My Self-Taught Coding Journey

I don’t know when it started. Could have been when one of my students asked if he could stay in during recess to practice “Scratch” (a simplified coding program intended for kids) and I saw how much fun he was having. It could have been when I met a guy who was doing freelance programming…

I Will Speak Spanish

How do I not speak Spanish? I lived in Mexico for 2 years, I spent a month in Spain one summer, and I’ve been in Guatemala for almost 6 months. And I don’t speak Spanish!! Well, not really. If someone asks me if I speak Spanish, I can’t confidently say, “Yeah, I do”. Rather, something…

You Are What You Eat

It’s been a gradual change, over many years. There was never a goal (lose 10 pounds, have a smaller waist, have lower blood pressure) or diet (low carbs, no sugar, Paleo): only learning and living based on my knowledge and what makes me feel good. Upon reflection, I realize that I am now eating a…

Ridiculous and Ridiculously Awesome: Argument

You know what’s ridiculously awesome? The incredibly diverse perspectives people in our world have, and our ability to respectfully share those perspectives with one another. In the past few weeks, I’ve had an ongoing argument with an old friend on Facebook. I am strongly against most everything he posts related to Muslims and refugees. This…

Real Neat Blog Award

Wandering Soul recently nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award. While I am also not quite sure what this award is for (it’s a little vague, don’t cha think?), I am thankful that someone is recognizing my blog as worthy of any award. I truly appreciate the recognition and recommend that you visit Wandering…

What Would You Like to See on WanderLaur?

We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve. – Bill Gates Help me improve! I’d like your feedback (I don’t know how this amazing writing101 assignment got put off for so long!). What have you enjoyed reading so far? What would you like to see more of? What other things can…

The Beautiful Spanish Language

One month after moving to Mexico, with next to no knowledge of the Spanish language, I wrote about the challenge of communication in an unknown language: I was in Office Depot today printing pictures and buying a few things. I was attempting communication with someone behind the photo counter and it hit me: life is…