Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Can you believe it's July already? I certainly can't! It seems like only yesterday I was at Reformed Baptist Church, getting thoroughly trounced in a New Year's Eve ping pong tournament. And now, suddenly, it's already seven months into 2008. The year is over halfway over now! Wow, talk about mind-boggling!

This week is definitely going to be a week where I learn more about that virtue known as patience. The upcoming speech contests mean that I'm giving up more and more time to groom students (I'm not complaining - I'm happy to help), and of course, I want to see them do well. My E2-A class has decided to become a den of monsters. I am continually trying to create new games to keep my students happy and learning. I have a very energetic little puppy that I'm trying to housebreak. The afore-mentioned puppy also needs to be taught not to chew electrical cords. I need to pack for the Philippines. I'm still not sure whether my trip to Corregidor is actually confirmed. I'm trying to make decisions about next year. As you can see, there's a lot on my mind!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"