A Monk from the Matayog Health and Wellness Center

A few months ago I posted an interview with Richie Quirino, author of The Amen Vibration, the story of his spiritual journey (Link Recently he introduced me to Dada, a childhood friend who had lived in India, Africa and South America and was now back in the Philippines as the head monk at the Matayog Health and Wellness Center in Parañaque. (Link). Dada and I talked at the coffee shop in the Hotel Kimberly across the street from my subdivision in Tagaytay. Thanks to Dada for the photos I pulled from the center’s Facebook page.Read More

EFL in Afghanistan, Part 2

Lisa and I met twenty-some years ago when both of us were teaching English as a Foreign Language in Seoul. While I stayed at my university, she moved on to teach in several different countries, earn a doctorate in Australia and do research in educational issues. She is now the director of the English Language Institute in Jackson College in Jackson, Michigan.  We spoke via Skype. During the interview she frequently chuckled at memories of past difficulties.In part one she talked about teaching in a private university in Kabul, and in part two about girls’ education and her research on Read More