Starting Over

A while back, I received a guitar as a gift and decided I would learn to play it.  I jumped right into it, using online lessons and a simple beginner’s book the same way I learned to play the harmonica and ukulele.  But I found that it was much more difficult than I expected.  Also, since the guitar has many similarities to the ukulele, songs … Continue reading Starting Over


It’s beginning to look a lot like Saturnalia

Nowadays, I have a really difficult time getting into the Christmas spirit.  Maybe it’s because of how commercialism demands that Christmas carols play on the radio and in the stores before Halloween is over so people will blow more money.  I’m a firm believer in only celebrating one holiday at a time, and by the time Christmas arrives, I am completely burned out on the … Continue reading It’s beginning to look a lot like Saturnalia

Chinese Tutor

Unusual Hobbies: Study a Foreign Language

One of my unusual hobbies is learning languages.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore other cultures, prepare for traveling abroad, and meet interesting new friends.  Aside from my native English, I know bits and pieces of Spanish, German, and Japanese just from regular exposure to them, and I have studied Latin (although I barely remember it).  In addition, I’m fairly fluent in Mandarin, and I … Continue reading Unusual Hobbies: Study a Foreign Language