“Happiness is like a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne Over Spring Break our family visited The Butterfly Palace in Branson, Missouri. How incredible it was to learn about how much these delicate creatures can accomplish in the […]Read more "Butterfly Joy"
Can you write a complete story in just three lines? If you’d like to give it a try, check out the daily prompt at 100 Words a Day. As for me, this was too fun not to try! Today’s Photo Prompt: The Hunt He searched white beaches, bustling cities, exotic lands – searching […]Read more "Three Line Tale – “The Hunt”"
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone and with a latte in hand.” – Traveling Honeybird Midway through my morning I realized a […]Read more "My Summer Travels… in a Cup"
“It’s bigger than imagination.” – Ark Encounter Slogan Two weeks ago our family drove out to Williamstown, Kentucky where we walked through Noah’s Ark. No, I’m not kidding! Ark Encounter, a theme park that opened in July 2016, features the largest replica of Noah’s Ark that exists in the world today. The construction is […]Read more "Encountering the Ark"
If I had to choose the one travel experience that has made the greatest impression on me, I would have to go with the summer I spent in Shanghai, China. It was the first time I had ever traveled out of the country, and with fresh passport in hand I raced […]Read more "Throwback Thursday – Shanghai Summer"
❝One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.❞ ‒Frank Smith ❝The limits of my language are the limits of my world.❞ ‒Ludwig Wittgenstein Over Christmas Break this past December, my fellow teachers and I were called into an emergency meeting. We were told that […]Read more "V – VIP Kid (How Teaching English Saved My Life)"
“The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is a war between architecture and painting in which both come out badly maimed.” – John Canaday “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” – Frank Gehry As an artist, do you ever feel misunderstood by your audience? If so, then architect Frank Lloyd Wright […]Read more "G – From Garish to Glorious: The Tale of the Guggenheim Museum"
The other day I was with my four-year-old son in the yard when we noticed an airplane zooming overhead. “If you could fly anywhere in the whole world, where would you go?” I asked. Without hesitating, he cried gleefully, “McDonald’s!” I laughed, but realized that because of his limited experiences, that probably was the […]Read more "Dreaming Bigger"
I was excited to discover that January is National Hot Tea Month! Though my wife and I have recently developed a taste for good coffee, I’ve found solace in a good cup of tea since my early college years. It all started during my first teaching trip to Mainland China in the Summer of […]Read more "Celebrating Hot Tea Month – 5 Songs to Soothe Your Soul"
The students’ eyes beamed as they handed me their parting gift – a framed collection of hand-painted masks from the Chinese Opera. “Xie, xie,” I used the Chinese word of thanks, my eyes filling with tears. “It’s beautiful.” On the way to the airport, I gazed at the cardboard homes and overcrowded streets cluttered […]Read more "Friday Fictioneers – “Gratitude”"