Category Archives: Learning

The Siren Call of Plans, the Reality of Maybe


Deep in my heart, I know, from experience, that planning is futile. You can have a general idea, but grip too tightly and the pressure turns that which is lively and light into a cold, hard, useless thing. Yet part … Continue reading

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2012 Poster Child for Water Safety


“If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to serve as a horrible warning.” ~Catherine Aird Having had a few days of reflection, the aforeblogged New Year’s Paddleâ„¢ is officially my not-the-most-clever activity of the year. Out … Continue reading

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My Brain Huuuuurts


Sunday evening I arrived in San Pedro after 28 hours of nonstop travel. That is not a typo. And most of it went more smoothly than expected. There is not a sense of urgency in Guatemala; the bus may or … Continue reading

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Learning Another Language: Excuse #8


“Here speeching American.” – A sign in a Mallorca shop entrance Everybody can learn to speak another language. You did it with English, right? Whether you believe you can or can’t, you’re always right. Even if you don’t plan to … Continue reading

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Making It Happen


A couple years ago we hosted a CouchSurfer that spent six weeks in Guatemala to learn Spanish for work she was doing. Cool, but not something that I felt drawn to at the time. Last year I went through (yet) … Continue reading

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