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Happy New Year and Merry Christmas

Dec 26, 2015

Hello to everyone! Happy new year and merry Christmas to you all!

I am doing fine. I started a new student a couple days ago. If I counted my students correctly I have nine adults (two married couples) and 6 children. That will change in January as a couple students I didn't count have taken December off for a vacation month, and one took the last two months because she got married today.

Giving from the heart? or...

Dec 15, 2015

Why do people give to charities?

Social Psychology - Helping Behavior SparkNotes Psychology Guide Series" there are two theories about why people give to charities - "public benefit" and "private benefit". In the "public benefit" theory people give out of altruistic reasons - to help others and not expect anything in return. In the "private benefit" theory people give in order to receive some benefit back to themselves. Such benefits could be tax benefits, awards, public acclamation, etc.

New web site design, Malecon, Spectre

Nov 16, 2015

Hi! and welcome to the new look of my web site, I hope you like it.

I have changed the site to a style that I think looks better, and is much easier for me to maintain. I have simplified the .php and .html code used to build the site. The site blog pages are stored in a database. The old website design was such that each blog page had it's own separate .php file that was loaded, and while loading that page grabbed the text from the database.

Dia del la Raza/Columbus Day in Colombia

Oct 12, 2015

Hi, I hope everyone is doing well. I am.

Today is Dia de la Raza (known as Columbus Day in the USA). Dia de la Raza is literally translated as 'day of the races'; that doesn't mean auto-racing or anything like that, it means people, ethnicities. It is a day to celebrate the heritage, colonization and cultural diversity of Latin America. But to the indigenous people of Colombia it is much different. They see it as a day to remember the painful and brutal conquest of their land by the Spaniards in the 15th and 16th centuries. So, now for a little history lesson:

Valentines Day in Colombia

Sept 19, 2014

Hello all, I hope everyone is doing well. I am doing well. I have 3 more new students starting on Monday the 22nd. All three will be in one class together, which is great because I have virtually no time available for new students. My days now look like this: Monday - Friday 7am until 9pm I am with students; Saturday 8am until 8pm I'm with students. Sunday I usually have no students. I was told of an opportunity, a possibility, of teaching in a private bi-lingual school.

September, 2015 I'm in a new apartment, and more students

Sept 4, 2015

I'm in a new apartment, yay! I was living in an old 1-bedroom apartment for the last 2 years, and it wasn't bad, just old. It was in a decent middle-class neighborhood. But now I am in a new apartment, just build 2 years ago, in a northern neighborhood I suppose would be considered upper middle-class or upper-class. It's a large studio apartment with very nice tiled floor, built-in closet and bookshelfs, the counter around the sink and 2-burner gas stove burners is coriander.

Google data, new students, learning spanish

July 23, 2015

Do you have a Google account? Most likely. Are you logged into right now? Most likely, again. Even if you are not using google, even if you are not using your computer and browsing the web, are you still logged into that account? Google tracks everything you do that is internet related - from your computer, your phone, your tablet, whatever device you are using.