Quarantine Commencement Address

Class of 2020. Family and friends of graduating students. Teachers, support staff, and administrators. Thank you for the opportunity to say a few words during your commencement ceremony. I consider it a great honor to be addressing you on this momentous day, during an atypical period of history for this country and for the entire… Continue reading Quarantine Commencement Address

“No Walk in the Park!”: the Quarantine and Figures of Speech

The following is a writing exercise about the quarantine using 20 different types of figures of speech. For an explanation of any FoS that might be unfamiliar to you, please refer to the article that inspired my exercise. Alliteration: The quarantine quashed my quests to foreign locales for the foreseeable future. Anaphora: I want to… Continue reading “No Walk in the Park!”: the Quarantine and Figures of Speech

One Year with My Huawei P30 Pro: A Photo Retrospective

It has been about a year since I purchased my Huawei P30 Pro. A year ago, I was in the market for a new phone but was more interested in a device that could serve as my back up camera, so I was mostly looking for a top of the line camera in a phone.… Continue reading One Year with My Huawei P30 Pro: A Photo Retrospective

Conan’s Gantlet of Grammar

Gauntlet: "a strong glove with a long, loose wrist."Gantlet: "go through an intimidating or dangerous crowd or experience in order to reach a goal."Google Dictionary These are weird times. Currently, most of the world is some state of quarantine, and many people are practicing social distancing. Being cooped up in my apartment, teaching online several… Continue reading Conan’s Gantlet of Grammar

Response to Fwd: Global Health Advisory – Level 4 Do Not Travel, March 19, 2020

Hello Conan, I hope you are well. Are you considering returning to the U.S. given the DOS level 4 restrictions?   Whatever you do, I hope you are well-connected and keeping up your spirits! Best wishes, Friend ---------- Forwarded message --------- The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the… Continue reading Response to Fwd: Global Health Advisory – Level 4 Do Not Travel, March 19, 2020

Response to a Friend on Teaching, Traveling, and Job Transitioning during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Conan! How are you? Are you guys having classes? Is the university closed? I got a job at XXX University! I need your advice as to how to transition and start somewhere new. I am not sure how to begin. Can you give me some advice??? Hey, friend! I am doing well. Thank you for… Continue reading Response to a Friend on Teaching, Traveling, and Job Transitioning during the Covid-19 Pandemic