Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Go East, Young Man

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Blogging has been MIA for the past week as I have moved halfway across the world–literally. I am now living in Mokpo, South Korea, where I teach English to Korean kids. My profession makes me either an agent of globalization or of cultural imperialism, depending on your point of view.

My decision to come here was motivated by a desire for some change in my life, the chance to travel, an excellent job offer, and the opportunity to teach. My first week in the country has been very nice and gone much more smoothly than I expected. Although most of the people do not speak much English, they are very friendly and helpful.

I will blog in greater detail about my adventures as well as get back to discussing politics over the next few days. But rest assured this blog (as well as Podcast Appalachia) will continue!

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Did I mention I’m moving to South Korea tomorrow?

Tragedy in the Midsouth

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

We should all take a break from watching Super Tuesday results and say a prayer for the tornado victims in Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas.

A Delayed Reaction

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Glen Dean tagged me over a month ago, but I’m just now getting around to responding. Sorry for the delay, but here are my answers:

1) Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
2) Share 7 facts about yourself.
3) Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4) Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Seven Facts About Me

I read on average three books a week.
2) I think Boone, NC is the greatest place in the world.
3) I can claim blood relation to Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, William Henry Harrison, Stonewall Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln (I’m a genealogy nerd).
4) In college I worked in three different school newspapers at three different colleges.
5) My favorite TV shows are The Sopranos, Friday Night Lights, Coach, the X-Files, Newhart, The Drew Carey Show, and the various Star Treks.
6) I have no idea what I want to do with my life, but I have the vague feeling it should involve education.
7) I still haven’t decided if I want to “grow up”.

So I must choose seven people. They are: Adrienne Royer, Brian Hornback, Rob Huddleston, Stacey Campfield, Michael Silence, Joe Lance, and Marie Freeman

Happy New Year

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Wishing you and yours a splendid 2008!

O Holy Night

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Merry Christmas to you and your kin!

And if you need help getting into the Christmas spirit, this is always worth a read:

EDITOR’S NOTE: Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church, according to the Web site for the Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

Dear Editor:

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.’

Please tell me the truth – Is there a Santa Claus?

Viriginia O’Hanlon

115 West Ninety-Fifth Street

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age.

They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measure by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.

Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest man that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Give Thanks

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. It’s fair to say that we all have very much to be thankful for even though we usually don’t realize it. Let’s all try to remember that, today and everyday.

I’m Back

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

I am back from New York. Regular blogging will now resume. Thank you for your patience. I will be posting pictures soon.

I should also note that this month marks the fourth anniversary of this blog. It doesn’t seem like four years have passed since I was an eager young College Republican at UT making my first voyage into the blogosphere. It’s been a great ride so far, and hopefully it won’t end for years to come.

Geez I Miss Boone

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Some reasons why.

Madeleine L’Engle, 1918-2007

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Madeleine L’Engle has died. As a child I really enjoyed her classic A Wrinkle in Time, which is one of the most imaginative books out there. RIP.