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Public Service Announcement

At the request of a few folks, I have created a new blog, hosted on my own server, which integrates posts from a few of my blogs, and this is one of them.

Basically, I have several separate wordpress blogs because many people are only interested in one aspect of my life (teachers read my teaching blog for lesson plans, other Korean expats read my Korea blog, and various people read my personal blog, etc, etc).  It makes it easy for folks who don’t want to have to scroll past a post about my own life, etc.

However, some people *are* interested in all aspects, or at least more than one, and so I have made a new blog on which I post my entries from the most relevant/popular of my other blogs.  The default view is to see everything, but if you want, the categories at the top sift the blog into only posts from a particular wordpress blog.

You are welcome to continue reading this blog, but if you are also interested in getting a broader picture of my life, I would recommend checking out the new one instead, as it will contain not only my posts from here, but from a few other of my blogs as well.

The new blog is HERE.

Update

Sorry for not writing in so long!  I’ve been very busy during this holiday, surprisingly, and have not had much quality time to sit down and write a quality entry.  I do have one coming soon about me and reenacting, again.  There’s a new foreigner here in Jindo who went to a Quaker school, and she has caused me to think about that query again.  It’s such a complicated issue that I really tend to babble about it, but I will do my best to sound coherent, when I do write it.

Update

So, I got ahold of the Seoul Quakers.  There seems to be some debate as to whether Meeting is happening this coming weekend or not, due to Chuseok, but I’m going to go up anyway.  Traveling anywhere else will be expensive, and Landoll and his wife have a guestroom that I am apparently more than welcome to stay in.  Especially given the grossness of my current accomodation, I don’t really care to spend a 4 day weekend puttering around Jindo, since that’s what I do on an average weekend anyway.  So, Seoul it is.  Maybe this time I’ll actually make it down to Suwon to see the folk village.

It will be nice to see them again.  Things have been a bit stressful here, and even though Meeting may not happen, just being around other Quakers was very calming, and so I think it will do me a world of good.  Besides, there’s another 3 day weekend at the end of the month, so I can also always go to meeting then, instead.  Sadly, there’s no holidays in November, and so while I will probably still attempt to head up there for a weekend, it will have to be a whirlwind trip.  But, hopefully it will work and be worth it.

Anyway.  This entry was probably more appropriate for Jindo Waygook than here, but whatever.

Planned Posts

Posts coming soon:

Equality and Teaching in Korea: Oil and Water
Today’s REALLY UnQuakerly Moment (and how uncomfortable it made me)

Hurricane Gustav

So, it looks pretty bad for New Orleans. This hurricane is stronger than Katrina. Thankfully, most people seem to actually be leaving this time, including my some of my Louisiana friends.

I’m also a little worried about my own family. Houston is in Gustav’s potential-path-cone, and having been through a couple bad ones as a kid, I don’t want to know what a category-5 would do. There have been a few close calls with our house being flooded before, and if Gustav hits Houston, it could be really, really bad. For reference, here‘s what Houston looked like after a heavy tropical storm, my senior year of high school. Here‘s other photos (and more).

So, please keep everyone who could be affected in your thoughts over the next couple days.

Twitter?

Are any of you readers on twitter?  If so, let me know and I’ll add you.  I’m over there as driftingfocus.

PSA

Post coming soon about why I dress the way I dress.  Also, the follow up to the first reenacting post.

Also, I just realized that this fall will be the first time in 6 years I will not be experiencing a New England fall, and I’d like to talk about what that means to me, and why fall is such an important season to me.

Note to Self: Posts to Make

Simplicity & The Great Purge (about when I got rid of 75% of my personal possessions)

Playing War (about being a pacifist while reenacting)

Plainness vs. Conservatism (about how my emphasis on simplicity and function over fashion has gotten me mislabeled as a conservative from time to time)

Success!

Wow.  This blog was one of the most popular blogs on WordPress on Wednesday, according to growth of readership.

This makes me quite happy.  I like having readers.

Light Bulb Moment!

I was having trouble sleeping again – the “head noise” I posted about the other day was the culprit – but this time I figured out what the running conversation in my head is:  I’m writing blog posts in my sleep.

I’m serious.  I guess that this journal has been so cathartic that my brain is like “Yes!  Tell people!” in overdrive mode.  Now, I’ve been blogging for 8 years, but this is the first time I have ever really talked about this subject (as I mentioned in one of my posts), and so I guess it was much-needed!

So, I’m going to finish up my reenacting vs. Quaker post now (it’s 5am!), and I also have one coming now that’s about how most of Korea’s tremendous number of nuns and monks (both of Buddhist and Christian persuasion) wear their traditional dress on a daily basis, and the fact that yesterday I realized that it’s reminding me of the Amish.

Anyway – enjoy benefitting from my insomnia.  At least it’s serving some purpose.


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