Sunday, April 05, 2015

Resurrection Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, I posted to this blog on a regular basis. It was mostly a journal about my life in Japan and all the extraordinary people I met there. Then, after moving back to the US to attend graduate school at the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, VT, this blog started to lose some momentum, but posts continued to slowly trickle out. When I moved to San Francisco in 2008, the posts… just kinda… stopped.

Now, after many years of silence, I’m ready to resurrect this sucker with a new goal and focus. I want to use this online space to connect with other educators, music lovers, art aficionados, pranksters, and anyone else who takes the time to read whatever dribble I put here. 

I credit my interest in this resurgence to Will Richardson, an author and advocate for personal learning networks. A few years ago, I read his TED Book titled Why School?, which caused me to take a step back and examine the methodologies I was using with my students. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in 21st century education. More recently, I read his book titled Personal Learning Networks, which has really lit a fire in me to be more active online to make useful connections around my passions.

Hence, I plan to post some of my lesson plans and materials, in hopes of connecting and collaborating with other educators. There’s no sense in teaching in an isolated classroom while the bulk of human knowledge is accessible online. I also want to share some of my favorite musical discoveries. I’ve been an avid listener my entire life, and I’m sure someone out there has similar tuneful tastes. My day job affords me the opportunity to join university art classes in a variety of subjects, so I’d like to share some of the epiphanies I experience. I’m sure there are folks out there that know much more than me and can further my understanding. Finally, the internet is a crazy place, so I need a place to rant about my crazy Bay Area Burning Man friends and post pictures of my cat, right?

There’s really no telling where this blog will go. My fingers are crossed that I can build some sort of educational S.T.E.A.M. with it. If I can begin providing some valuable content, while making more connections, and having thoughtful conversations, with just a little bit of goofy fun, I’m sure things will be happily ever after. 

Monday, January 04, 2010

2010 Resolutions

The following are my New Years Resolutions for 2010:

  • Read more. Turn off the computer at night and read a book or magazine before going to sleep.

  • Write more. Update my blog on a more regular basis. Even if I have nothing to say and it's piss poorly written.

  • See more live music. The second half of '09 I feel like I saw the most live music I've seen in the past decade. Continue that. Music is my church, and Lord knows I need to be saved.

  • Cook. I wanna to say, "cook more," but the honest truth is that I don't cook at all, and I need to learn or at least try. I wanna spend time in the kitchen preparing my own meals with more veggies and less meat.

  • Travel more. I wanna go camping in Yosemite, visit family in San Diego, and generally familiarize myself with the great state of California.

  • Take more pictures. I work in a school with amazing, international students. Unfortunately they are only in the States for a limited time, and I want to do a better job documenting my time with them.

  • Use social networks & media. As with the previously stated resolution, I've been building an unbelievable global network of friends for the past decade, and I want to do a better job maintaining those friendships and connections.

  • Call my mom & both my grandmothers more often.

  • Remain positive. No matter what, and don't let the bastards drag me down.

Please wish me luck in this year!

Friday, May 01, 2009


International Cocktail Lounge

Yelp Review: here

Thursday, April 30, 2009


Together Through Life:
Dylan as the best Texas bar band in the world weathering the oncoming apocalypse at the edge of the earth.

Check it out: Amazon