I’m a linguist, and on this blog I’m “trying to sort through the flood of information in a balanced and pragmatic way”, as a reader put it.
About the name for this blog
Let’s start out with the premise that free, responsible people would like to have an accurate map of their world as one of the tools that they could use to assess where they want to invest their time and attention and to set goals and proceed to move to achieve them in a productive manner. Most people want to have a happy, productive life. They are happy to help others do the same.
The reality is that life is a gauntlet with a variety of parties in the game of economic warfare trying to trick and manipulate the average person, including children.
So how do we build a good map, stay clear and avoid losing time and resources to serve other people’s agenda in a way that is detrimental to our happiness, productivity and goals?
Catherine Austin Fitts writes mostly about money and how it works. I blog about other useful “maps”: of behaviour, philosophy, education, language and communication.
Who I am
I’m an expat Brit living and teaching English and in a small private university in south-west-central Japan.
What I do
- I teach full-time at a university and part-time at 2 others.
- I teach spoken and written English, mainly to beginners and low-intermediate students.
- I also teach 3 academic writing classes.
- peace, both inner and outer
- reading, writing and thinking
- teaching and learning
My other blogs
- Autonoblogger – an embarrassing record of my vain attempts to teach English to college students in Japan
- Academic Skills and Writing Strategies (2 classes at Doshisha Women’s College, Kyoto, Japan)
- Academic Writing I & II (a class at Kyoto Prefectural University, Japan)
- Reading (a reading group)
- Affiliate Newbie – coming soon; a record of my learning how to dot affiliate marketing