El Salvador: Birthdays

This past weekend was my birthday. I'm really close with my family, so it's not always easy to be away from them during celebrations. However, living abroad has the unique advantage of celebrating in new ways. First, my school department took me to El Zócalo, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in El Salvador. I... Continue Reading →

Poetry Wednesday: “The Story-Teller”

Mark Van Doren was a poet, critic, and professor born in Hope, Illinois (a couple hour drive from where I grew up). Educated at the University of Illinois and later Columbia University (where he would later become professor), he won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1940. Highly influential, I first came across Van Doren's... Continue Reading →

Poetry Wednesday: Abandoned Farmhouse

Ted Kooser, 2004 and 2005 US Poet Laureate, visited my small, Midwestern university back in 2009. Unfortunately I was not able to attend his poetry reading at the time. Nevertheless, I became slightly acquainted with his poetry. Ted Kooser, born in 1939, is a pastoral, Midwestern poet of sorts. He focuses on rural landscapes and... Continue Reading →

El Salvador: Día del Niño and Grand Views

Although officially Día del Niño is observed on October 1st, students at my school celebrated with half day of school on Friday, September 30. The half day was filled with food, games, and a spectacular performance from the seniors. It was really amazing to watch them band together in rehearsal (okay, I only saw one rehearsal)... Continue Reading →

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