Thoughts & Updates

Wow.  This has been much longer in coming than I would have ever anticipated.

Several months ago I got very very sick with food-poisoning and ended up being sick for almost four weeks.  To say that it threw me off blogging would be an understatement.  It threw me off work, family, travel – everything.  And then I had to play catch-up.

Then I got stupid (more stupid?).  I decided that I didn’t want to be the kind of blog that updated people on things like my health, or other issues in our lives beyond those related to education.  That decision left me feeling kind of stuck and in the end frozen when it came to writing anything else.  I didn’t feel like I could just start writing again without an explanation, but didn’t want to bore people with an explanation.

Such a silly decision that left me not writing for the last few months, despite still reading prolifically on education, co-founding a highly successful new foundation teaching entrepreneurship to high school students and emailing myself dozens of articles on educational subjects that I wanted to write about.

There is so much that I should have written about, particularly as homeschooling got harder and the novelty wore off.

So…this is a very simple post, almost just as a way of giving myself permission and incentive to start writing again.  Jumping back on that horse (not that it ever threw me in the first place!).

I am very much looking forward to beginning to think about, write about and engage in discussion with you on education, homeschooling and unschooling again through this medium.

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10 thoughts on “Thoughts & Updates

  1. David, you poor thing, sounds as though you have really been through it. Glad you are feeling better. Don’t give yourself a hard time. You owe nobody any explanations or reasons. Your decisions not to write for a while were not “silly”, as you described them. They were valid, just and personal decisions and they were right for you at that point in your life. It is fine to take a break from blogging at any stage, without having to justify yourself to anybody. You needed this time to yourself, to heal and think. Good for you for taking this much needed time. You have been missed, though. Welcome back!

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  2. Glad you’re feeling better and look forward to reading your thoughts again. But you really raised my curiosity, what kind of food poisoning took weeks to overcome?

    Did you recently acquire a rare animal, swim in the Ganges or try a disgusting foreign food “delicacy”?

    Is that too personal? I can’t help it, modern day food borne illnesses actually interest me.

    Glad your back!

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    • Thanks Deidre.
      I should have known better at the time.
      We were taking some guests up into the Alishan mountains tea-growing region and were about a six-hour drive out of Taipei when we found at that an overturned truck had blocked our access to a tea field very high up the mountain, where we had arranged to meet a tea-master friend. They said it would take 2-3 hours to clear so we went looking for somewhere to eat. The place we found was tiny and I should have paid more attention when she said “Wow, you are a lot of people (6 of us), I don’t know what I have, but I will see what we have lying around.” Actually quite delicious and I was the only one to get sick – but boy was I sick – violently sick for almost two weeks and then slowly decreasing over the next two – one of the most unpleasant experiences I have had. At least the health system here is amazingly good and cheap 🙂

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  3. Glad to hear your are back! I’ve been taking a break from writing too (various personal and medical reasons) but I’m still very much enjoying the educational /homeschooling blogworld. Your blog is one that I truly enjoyed. I look forward to reading more when you’re up to it!

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