In the early 1970s, Paul was finishing a Taiwan tour in the Navy and returning to that island as a civilian. This article reflects on the Taipei Songshan International Airport and the U.S. military presence in Taipei. It also remembers trips to eastern Taiwan, cross-island, and down to the south.
In 2007, I taught English at a government high school in Samut Prakarn. This article explains why I taught English and how I got a teaching job in Thailand. It also recalls my school, classes, teaching colleagues, and students.
Any trip to Udon Thani is incomplete without seeing the Thai-Chinese Cultural Center. Located near the center of Udon City's nightlife, the Cultural Center has displays about the history of the Thai-Chinese community in Udon. It also has a small Chinese-style garden with a pond of colorful fish.
Although having many cousins, I have only known a few throughout my life. In this article, I reflect on cousins with whom I played as a child. I also note a few whom I still have a relationship with today.
Located on the banks of the Mekhong River in upper northeastern Thailand, Nong Khai is the gateway to Laos. This article introduces five Nong Khai tourist attractions, including temples, an Indo-China market, a river cruise, a crocodile farm, and a scenic view of the Mekhong from a skywalk.
Based on strategies used in learning foreign languages, this article proposes seven ways to become a much better listener. They include being familiar with the speaker and topics of discussion as well as taking notes and paying strict attention to the speaker.
The purpose and benefits of having a Thailand house registration book for foreigners, also referred to as Yellow Tabien Baan. Where and how to apply for this useful document.
In this article, I examine the advantages and disadvantages of renting versus owning real estate. Factors such as taxes, insurance, building equity, investment strategies, and personal freedom are discussed.
This is a travelogue of our one-day trip to Phu Thap Boek Mountain in Phetchabun Province, Thailand. It describes my family's journey from Udonthani, a one-night stay, and a tour of the mountain top.
This is a mini autobiography in seven-year segments. Since 1958, I have experienced a seven-year itch not only in my marriages but also in working jobs. In this article, a decrease in happiness and satisfaction is reflected in seven-year periods.
Pop music has been a big part of my life. In this article, I reflect on seven songs that bring back vivid memories associated with different times.
Living in Toledo, Ohio, 1979-1980 was a transition period in my life. Having just returned from Taiwan, I worked as an ESL tutor and studied at the University of Toledo before getting a federal government job in Maryland.
I attended the University of Michigan graduate school in Ann Arbor 1966-1967. In this article, I recall my classes as a chemistry graduate school student. I also remember living in a professional chemistry fraternity and making friendships there.
When younger, I traveled a lot on interstate highways between Maryland and Wisconsin. Experiences on the Pennsylvania and Ohio Turnpikes are still vivid interstate travel memories of the 1980s.
As a septuagenarian, I have been living retired in Thailand since 2007. Previously enthusiastic about living overseas, I now argue in this article why you shouldn't retire abroad.
When younger, most people think that they are immortal. Bad habits picked up in youth can lead to serious health issues when older. Starting at an early age, this article suggests ways to improve physical and mental health to live a longer life.
In this article, I recall my experiences going to all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffets in the United States, Taiwan, and Thailand. Besides describing a typical U.S. dinner buffet, I describe Mongolian barbecue buffets in Taiwan, Japanese hot pot buffets in Thailand, and more.
I have had a series of long distance relationships in my life. Starting in high school, I established a penpal relationship that lasted 10 years. Relationships over distance with my two ex-wives are also noted in this article.
On February 24, 2020, I attended a Buddhist funeral and cremation ceremony near a village in Thailand. In this article, I recall where the deceased was kept after death, the funeral procession, and ceremony at the crematorium before cremation.
The Old Testament of the Bible is filled with many interesting and awesome stories. In their quest to take over and settle in God's promised land of Canaan, the Israelites had many battles. The Battle of Jericho, Samson and Delilah, and David and Goliath are described in this article.
I was diagnosed having an inguinal hernia at the age of 75. In this article, I describe the hernia and how it was found and diagnosed. My laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery experience and recovery are also detailed.
In 1957, Charles and Dorothy Kuehn purchased a 117-acre farm just north of Honey Creek, Wisconsin. Dad and mom realized the American dream by first being able to own their own farm and then ultimately by being able to ship Grade A milk in the late 1970s. This is a modern history of our farm.
This is an account of our Wisconsin family farm history that dates back to 1839. It was originally settled with a land grant and then became known as the Blackburn farm in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1957, my parents bought the farm and it still belongs to the Kuehns.
This is a history of Honey Creek since its founding in 1837. From the 1840s until the 1930s, Honey Creek grew and developed into a vibrant village having stores, a bank, railroad depot, hotel, lumber mill, stockyards, school, and church. This story is relived here.
I have known my mother's younger sister Anna or Sissy all of my life. In this article, I recall Aunt Sissy as a very young boy, young man, in my middle-age, and in 2019. She has always been a kind, thoughtful, and very pleasant person.
After a divorce in July 1992, I became a single man again. I traveled, rebuilt my burnt out house, and dated again. Then, in February 1993, I gave up my freedom after falling in love again.
In March 1984, life was good. We had recently moved into our purchased home and my wife had just become an American citizen. Furthermore, the government was sending us in the summer to Taiwan for one year. A month later, events started to occur which led to my unfortunate divorce in 1992.
When I got married in 1973, a future divorce in 1992 was inconceivable. This article first recalls a happy marriage in Taiwan in the 1970s. It then remembers challenges, frustrations, and success after moving to the United States and living in Toledo and Maryland during the period 1979-1983.
The Book of Genesis of the Bible details the creation of man and the world. It also gives a historical account of Adam and Eve's descendants from Cain and Able through Joseph the son of Jacob. In this article, I share six interesting things found in the Book of Genesis.
Knowing that everyone must die and everything is temporary, the real purpose of our lives should not be achieving success or getting rich. It also is not eating, drinking, and being merry. In preparing for life after death, our purpose of life should be to love and worship God and love one another
High school teachers inspired me to develop a love for foreign languages, mathematics, and science. They also taught me lessons useful for life. In this article, I recall six of my favorite teachers.
This article explains the nuts and bolts of renewing a Thai driver's license. Foreign residents will learn when, where, what, and how to renew their Thai license to drive in Thailand.
During the years 1958-1961, I played football on the Burlington Demons junior varsity and varsity teams. After learning the basics of blocking and tackling on the junior varsity, I started as left tackle on the varsity when I was a junior and senior.
Algebra is one of the most important subjects you will learn in school. Its applications will not only help you solve equations and word problems in class but also be of great use in daily life.
In my lifetime, I have visited countries in North America, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. Now retired, I still have states and countries on my bucket list to see.
Significant career changes in life caused me to drop out of school. In this article, I recall how the military draft during the Vietnam War, traveling to Taiwan, and accepting a job with the federal government were all catalysts in making me a three-time college dropout.
In this article, I reflect on meaningful memories of past Christmas. Relive my memories of Christmas as a boy, young man, father, and an older man. Read how I have played Santa Claus three times in my life.
My first semester away to college was an adjustment from home life to living on my own for the first time. It was also a big challenge attending a much bigger school and competing against kids smarter than me. In this article, I recall interesting things that happened in the fall of 1962.
It is very important to know how to use polite expressions in the native languages of the countries you visit. This article examines how to say "excuse me" and "I'm sorry" for travelers visiting East and Southeast Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Since the age of 55, I have had increasingly more blood tests. These tests have occurred in conjunction with hypertension, my prostate gland condition, and recent kidney operation. In this article, I explain what to expect from blood test results and how this will help you to live longer.
My father's older brother, Uncle Augie, was always my favorite uncle. In addition to sharing a passion for baseball, my uncle tried to teach me golf and enjoyed talking about the Milwaukee Braves. While living on the farm, I always looked forward to Uncle Augie's visits.
An abdominal ultrasound scan suggested by a doctor probably saved my life. In this article, after defining the meaning of ultrasound scan, I explain its purpose in medical diagnostics and some of the results the scan images can indicate.
During the 1950s, I never paid much attention to the news on television or in the paper. In 1957, there were, however, exciting and interesting things happening all around this 13-year-old. This article fondly recalls special events that occurred to my family and me.
Nostalgia is very prevalent among older people today. Nevertheless, any attempt to relive memories of our youth are doomed to failure. This article presents four reasons why you can't go home again as much as you sometimes desire.
This article attempts to understand the background of my paternal grandfather, Charles August Kuehn. From the beginning as a twin brother in a big German immigrant family in Milwaukee in 1885, I trace my grandfather's life as a boy and man in both Door County and the Greenfield area of Milwaukee.
Since August 2016, I have been building a family tree and trying to identify my ancestors who originated in Europe. Based on successes and failures, I suggest a number of tips for doing genealogy research.
My parents were two of the most generous people you could ever hope to meet. During their lives, mom and dad sacrificed so much for the well-being of me and four other siblings. This article recalls how generous my parents really were.
In June 2018, my Thai family and I had an enjoyable outing at a mountain reservoir lake in the Loei area of Thailand. For two or three fun-packed hours, we rented a bamboo raft that was towed to the middle of the lake. Then the real enjoyment began.
One day after my wife and I purchased a new SUV in Thailand, we decided to get it blessed by a Buddhist monk. In this article, I explain why the vehicle was blessed and then describe the interesting ritual involved.
My great-grandma had a fascinating life which brought her from Austria to central Wisconsin. In this article, I first recall my little grandma's challenges before marriage and then examine her life as a mother and early widow.
Within a seven-month period, I had cataract surgery in both my right and left eyes. In this article, learn what a cataract is, how it is removed in surgery, and post-op care needed for your eyes.
In August 2014, our home in Thailand was blessed by nine Buddhist monks. After examining why homes are blessed, this article describes the ceremony conducted in the presence of family and friends.
In March 2018, I underwent a PET/CT whole body scan. In this article, learn what a PET/CT scan is, why it is used, how it is given, and what information its results can give doctors and patients.
My four uncles are remembered in this article. From my favorite Uncle Augie to mentally-challenged Uncle Leo, each has a special place in my heart as I share stories about them.
In 2018 and 2019, I made trips back to my home state of Wisconsin. This article suggests where you should go and what you would enjoy doing in America's Dairyland.
In February 2018, I traveled from Udon Thani City to the peak of Phu Bo Bit Mountain in Loei Province. Relive the experience of a senior citizen scaling a mountain peak 647 meters above sea level.
Udon Thani has many scenic and cultural tourist attractions. Here are two lesser-known sites in this Province near Udon City—the Sea of Red Lotuses and the Ho Chi Minh historical sites and museum.
To lead a happy, healthy, and successful life, it is necessary to be an optimist. In this article, I suggest six ways to be optimistic and think positively throughout your life.
1950s communication devices were simple, inconvenient, and quite different from those we use today. What was communication like before the internet existed? I remember people relying mainly on newspapers, mail, radio, television, and movies to get information.
From October 2010 until March 2014, it was a struggle for me to keep an English teaching position at a private school in Bangkok. In this article, I relate the school's effort to terminate me.
This is my story of teaching English from 2007 until 2010 in Thailand. I relive my experiences of teaching in government and private schools in the Bangkok area.
In this article, I recall special times with mom and dad. My memories include family activities, summer visits back home to Wisconsin, and traveling together over the years.
Since 1999, I have had prostate problems leading to biopsies in 2000 and 2003. Based on personal experiences, this article details what to expect after having undergone a prostate biopsy.
During the 1957-58 school year, I was an eighth grader at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Waterford, Wisconsin. This article recalls my classes, classmates, and activities during the year.
In this hub, I reflect on Navy boot camp training at Great Lakes, Illinois, in 1967. Besides acquiring basic navy knowledge, I learned survival swimming, how to shoot a rifle, and how to fight fires.
In this article, I reflect on my Navy boot camp training at Great Lakes, Illinois, from June 15 through June 17 of 1967. It was a time of transitioning from civilian life to military navy life.
I attended a small village Catholic school in Wisconsin from 1954 until 1957. In this article, I recall memories of school, seventh-grade classmates and what some of them did after leaving school.
At the age of 65, I had internal and external hemorrhoids removed by surgery. This article first examines the nature of hemorrhoids and then details what to expect after hemorrhoid removal surgery.
At the beginning of the 2015 MLB season, the Milwaukee Brewers realized they had to rebuild to be competitive in the future. I reflect on the rebuild and Milwaukee's future in 2017 and years beyond.
I wasn't interested in reading books for pleasure until retirement in 2007. Based on my experiences, this article explains how to stimulate a greater interest in reading books for enjoyment.
I have been enjoying retirement since April of 2014. In this article, you will learn about my new freedoms and what I like about retirement. This includes being my own boss.
The 2016-2017 NBA season revealed both the strengths and weaknesses of the Milwaukee Bucks. This article suggests the personnel moves the Bucks should make for the 2017-2018 season and beyond.
Historical newspapers have been a great aid in my genealogy research. I have identified many cousins, great-uncles, great-aunts, and also discovered some very surprising news about my great-grandpa.
In this article, I share my experiences of learning spoken and written German first as a college undergraduate and lately by taking online courses.
My great-grandma Bertha Kuehn immigrated to the U.S. with five kids in 1882. Until her death in 1923, great-grandma lived a challenging and colorful life on the Door County Peninsula of Wisconsin.
Henry W Schmidt and Anna Waldvogel were 19th century immigrants who married in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and then settled in central Wisconsin. This is their story before and after marriage.
It is convenient and fun to learn languages online. In this article, I describe my experiences of learning and reviewing languages like Chinese Mandarin, Thai, and German on different sites.
No matter where you live today, most people will be able to find you using people search sites on the Web. In this hub, I list the popular people searching websites on line and what they provide.
I have always had a love for baseball. In this article, I relate how I started to play ball as a young boy, and how eventually I helped organize and play on a small village little league like team.
Doctor Pat or Patty has been one of my closest siblings. In this article, I follow my sister's life and highlight the best qualities of mom and dad which Pat has shown in her life.
During my years of flying since 1967, I have experienced occasional annoyance which has really tested my patience. This article relates my top pet peeves ranging from cancelled flights to turbulence.
My maternal grandma was one of the most caring persons you would want to meet. In this article, I remember her life, challenges, and the great joy that grandma gave to me as a young boy.
Any person with average intelligence can get straight A's in high school. In this article, I share my tips for doing so and becoming valedictorian of your graduating class.
In this article, I attempt to discover my paternal grandmother's past. Her life story begins in Austria and leads to a life in Pennsylvania coal country and Door County, Wisconsin, before marriage.
In 1958 my eight grade class made a weekend trip from Wisconsin to Washington DC. We toured the U.S. Capitol, White House, Mount Vernon and learned very much about United States history.
There are a number of good reasons for studying and learning a foreign language. Better communication with and knowledge of different cultures are important reasons for becoming multilingual.
With the aid of shared research from my first and second cousins and Ancestry.com records, I set off in search of my great-grandpa Kuehn. This hub details the findings for a German immigrant in 1881.
America won't be great again until it gets back to practicing things I learned when growing up in the 50s and early 60s. These include pride in being an American and a renewal of moral values.
A family budget can be balanced if you pay attention to cutting household expenses. This article suggests nine ways, such as do-it-yourself and shopping in thrift stores.
In this article, I recall my participation in United States Presidential elections during the period 1956-2016. Although a liberal Democrat in the early 60s, by 1980 I was a conservative Republican.
In this article, I reminisce about all of the part-time jobs I have had in my life. Many of my memories are about janitorial positions which I held for many years in the 1980s.
Based on more than 20 years of life overseas on Taiwan and in Thailand, I list in this article the main advantages and disadvantages of living outside the United States, especially when on your own.
Regular computer maintenance is a must for anyone spending time on a computer and the Internet. This articles presents tips on what you should be scanning for and resolving on a daily basis.
This article describes my experience of searching for ancestors in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. It also lists some of my joys and sorrows in using online genealogy services.
After starting my ancestry research, I knew that I would find skeletons in the closet. Read about some of the interesting and perhaps unflattering things about my grandparents and great-grandparents.
Even though I wasn't that close to grandparents, I still have memories which I share in this hub. I also detail my plans to research my great grand-parents and roots in Germany and Austria.
After analyzing the Packers moves in the offseason, this hub evaluates Green Bay's offense, defense, and special teams for 2016, and speculates on whether the Packers can win their division.
There are many Buddhist and government public holidays in Thailand. Read about some of the long five-day weekend holidays that I have experienced while living in different parts of Thailand.
Proficiency in a foreign language is quickly lost if the language is not often used. Drawing on my experiences of learning Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Thai, I suggest ways to maintain language skills.
The future of our society rests upon conduct of youth. This hub suggests seven ways to impart moral values to children. Good role models in the home and society are emphasized throughout this hub.
In the late spring of 2016, I worked on my sister's dairy farm in Wisconsin. Read about my daily life of feeding, milking, cleaning up after, and caring for a herd of 70 cattle with my sister.
Have you ever wondered how to say thank you in more than your native language? This hub examines how to say thank you in 36 different languages which might be used in travel around the world.
This article focuses on my life in Maryland during the 1980s. I recall my residences, work, family life and travel throughout Maryland and the bordering states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Jersey.
In the wake of increasing political correctness and affirmative action, the lives of most older white heterosexual males are not very pleasant. Read about a white heterosexual male's pet peeves .
The Milwaukee Bucks have been a major disappointment to fans and critics in the 2015-2016 season. This hub analyzes what has gone wrong with the Bucks and how Milwaukee can do better in the future.
David Copperfield is one of the most enjoyable novels I have ever read. Unusual characters and an interesting plot set in England at the beginning of the 19th century will captivate all readers.
This hub examines the six facets of understanding: being able to explain; being able to interpret; being able to apply; having a perspective; being able to empathize; and having self-knowledge.
The 1950s was a great time for a kid to be a Milwaukee Braves fan. How could you not delight watching all-stars like Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews, and Hank Aaron at Milwaukee County Stadium or on TV!
The Taipei Metro or MRT is one of the better mass rapid transit systems in East Asia. This hub describes the MRT and then points out tourist sites near the subway stations on the five major lines.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens traces the psychological and moral development of orphan Pip to maturity from the marshes of Kent to London during early 19th century Victorian England.
During most of the 1970s, I ran my own English teaching business in Taiwan. In this hub, I recall why and how I operated a very successful teaching service for primarily adults in Kaohsiung city.
The Milwaukee Bucks surprised many people by finishing the 2014-2015 season with a 41-41 record and trip to the playoffs. With the addition of Greg Monroe and Jabari Parker, the Bucks will be better.
I have held a number of jobs in my life from the lowest blue collar to white collar work. How I became a security guard and doing this work in Toledo, Ohio, in 1979 are highlighted in this hub.
I spent almost the first ten years of my life living in the city. In this article I recall my life in West Allis, Wisconsin, during the early 50s. I remember my apartment, school, and experiences.
I hope that my descendants and people in future generations will remember my legacy. This historical legacy will include my character, teaching and learning, federal government service, and writing.
I have attended Catholic Church services for many years. Although this has been a mostly enjoyable experience, I still have some pet peeves which I feel compelled to relate in this hub.
One of my passions in life has been learning foreign languages. Starting with Latin in high school, I have learned eight languages. Read about the languages I have learned and benefitted from.
Most of my hotels have provided great accommodations. However, there have been lemons. Based on hotel experiences of almost fifty years, I share with readers my top eleven hotel pet peeves.
Are you like me and arrive early to catch your departing flight? Based on personal experiences, read about my seven tips to enjoy yourself and kill time at airports before scheduled flights.
The Hong Kong MTR is one of the most profitable and efficient transportation systems in the world. This article is intended to help the new tourist to Hong Kong understand and better use the MTR.
Visiting Lantau Island near Hong Kong by sky, land, and sea was an unforgettable adventure. We took a cable ride up into the mountains, visited a fishing village, and hiked to a big Buddhist statue.
It is only natural to have a fear of major surgery. Based on my recent kidney operation, I suggest five ways of overcoming fear of operations. They include knowledge, trust, laughter, and optimism.
On March 25, 2015, doctors in Thailand found a large cancerous tumor on my left kidney. In this article, read about my kidney removal operation in 2005 and hospital recovery during following days.
Most people don't want or enjoy getting old. It's a fact though that your body shows wear just like a machine over years of use. Read on for ten signs you are getting old which I have observed.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. In this American classic set during the 19th century, girls and women are made to think higher of themselves.
The foreign English language teachers in Thailand are a blend of young and old male and female mostly from western countries. This hub examines the foreign English language teachers in Thailand.
English teaching in Thailand is much different from that of western countries. Based on my seven years of teaching in Bangkok, learn how to survive as a new foreign English teacher in Thailand.
This hub describes my good luck and fate in finding satisfying and meaningful jobs during my lifetime. Being in the right place at the right time has certainly worked to my advantage.
In part three of a series about my U.S. Navy memories, I recall my temporary additional duty to Kyushu, Japan, in 1969. Read and find out how I liked my job, living conditions, and off-duty liberty.
My Taiwan duty assignment during the period November 1968 until August 1969 was an exciting time in my life. It gave me an opportunity to visit an exotic land and meet a lot of interesting people.
I was in the U.S. Navy for almost four years during the late 60s. In this hub, I recall my basic training at Great Lakes and then specialized training at Monterey, California and San Angelo, Texas.
Interactions with aunts, uncles, and cousins are treasured when young. In this hub, I recall significant memories of seven aunts on both my father's and mother's side of the family.
I have learned a lot in life through trial and error outside of the classroom. In this hub, I share fifteen truisms learned in life which many people can readily relate to almost every day.
Retirement can be a time of bliss. For me, it has been a trying and disappointing time. Read what I don't like about retired life and why I dislike it.
The experiences of my wife and me in getting a driver's license in Thailand are detailed in this article. In getting a license, all that is needed is a lot of practice, perseverance, desire, and patience.
Have you ever wondered what the most popular Chinese surnames are? This hub lists the ten most common Chinese family names and cites examples of well-known Chinese having these surnames.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an American classic. It is a masterful social commentary about a boy and his adventures along the Mississippi River in the early nineteenth century.
NBA teams and fans will take notice of the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2014-2015 season. Under coach Jason Kidd, the Bucks will be much more competitive and win at least 30 games.
This article details my experiences of writing on Bubblews.com, one of the newer increasingly popular social media blogging platforms. There were advantages and disadvantages which I relate.
I learned that it wasn't easy getting into medical school in the 1960s. A person has to have the smarts, aptitude, and persevering desire which everyone does not have to become a doctor.
Evaluating ESL speaking proficiency must be done more objectively than subjectively. After defining speaking proficiency, this hub introduces a rubric for effectively evaluating speaking proficiency.
Based on experiences studying Thai and living in Thailand, this hub suggests answers to the question of why I can't improve my Thai language proficiency and stagnate at the intermediate level.
The 2013-2014 season will be exciting for the Milwaukee Bucks because much isn't expected from the team. With a new roster and head coach, the Bucks can be competitive with good team chemistry.
Making sure that tests accurately reflect what students have studied and mastered is one answer to the question of why students aren't passing tests. Eight other reasons are given in this hub.
The Green Bay Packers can't completely ride the arm of Aaron Rodgers to a successful 2013 season. The key to getting to another Super Bowl will be the play of both the offensive line and the defense.
Successful teaching and learning strategies are necessary for training students who will be our future leaders. This hub suggests six ways achieving successful teaching and learning in today's world.
The wise ESL and EFL teacher should spend extra time making sure that his or her students understand common words used as homonyms, homophones, and homographs. This can only be done through practice.
Team sports play a significant role in developing the character and work habits of youth. This hub examines eleven benefits of playing team sports which are needed at home and in the workplace.
Agnes Grey is a novel which all people will enjoy reading. After finishing this classic, you will empathize with the maltreatment of governesses and of women in the Victorian period of England.
The differences between British and American English are reflected primarily in the use of vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. This hub relates experience with Brits and British English.
Phonological, orthographic, semantic, and contextual levels of lingusitic awareness are necessary for measuring reading fluency. Take a short simple test to see if you demonstrate reading fluency.
A code of teaching ethics is more important today than ever before. This hub proposes a code of teaching ethics with commitments to students, the education profession, parents, and the community.
Other than Majkowski, Dickey, Rodgers, Favre, and Starr, the Packers have not had any quarterbacks of note in the past 60 years. This hub argues who is the greatest Green Bay Packers quarterback.
It should be the goal of all language learners to improve their vocabulary. This can only be done by learning how to actively produce more literary and specialized words in speaking and writing.
If we want our EFL and ESL students to be enthusiastic about writing, it must be made interesting and appealing. One way to do this to identify student interests and channel them into fun activities.
Teaching and learning in Catholic schools in Thailand is different from the West. Let's examine my school's guiding principles for students and the important abilities students must acquire.
The Badger Tavern was a big part of many students' University of Wisconsin college life in the 60s. Read about the top ten things we used to do at the BT.
A trip to Thailand can be much more rewarding by being able to recognize the abbreviations for Thai days and months. This hub teaches you how to read abbreviations for days and dates in written Thai.
Improved conversation skills for the adult EFL and ESL learner are extremely important for travel, overseas study, and interacting with foreigners. Learn teaching English conversation to adults.
Upon starting teaching in Thailand, I never realized that I would become more of a policeman than a teacher in the classroom. This hub examines discipline problems in classrooms from a foreign view.
Writing your congressman or senator for assistance can be very beneficial when the bureaucracy is slow or negligent in its duties. In this hub, I recall my experiences writing to Senator Proxmire.
Age discrimination and forced retirement can be very stressful experiences for an older person who is still a good worker and isn't ready to retire. This article examines the arguments for and against age discrimination and forced retirement.
All in all, playing high school football in the 60s was a success. Although BHS didn't win the conference, I fondly recall the '61 football season and how the referee never beats you in life.
The Milwaukee Brewers can be a playoff team in 2013 if the team has very good starting and relief pitching. This hub analyzes the Brewers for 2013 and suggests five keys for making the playoffs.
The WWF had many exciting and colorful performers in the late 80s. I would have to rank Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan as the top two WWF icons of this era. This hub highlights "Macho Man" and "Hulk."
Joining the U.S. Navy was the wisest decision I made in my life, because it gave me training for a job and eventual career. This hub introduces jobs for navy veterans in the civilian world.
With the explosion of a global economy today and the expansion of wars on terror, drugs, and crime, there are a lot of foreign language career opportunities for college graduates with language skills.
There are many factors to consider when you choose the best college major. Based on my experiences, there should be a connection between your interest and aptitude in a subject for successful study.
School morale includes both student and teacher morale. This hub suggests ways of improving teacher morale by tackling problems with school facilities and management practices.
Political correctness and affirmative action have been a big part of our lives since the early 1980s. This hub discusses whether our society is better off today with political correctness.
Being conscious of the differences in Thai and Western culture will go a long way in improving working with the Thai. This hub presents 11 tips toward a better working relationship with the Thai.
Team competition review games go a long way in helping students enthusiastically get ready for the big test. In this hub, I illustrate the use of team competition review games in preparing for tests.
Producing a drama skit by EFL students is an enjoyable way for kids to practice and apply their English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Read how my students produced a TVXQ drama.
School extracurricular activities are an excellent vehicle for teaching moral values to our youth. Love and compassion, cooperation and teamwork, justice and honesty, and respect are taught.
The Milwaukee Bucks are 3-1 after almost two weeks of the 2012-2013 NBA season. This hub analyzes why the Bucks are better this year, and it speculates what Milwaukee must do to reach the playoffs.
Dairy farming is rapidly changing. From my personal experiences of growing up on a dairy farm and recent visit to my sister's farm, I reflect on the problems faced by the small dairy farmer today.
From personal experience on my sister's farm, I examine the feed needed for dairy cattle and describe how it is fed every day. The small farmer's life is very hard due to the high cost of feed.
Traveling many hours on long distance or overseas flights can be tiring and boring. This hub suggests nine ways to make your overseas flights more entertaining and less boring.
Reverse culture shock in some situations can be more painful than culture shock. This hub examines how and why reverse culture shock happens. It also lists ten manifestations of culture shock.
Watching baseball at the ballpark is better than watching on TV. Based on experiences watching games, TV can not make up for the exciting pre-game and game activities awaiting you at the ballpark.
School adminstrations use classroom observations as a means of evaluating teacher performance. This hub suggests twelve tips on how to pass classroom teacher evaluations by classroom observations.
Students and schools expect and even demand entertainment in the classroom. This hub suggests ways of increasing student participation in the classroom with educational and enjoyable activities.
Teaching EFL in Thailand is a lot different from my previous experiences of teaching EFL and ESL in Taiwan and the United States. Read about the good, the bad, and the ugly of teaching in Thailand.
Changes in math and science education have been awesome in the past 60 years. Students today are learning topics in math and science in the eight grade which I didn't learn until the 12th grade.
Teaching public speaking can be very challenging. It can also be very interesting and worthwhile. This hub suggests teaching public speaking by letting EFL students give their own speeches.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is a classical work of fiction which everyone should read. If you enjoy a conflict between conscience and passion, you will certainly enjoy my Jane Eyre book review.
The effective use of dialogues in ESL classes has aided my students in developing listening and speaking skills. This article presents five reasons why dialogues have a place in listening and speaking.
In September of 2013, 35 acres of farm land from my parents' estate was sold. This hub recalls my memories of dad as a kid and as an older adult all in relation to the land across the road.
Prior to 1995, I thought I would be hooked on cigarettes until the end of my life. This article is the story of how I miraculously quit smoking.
In an age where parents are increasingly shirking their responsibilities in bringing up children, it is the teacher's responsibility to assist in developing the moral values of students.
With self-confidence, motivation to communicate, and constant practice, people can become successful in learning a second language. This hub suggests ten characteristics of the good language learner.
This article examines Catholic schools and the role of a Catholic school teacher in imparting moral values. Our children, as agents of change, can improve society with an outpouring of moral virtues.
Working in an office can be interesting and rewarding. It can also be very disappointing and treacherous. In this hub I present my pet peeves at work in an office for over thirty years.
The 50s were an interesting time in my life. There were new fads on television, in music, dances, and at school. Pop culture was changing. In this hub I recall popular fads of the mid and late-50s.
Experiencing the early 50s as a young boy did a lot in defining my life. The Lone Ranger and Milwaukee Braves ballplayers became my heroes and role models. In this hub I recall the early 50s culture.
The Packers addressed their defensive deficiences early in 2012 by drafting a number of defensive players. This hub analyzes the Packers draft and how the rookies performed in the 2012 season.
The early and mid-1960s were a special time in my life. In reflecting on those glory years, there were 17 fads of the 60s which I recall vividly and share with my readers in this article.
During the summers of 1963 and 1964, I held summer jobs with the Racine County Highway Department in Wisconsin. The lessons which I learned on these jobs helped prepare me for life after college.
Learning Taiwanese was a fantastic experience for me. It made me more aware of the varieties of spoken Chinese, and, most importantly, gave me an insight into thoughts and lives of native Taiwanese.
As long as the Thai-Chinese family remains strong, Thai-Chinese will continue to play a significant role in shaping Thailand and Thai society. This hub discusses the contributions of the Thai-Chinese.