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16 Nov 2012

The only time I don’t feel alone and somewhat suspicious in a crowd is when I’m singing along with them.

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26 Apr 2012

Oh, like, wow

Maybe it’s my post-Korea much-improved diet, or my school’s new water filter cutting down on my lead intake, or just Spring, but for whatever reason almost everything I read, see, or think lately hits with revelatory force, but two hours later I can barely recall what it was, and have no idea why I thought [...]

Filed by shaun at April 26th, 2012 under indifferenthonest
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11 Mar 2012

one year ago

One year ago today, I was in my school gymnasium in my best suit and white tie. Graduation was almost over: the students had walked across stage to get their diplomas, speeches had been made, and about half of the people in the gym were teary-eyed. All that was left was the graduates’ song, and [...]

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14 Oct 2010

Never

He was tall, and strong, and he could do anything. I keep thinking those words, over and over again. He was smart, he could make anything. That was what my daddy was, to me, when I was younger. And if it turned out later that he wasn’t tall, god was he strong. He was depressed. [...]

Filed by shaun at October 14th, 2010 under indifferenthonest
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1 Oct 2010

Seen a shooting star tonight

So you walk home between the rice fields, and the moon isn’t out, but all your other old friends are: Orion for the first time this year, and the little bear and great, and even elusive Draco, all spread out across the enormous night above you. And the occasional headlights from behind make every step [...]

Filed by shaun at October 1st, 2010 under indifferenthonest
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3 Sep 2010

Self, tense

Let’s talk a bit about the grammar of the self, shall we? As a(n assistant) language teacher, you spend a lot more time thinking about grammar than most people. Clauses and tenses are less automatic. I realized just now that, barring narrative or a lower-level English student, there is only one tense that is really [...]

Filed by shaun at September 3rd, 2010 under indifferenthonest
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17 Jul 2010

I love this place, the enormous sky

New ALTs (Assistant Language Teacher; me) are coming. If this were only a canyon instead of a basin, I’d have a great Mamas & Papas quote for a title (they are all young girls). This meant my (self-imposed) duty was to e-mail and brief them on the area. It was a bit of a challenge [...]

Filed by shaun at July 17th, 2010 under indifferenthonest
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23 May 2010

Storytellers

I’m happy, very happy almost all the time now, because I honestly love teaching, and I live in a gorgeous and interesting place, and materially am pretty comfortable. But even with all this happiness (most of the time I drive home from work just amazed at how great my day was, even on the relatively [...]

Filed by shaun at May 23rd, 2010 under indifferenthonest
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