Today was a productive day.  I churned through many nagging tasks at work and whittled down my never-ending to-do list.  I wrapped up some post-barbeque logistics such as getting lost items back to their proper owners.  I made final preparations for my presentation tomorrow to high school students, and I prepared for our association meeting next Tuesday.  I sent bid requests for work that needs to be done on our rental property, and I negotiated lease renewals with our tenants.  I also ordered some wrinkle-free shirts from Men’s Wearhouse.  My wife ordered some toy train accessories for my son.  All in all, it was a productive day for our family.  Some days are more productive than others.  On some days you feel like nothing gets done, and on others it’s smooth sailing.  Today felt like the latter. 

I also did something I did not want to do.  I found a replacement willing to teach English to my Koreans coworkers.  If you remember, I started teaching English in early May after a months-long hiatus.  I taught just three classes, and now I have to step down.  Starting next week, when I begin my new job, I will be too busy to teach classes on Wednesday afternoons.  My plan was to teach the course for six months and then hand it over to someone else to teach, but now I won’t have that chance.  Some of my American colleagues happily stepped forward to teach in my stead.  I’m glad, because their teaching will provide some continuity for the Koreans who have made the commitment to improve their English.  After my new job ends later this year, I will have an opportunity to teach it again. 

Today my team hosted a party for those of us who recently joined the team and for those of us who will be leaving.  We have a great team.  Even though I’m not moving far away, I won’t see them on a regular basis again until I finish my assignment (after I finish I will return to my team).  I asked them to include me on future fun activities such as noraebang (karaoke).  They agreed wholeheartedly.


Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his family. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. looyahn's Gravatar looyahn
    May 27, 2005    

    regularly stuff also contains joy and surprise.The key is ur is always concrete and beautiful. good luck,guy. 🙂

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