, I avoided playing D&D, despite being an avid fan of fantasy novels and fantasy games. I played World of Warcraft for years... but I refused to touch D&D. It was a level of nerdiness I refused to reach. D&D - and all tabletop roleplaying games - was the domain of pendants … Continue reading Doing Things For Fun: Of Me and D&D

Beating Like A Hammer: When One No Longer Loves The Things One Used To Love

Come take my pulse, the pace is on a runaway train Help, I'm alive, my heart keeps beating like a hammer Beating like a hammer I’ve had trouble sleeping lately. This happens to me from time to time - maybe more frequently than it should - so this is hardly anything new. But something feels … Continue reading Beating Like A Hammer: When One No Longer Loves The Things One Used To Love

Sifting Corn Flakes: of Bad Bosses

On the last day that I left the office, I started crying as soon as I saw my car in the parking lot. When I got in, I started to cry. And then I sobbed the whole way home, which fogged up my glasses.

Going to the Dentist in Korea

Going to the Dentist in Korea

Is there anyone who doesn't enjoy a trip to the dentist? All that expense. All the drilling. All the pain. I know that for many who come to Korea as teachers, they finally have access to some measure of cover for dental care, and would like to find a dentist to finally get their teeth … Continue reading Going to the Dentist in Korea

A Time To Mourn

People talk a lot about grief. And when they do, they talk about things like "closure" and things like "healing".

I don't believe in those things.

The Air Hurts My Face: Surviving the Cold in Korea

It's still winter. How on earth is it still winter? I will admit, here and now, that truly cold weather was one of the things that I was most excited about - and terrified of - experiencing before I came to Korea. Before I came to Korea (at the ripe old age of 24), I had … Continue reading The Air Hurts My Face: Surviving the Cold in Korea

Why I Joined – And Stayed In – A Choir

You said to me once that pathos left you unmoved, but that beauty, mere beauty, could fill your eyes with tears. - Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray For the last year, I have spent almost three hours on public transport every Sunday in order to get to and from choir practice. I joined the choir during … Continue reading Why I Joined – And Stayed In – A Choir

Apologies Matter

I’ve been on the receiving end of but far too many times. I don't think I've ever assumed that the person behind but is actually sorry. I've felt like I have justify why I didn't know something I couldn't have known, or why someone else didn't do something that they should have done.