Monday, August 31, 2015
In honor of TV's best new show, Mr. Robot (and awesome people in general who defy authority and proper convention) here are some silly examples of FSOCIETY from around town. Smile and Enjoy.
My junior American Lit students outside my classroom stand in 30C heat for an hour while an ROTC student corrects the 90 degree right elbow angle of their salute. Baffling.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
You cataracts and hurricanes, spout
Till you have drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks!" -King Lear
Maybe you've seen some of the images on the news. The delivery truck picked-up off its wheels and spun like a top. The Volkswagon caught in a tornado and dropped in a tree. The 747 airplanes tied to the tarmac. Typhoon Soudelor, which hit Taiwan Aug. 8, packed quite a punch.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Taiwanese Boy Punches a Painting, Bad Chinese Translations, and Minion Easter Eggs. This Week in Asia!
Friday, August 28, 2015
I have walked out in rain -and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.
I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain." -Robert Frost
This is just to say... there is a purpose in what we do.
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over the harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on." -Carl Sandburg
Not for all of us... but the very select few who make it their life's pursuit to push students toward a dream of possibility. For those... you have my utmost respect. The rest of you... be damned.
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold" -William Carlos Williams
The moment I told you I'm not coming back, you had me replaced within the hour... my whole curriculum erased. You thought I didn't know, but I knew.
Petals on a wet, black bough." -Ezra Pound
So this is just to say... I still believe in teaching literature!
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching
Or cool one pain
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again
I shall not live in vain." -Emily Dickinson
This is just to say... these students are better equipped than you surmise.
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
chickens" -William Carols Williams
This is just to say... stopping the test taking and the math memorizing for just a moment...to see something sparkle... is worth it.
The humble Sheep, a threatening horn;
While the Lilly white, shall in Love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright." -William Blake
This is just to say... I will miss you all.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
(The following poem was composed last year by my daughter Xian in the middle of 5th grade. Originally posted Feb 27, 2015)
I see buildings like Lego blocks
Beneath me that prickle my feet
Parks and streets no bigger than my thumb.
Clouds at my elbow, mountains at my cheeks.
I’m 23 floors high in the sky.
The world is mine.
(View of Wenshin Park from the balcony. Third apartment in Taichung.)
My tippy-toes touch the tile floor whirling past me below
As my sisters and I ride scooters in the living room.
On two wheels and a board blade we fly.
Round the smooth recliner chair and the soft brown sofa
I hear the piano cry, “Whoa!” I hear the book case scream, “Go!”
I hear the window tremble with envy.
I put on a record:
“Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof!
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you!”
Dad is at the barbecue on the balcony.
I taste the burgers on the grill melting in my mouth.
Cheese sticking to my tongue, lettuce cooling the heat.
I smell the sweet afternoon with my family
Spinning and riding high above the city. Dad says, “Remember this feeling.”
He grabs a scooter, and races me round the kitchen table
He’s right on my heels!
I see and hear and taste and smell and touch
What happiness is to me.