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  • Creativity: To Be or Not To Be (in PD)
    Charlie 'Bird' Parker once said, "If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."   Award-winning educator, Cassie Cox, cleverly connected this statement to the importance of educators "experiencing for ourselves what we hope to inspire." As Cassie headed to New York to study Duke Ellignton's contribution to pop ...

  • We’ll Take You to Your Seoul!
    That title was from a phrase an college friend would always say when talking about their dream of visiting South Korea. It's only fitting and proper that I label my final travel blog with it.   Seoul, (which actually isn't pronouced 'soul' but 'se-uul') is a bubbling metropolitan sprinkled with art establishments, food and fun...

  • South Korea: The Beauty and Her Beast
    After flying from Hiroshima, Japan to Seoul, South Korea we embarked on a long bus ride to the east coast to Gangnuem. Though this was no Shinkansen (Japanese bullet train), traveling through this Korean countryside was relaxing within itself.       The mountains during the ride from west South Korea (Seoul)...
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  • Hiroshima: The Power of Perspective
    The cries. The wails. The sounds every parent holds their breath to hear. He's here. He's finally here! Healthy and crying with a full set of fingers and toes, they greeted their baby boy on the dawn of the morning, August 6th, 1945.Then it came.And in one second, he was not only orphaned but was the only one to remain living from his ent...
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  • Kyoto: A Step Back in Time
    If Tokyo is the epicenter of the modern Orient, then Kyoto is like the #TBT (throwback Thursday) of Japan. Holding on to its distinct heritage, Kyoto is must see, with its cobblestone stone streets and temples galore, especially if you are on a educational cultural trek like I am.Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Kyoto was once ...

  • Our Last Days in Tokyo
    Our last two days in Tokyo were completely filled. After many mentions from friends who have visited Japan (thanks Adam!), at the last minute I decided to visit the famous Tsukijo Fish Market in Tokyo. One must rise with the morning sun to be able to watch the exciting auction of large tuna and salmon but this girl did not. Shayne and I g...

  • Tokyo Traditions
    After many trains and subways, we finally reached Tokyo. My Hilton Ambassador, Chikoto, did a wonderful job showing us the cultural aspects of Japan but we really valued her showing us the train/subway systems! Valuable information I tell you. Valuable. Going through the Tokyo station was like going through a well lit, crowed yet impr...

  • Konnichiwa Japan!
    Last minute packing and moved our house sitters in. Then the alert email came in from the US Embassy: Alert typhoon headed toward Japan! Great. But even with that news, our flight wasn't delayed and we both usually reside on the optimistic side of it all. After a decent 10 hour flight (Shayne was very impressed with the free movie ...

  • Building Your Own Creative PD
    DING! I turned my head to see the email pop up. Heart quickened, eyes focused. My first response letter from the NEH Summer Fellowship is in. I quickly scanned it just to see, ‘We regret to inform you that we cannot offer you a place for this year’s program.’ As my heart sank as the second DING from the NEH Gettysburg Fello...

  • I Thanked a Teacher and He Got $10,000!
    Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Mr. Steven Miller was my 6th grade general studies teacher and he made me realize that it was ok to be me. It’s ok to be crazy and think out of the box. It’s ok to go above and beyond other people’s expectations of you (though they might think that you're odd). It's ok to not fit in when you were...