Throughout my entire life, the answer to the question “What is your favorite animal?” has always been, without a doubt, “dogs.” Their loyalty is incomparable, their selflessness incomprehensible; they truly do earn their title as “man’s best friend.” I have grown up alongside three dogs; I’ve said goodbye to two of them; and now, for [...]


Un Año Después..

One year ago, I boarded a plane from Miami, Florida to Quito, Ecuador. I didn’t know when I would be returning to the United States, nor where I was going to be living within the country of Ecuador. And to be honest, I did not know what to expect at all. While I could have [...]

Countable & Uncountable

As a foreign language teacher, one of the common topics that I cover with my classes every year is countable and uncountable nouns. As native speakers of the English language, we can distinguish automatically between countable and uncountable without needing to consciously think about it. For example, we know to ask, "Could I have some [...]

How to Change the World

Our world needs us. Hurricanes are tearing apart entire cities and islands. Earthquakes are killing too many people. There are high rates of crime that only seem to continue to increase. We have leaders who don't respect the people who need our help the most. Threats of nuclear war continue to appear. Even vehicles, which [...]

Sweet Summertime

Although I still have to wear my winter coat at least once a week and keep a minimum of two comforters on my bed, summertime is finally here in Latacunga, Ecuador! Unfortunately, our little town is situated between some huge snow-covered volcanoes, including Cotopaxi (one of the biggest active volcanoes in the world). Therefore, it [...]