Category Archives: learning

A mighty tower walking through the Philippines

I am a giant! I am a hulking mass of muscle. I duck to get in through some doorways… and where I walk, I am the tallest of the tall. Some homes I am forced to watch my head so I do not cut it on the edge of the tin roof (honestly).

The truth is I am only 5-9. But I am in a country where the maximum height for things is 5-7 (I think). The chairs, the cars, the toilets, showers, tables… all have been made for someone smaller than I. The Jeepneys force me to bend over, and sometimes I crawl… because my legs are too long to comfortably move around inside one of the famous Philippine taxis. How did this happen? In America, I am barely above average for my height.

I can feel it in my knees when I sit at a chair made for someone slightly smaller. I feel it in my back when I walk in a door and duck to avoid the tin roof.

In the Philippines I am a mighty tower. This is all so very strange because in high school I was one of the shortest kids in my graduating class (boy or girl) at 5′-6″.

I do not feel taller or more powerful as I walk down the streets of the Philippines. But it is definitely different at 5-9 to be a giant.

Now I know how NBA basketball players feel in America… because nearly everything here feels made for someone smaller than I.

The Problem with America’s Failing Education System

I am on the way to becoming a college teacher so I don’t expect to encounter this very often. But I have many friends who teach elementary school. Their stories seem very much like this video created by Sleepyprincesszzz. If you are a teacher, I am sure you understand…

Obama (or Romney) … Will you Buy Me a Car?

2012 Election Issues

Dear President Obama (or Mitt Romney),

Please buy me a Ford Fusion Hybrid to help compensate for the outrageously high college tuition rates which have been sweeping the nation (and to offset the high gas prices too)! I can barely afford pizza and beer. If you are unwilling to buy me a car, then please do some SERIOUS work to get college tuition rates down. Also do some work to get the cost of college textbooks down!

Thanks for your time! Have a nice day.

How to be a Christian

Below are links to 3 videos from one of the most powerful sermons I have heard in a long time. It is from Glenn Packiam. This sermon is about how to live like a Christian. If you live like a Christian… then you are living in opposition to the world. You don’t need a sign to show people that you are different. If people know you, they should be able to tell by the words you speak and the things you do that you are different.

I really identified with the NFL metaphor he uses. There are times as a Christian, that I feel like a Bronco fan… sitting at an Oakland Raiders game… in Oakland. I feel like this because I am a graduate student, and if you are in academics then being a Christian means “I automatically lose 50 points off my IQ and that I hate everyone.”

But honestly, I don’t hate homosexuals (but I believe homosexuality is a sin). I don’t hate people who drink (because I also drink) but I believe alcohol in excess is a sin. People who know me know that I am a Christian… but it is not easy to live the life of a Christian because it immediately puts me in opposition to the “world.”

If you have time, I sincerely hope you will check out some of the videos below from Glenn Packiam’s sermon. To me it was one of the best messages I have heard in a few years. I saw it live when I when I was in Colorado.

If you enjoy the message below… share it with others!

Oregon College Education is Broken (and Broke)

Many students do not think about the loans they will be paying back, at least not until after they graduate. But tuition rates in Oregon are projected to go up again.

For Southern Oregon University the tuition increase is to offset a $2.5-million budget shortfall. For Portland State, the combination of tuition and fees is going down slightly… partly by allowing students who do not have health insurance to opt-out of health insurance if they do not want it. At the University of Oregon, the most expensive public university, tuition and fees are expected to exceed $9300.

According to the Gazette Times, “OSU’s anticipated tuition increase is still less than what it saw last year, when it rose 8.1 percent. The tuition increases are partially due to the decreasing share of state allocations. The Oregon University System received 16 percent less in state funds for the 2011-13 biennium compared to the last biennium, or $691 million compared to $824 million.”

How are professors supposed to assign a textbook to read for class when the student tuition and fees are already so high? Textbooks add to the problem because the cost of textbooks has risen at a pace of 4-times the rate of inflation.

When is enough ENOUGH? California has been devastated by the college tuition crisis, and it feels like Oregon is following the same model. People of Oregon… demand better from your state’s leaders. Demand better for your children.