In the Winds


Boundary Waters with the Bergets
August 18, 2009, 8:18 pm
Filed under: Misc
This was the best catch of the week....it just so happened to be off the dock the day before we set out.  Oh well, its the biggest smallie I've ever caught.

This was the best catch of the week....it just so happened to be off the dock the day before we set out. Oh well, its the biggest smallie I've ever caught.

This is David demonstrating picture perfect sunny-catching technique

This is David demonstrating picture perfect sunny-catching technique.

Freestyle jumping.

Freestyle jumping.

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Korean Wedding
May 31, 2009, 9:36 am
Filed under: Misc

This the bride being carried in for the processional

This the bride being carried in for the processional

One of our friends was asked to be the ceremonial massive-umbrella-holder.  Good job Josh.

One of our friends was asked to be the ceremonial massive-umbrella-holder. Good job Josh.

There were many magical and confusing moments:  This is the point of the service when two men dressed like nurses threw a pair of live chickens into the air and succumb to gravity quite quickly.  Then apparently the custom is to chase and catch the chickens.  We're not entirely clear on the meaning and symbolism of this tradition.

There were many magical and confusing moments: This is the point of the service when two men dressed like nurses threw a pair of live chickens into the air like they were doves...We watched quizzically as they rapidly succumbed to the bonds of gravity. Then apparently the custom is to chase and catch the chickens. There was no sacrifice of the chickens after said catching, though there were speculations among the foreigners. We're not entirely clear on the meaning and symbolism of this tradition.

We have a winner!

We have a winner!

Then came the traditional piggy back ride recessional.

Then came the traditional piggy back ride recessional.



3 R’s
May 24, 2009, 2:31 pm
Filed under: Korea, Misc

After a unit on environment, litter bugs, and pollution, I took my kindergarten class out on a trash hunt around our school. They LOVED it and were happily picking up every piece of litter they could find on the sidewalks – often fighting over the biggest pieces and exulting in odd finds, like shoelaces. -liz

trash 4 group

Sarah and Jamie compare finds.

Sarah and Jamie compare finds.

Trash Vultures.

Trash Vultures.

She renamed herself Tinkerbell last month.

She renamed herself Tinkerbell last month.



POEM OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY
February 15, 2009, 2:15 pm
Filed under: Art, Lyrics, Misc

This poem is actually a song by Bob Dylan.  So many good songs have tension in the lyrics.  (“if I stay there will be trouble….If I go there will be double.”)  Just kidding….maybe not the  best example.  But honestly I think we are drawn to songs with tension because they are  more sincere and true to life.  Our deepest emotions are, more often than not, layered and in competition with each other.   This song is a perfect example

Abandoned Love

I can hear the turning of the key
I’ve been deceived by the clown inside of me.
I thought that he was righteous but he’s vain
Oh, something’s a-telling me I wear the ball and chain.

My patron saint is a-fighting with a ghost
He’s always off somewhere when I need him most.
The Spanish moon is rising on the hill
But my heart is a-tellin’ me I love ya still.

I come back to the town of the flaming ruins
I see you in the streets, I begin to swoon.
I love to see you dress before the mirror
Won’t you let me in your room one time, before I disappear?

Everybody’s wearing a disguise
To hide what they’ve got left behind their eyes.
But me, I can’t cover what I am
Wherever the children go I’ll follow them.

I march in the parade of liberty
But as long as I love you I’m not free.
How long must I suffer such abuse
Won’t you let me see you smile one time before I cut you loose?

I’ve given up the game, I’ve got to leave,
The pot of gold is only make-believe.
The treasure can’t be found by men who search
Whose gods are dead and whose queens are in the church.

We sat in an empty theater and we kissed,
I asked ya please to cross me off-a your list.
My head tells me it’s time to make a change
But my heart is telling me I love ya but you’re strange.

One more time at midnight, near the wall
Take off your heavy make-up and your shawl.
Won’t you descend from the throne, from where you sit?
Let me feel your love one more time before I abandon it.



Fad Recycling?
November 13, 2008, 1:45 pm
Filed under: Misc

slap-braceletPogs. Slap-bracelets. Are these making a comeback anywhere ELSE in the world? As of the last two months, they’re all the rage with the pre-pubescent Korean student demographic. We’re trying to figure out if this is a worldwide lame-fad renaissance, or if Korea’s just now catching the wave….20 years later.



September 10, 2008, 11:56 am
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Introducing…..
August 21, 2008, 1:42 pm
Filed under: Misc

The COMMENT CONTEST!!!!!

Anyone who has ever created a blog knows the strange joy and unnecessary insecurity wrapped around receiving comments. Therefore, we first apologize for our past e-transgressions. We have not always been punctual with comments to your blogs of beauty. We see the statistics of people reading this blog, so we know there are many of you that are dropping in. (Thanks!)…. Nonetheless, we crave dialogue. And we as teachers believe in incentives. Maybe stickers won’t work, but we thought we would give something else a try.

Henceforth, we will be having a comment CONTEST! One point for every (legitimate) comment. Two points for those that we subjectively deem especially insightful/humorous/breathtaking. (We are not kidding).

We will be keeping a running tally.  The top three comment-leavers, by the end of the year, will receive a South Korean souvenir. We’re not talking a simple T-shirt here….we’ll make it worth your while.

Leaderboard:

1. Dana/Drew – 3 comments;  Billy/Marta – 3 comments

2. Sarah/Brad – 2 comments;  Darren/Rachel – 2 comments; Paul/Linnea – 2 comments

3. Many tied for third with 1 comment

Yes, we think we’re funny.  But, yes, we are serious about the prizes.  We will update the leaderboard on a monthly basis.    (!!!)

P.S.  for Heidi:  This was Eric’s idea.  Competition must be contagious.