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You can poop in my hat: Adventures in kayak-camping

You can poop in my hat: Adventures in kayak-camping

“You can poop in my hat,” he said.We were camped at the deserted Highland Beach, 100 miles into a 150-mile kayaking trip in the Gulf of Mexico, paddling from Florida’s Everglade City to the Flamingo Visitor’s Center and back.I had a suspicion then, which has since been confirmed, that this was my relationship test.

Grad student memoirs: Analyzing ESL grammar

Grad student memoirs: Analyzing ESL grammar

So I get the assignment: In order to receive my Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, I have to analyze an ESL student’s grammar from a writing sample they provide.No big deal, right? I’m a writer. I use conventional grammar all the time. I’m an editor. I know how to make bad writing sound better.

Bare-knuckled fishing in Washington County

Bare-knuckled fishing in Washington County

I was dreaming about cornbread when Jay woke me up. It was 15 minutes shy of 10pm in Harrington, Maine. The back-to-back double shifts of Memorial Day weekend had wound to an end. I’d passed out face down on our mattress after one glass of fourth-day vinegar wine.“They’re runnin’. I just walked down,” he said.

4 easy foreign languages you never thought of learning (and why you should)

4 easy foreign languages you never thought of learning (and why you should)

I challenge you to think of a language learner in more need of a win than a native English speaker. Half the planet seems hell-bent on practicing and perfecting our language, but when it’s our turn, a few grammatical or lexical stumbles later and we’re suddenly back babbling in our familiar Anglo-Saxon tongue.

Sometimes rejection saves us: Interview with 2012 National Outdoor Book Award Winner Suzanne Roberts

Sometimes rejection saves us: Interview with 2012 National Outdoor Book Award Winner Suzanne Roberts

David Miller recently interviewed poet and author Suzanne Roberts, whose memoir of hiking the John Muir Trail, Almost Somewhere, was awarded a 2012 National Outdoor Book Award.DM: Congrats on winning the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Almost Somewhere. I remember your working on this book when we first spoke in 2010.

The expat art of giving up

The expat art of giving up

Eventually, if you live in Japan long enough, you learn not to ask “why.” But until you learn, you keep asking, and every time you ask, you regret it that little bit more.I was in the municipal swimming pool in Nishi-Omiya, over on the far side of town from my neighbourhood of Owada, in the Tokyo suburb of Omiya.