Archive September 2012

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Dear Bradshaw,

Arriving at work last week, when I asked Helen about her weekend, she said she had been baptized the day before, adding that it had been euphoric, an epiphany. She had even spoken in tongues, she said, and that’s how she knows her faith is real and that now her soul is saved. continue reading »

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How wonderful life would be 0

Dear Bradshaw,

During my lesson with eight-year old Lorenzo, he complained that life was a bummer because you had to go to school and study, and then when you graduated you had to get a job and work for the rest of your life.

True enough, but feeling it my adult duty to convince him otherwise (and knowing his parents were in the other room and, more than likely, listening), I said, “That’s a rather bleak way of looking at life. After all, without education there’d be no progress, no intellectual and creative evolution, which would mean no video games, no bicycles, no basketballs. So instead of spending your free time playing sports, watching television, or playing games, you’d be breaking your back from dawn to dusk milking cows, feeding chickens, planting seeds, and picking apples. Work is enriching, especially if you find something you love to do, because then it isn’t really work, is it?” continue reading »

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Dear Bradshaw,

For the first time in my teaching career I’ve agreed to teach a student in my apartment. I always insist on conducting lessons at people’s houses or offices because when I’m in my apartment I’m the king of my castle, which means I read, write, play the harmonica, joke with Jimi, take naps, i.e. anything but work. But as Martina has a job interview next week and wants to do only six lessons, I’ve made an exception. In fact, it worked to my advantage yesterday as it was pouring rain when the hour was up, and when she left, I was already home… and dry. continue reading »

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