Author Archives: Headmistress

Random Notes On Our Last Month of School

Written back in May: Down to the wire with the Boy, all we are currently doing is reading some short stories and essays together – about half an hour to 45 minutes in a day, and his father is reading a chapter of Proverbs with him at night (this is in addition to the schooling […]

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Read in August

I read fewer books in August than I have previous months of this year for a couple reasons. I tried to read more nonfiction, and nonfiction slows me down. I started volunteering at the high school every day. I work in the library and supervise the study halls, which are mostly in the library. To […]

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Martial Law in Davao City

People ask me what it’s like. It’s hard to explain. I can’t speak for what it’s like for anybody else, of course, and I operate on the periphrases. But here are a couple of things that might give you the flavor of Martial Law here: I use a backpack for a purse because none of […]

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Aging and bruising

I have a couple of really large, very colourful bruises, and no idea how I got them. One of them in particularly bothers me because I feel sure I *should* know. It’s the kind of thing where i have this vague memory of doing something (what? I don’t know), and saying to myself, ‘Self, that’s […]

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Cultural Gears

This is an unfinished, clunky, incomplete thought.It’s not that new, it’s just that living in a very foreign country has me thinking about it all over again. It’s hard to explain, precisely. I think I have made clear, we really love it here in the Philippines. If our families were here, we’d stay. If we […]

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