Spider-man: Homecoming and Character Decision Making

The writer’s axiom “show don’t tell” I have known for as long as I can recall and for perhaps as long I have wrestled whether consciously or not with the validity of this principle rule of writing. In its simplest and most unimpeachable form, it is the idea that a writer should never have the … Read moreSpider-man: Homecoming and Character Decision Making

Reflection/Update: The Student-Inspired Story

Near the start of this year, for the start of the second semester, I had the privilege of teaching my eight grade students a unit on “Crime and Mystery,” which included a couple of Sherlock Holmes stories (“The Adventure of the Speckled Band” and “The Red-headed League”), a couple Miss Marple stories from The Thirteen Problems, … Read moreReflection/Update: The Student-Inspired Story

Mission to Kyiv: Update 3 – Still Alive, Still “Figuring It Out,” & Fall Retreat

Hello everyone! I am still alive. It has been growing on my mind that I should write a blog to let everyone know what is happening here in Ukraine, since it is now about six weeks since my last update. Thus, you should know, first of all, that I am, in fact, still alive. I … Read moreMission to Kyiv: Update 3 – Still Alive, Still “Figuring It Out,” & Fall Retreat

Mission to Kyiv: Update 2 – First Impressions & Three Weeks

Hello everyone!

I am sorry it has been four weeks since my last update (wait, that means I’ve been here a whole month?), but my weekends have been consumed with class preparations and grading. A lot has happened about which I would like to tell you and I haven’t much time (I have more class prep and grading to do), so I will be as brief as verbose I can be. (“Verbose” is an adjective modifying the pronoun “I” to illustrate contrast with the adverbial claim that I will be brief.)

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Mission to Kyiv: Update 1 – Arrival, First Week, & Teacher Orientation

Hey Folks!

It looks like it has been exactly two weeks since I have last updated you on my mission to Kyiv; on some scales, that is not a lot of time, but much has happened in that short amount of time!  So here goes. I will do my best to be concise.

(Pictured above is the outside door that leads to my apartment.)

On Monday, August 8th (wow, was that last week?) my parents drove me to JFK airport in New York City.

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Mission to Kyiv – Ante-departure Update 2

Hey everyone!

I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since I have updated you on my mission — it doesn’t feel like a month I’ve been so busy with preparations and farewells. God has done much in that time, according to the riches of His grace, such that I am able and set to leave for Ukraine on Monday.

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Mission to Kyiv – Ante-Departure Update 1

Hey folks! Last Thursday, I mailed my visa application and documents to the Consulate General of Ukraine in New York. It took me a while to even get all the right paperwork and make absolute certain that I was sending everything in properly. Initially, I had tried to apply for my Visa online, but after … Read moreMission to Kyiv – Ante-Departure Update 1