When people find out I teach for a living from my home, they get confused. Then they learn my students are from around the globe, and confusion grows. How do you teach people who don’t speak English from so far away? [Read more…]
I remember my first job interview. It consisted of the manager at our local Burger Chef calling me on my sixteenth birthday to ask me when I was coming to work. Nearly all of my older siblings had worked there, and he had anticipated his new cashier for some time. I showed up, donned my brown and orange polyester uniform, and walked straight into the work force.
Not all interviews are quite that easy. So much can’t be learned from an application or even from a cursory interview. A resume only tells part of the story, but a person’s character is so much more than what a piece of paper can tell. How will this person handle pressure? Is he kind? How will he treat people? [Read more…]
My hometown, Richmond, Virginia, has become a trendy area for its social networks, food scene, and focus on the arts. Over the years, their social magazines and websites have focused on what’s “Very Richmond.” Readers contribute anything from fishing on the James River shoreline to clubbing in Shockoe Bottom. This capital city is a hub of entertainment and culture, and the art scene beckons those who seek beauty.
Ten years ago, I moved to another capital city, albeit a bit farther north: Lansing, MI. [Read more…]
A writer spends a lot of time sitting. Apparently I sit aggressively. In a recent venue change, my new landlord noted how worn my office chair is. He commented to my two sons as they helped move furniture that they should make sure Mom got a new chair for Christmas. I shrugged it off and kept using the worn out chair. [Read more…]
Some memories just never fade; though, I do wish I still had that picture of my younger self with that little green chalkboard my baby sister and I received for Christmas many years ago. Looking back, I probably should apologize [Read more…]