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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
About a week ago, a friend from home asked me whether or not Korea was treating me better this time around. I didn't give a particularly good answer, but I did promise to blog about it when I'd had some time to think. While it's difficult to determine offhand whether it's worse or better, I have found … Continue reading The Differentness of Things: Korea Round 2
In a point entirely related to the things I created this blog to blog about, I have returned to Korea, to the same city, to the same school I was teaching at before. Surprise. The feeling of "But why?" was strong before I left SA (again), and is strong among the people who are still … Continue reading And So The Blog Returns To Life