I first met Nancy Lang, the owner of Three Leafs Tea during a transitional period in my life. It was the beginning of 2020, and Covid-19 had yet to make its full onslaught attack felt across the globe. I was entering the final days of my previous position at a company where I had worked and thrived for the past 8 years, The Hutong. Coming from a work culture full of life and energy, overflowing with the spirit of sharing, these values continue to stay with me to this very day. After leaving my job which required me to travel…
Dear Mikkeller Cinnamon Roll,
I have to admit, when I entered Mikkeller, I wasn’t looking for you. I was just hoping to try the beer. But then love has a mysterious way of sneaking up on us, doesn’t it? It hits us like a beaver tail in the face as we swim in the pond of life. I remember our first meeting. I can still taste you on my lips now.
I remember the specific moment in 5th grade when my little league baseball career abruptly and thankfully ended. I was standing in the outfield on the grass at Brewbaker Field Sports Complex in my hometown of Lexington, Virginia, feeling nervous about being there. Baseball was not a sport I particularly enjoyed, and I’m not sure why I even joined the Rockbridge Area Recreation Organization (RARO) little league baseball team. Perhaps it was the peer pressure or the opportunity for camaraderie with others my age. Maybe it was part of the requirement of growing up in small town America. Regardless of…
Cerberus Middle gnawed on the femur from the leg of a common livestock that had been brought down from the surface world a week before. There was still a bit of meat hanging from the thicker part of the bone. Cerberus Left slept while Cerberus Right licked his paw, contentedly.
Why was Middle always so hungry? Left and Right seemed to be able to get their fill, but Middle never seemed to be able to satisfy his appetite. …
“Sitting the month — or “zuo yuezi”坐月子 in Chinese — is a traditional form of postpartum confinement meant to help women recover and stay healthy after giving birth. Historically, it was believed new mothers should be kept warm for the crucial first 30 days post-birth, during which time they were instructed to wear long clothes, avoid any kind of cold air, not bathe, stay away from raw or cold foods, and just generally lie still at home.”-Dai Wangyun, Researcher from East China Normal University as quoted in Sixth Tone.
Originally, my wife wanted to give birth in her home country…
One of FIG’s most important roles within the group is that of the Venue Director. This role is an elected position who sits on FIG’s board of directors for a year and whose job it is to liaison with the group’s collaborating venues. As FIG is still a relatively young improvised group, completing its 3rd full year of existence in August of 2021, there have only been two members who have held this position up until this time.
Ganymede’s hands were softer and whiter than any woman’s Zeus had ever felt. Zeus had his choice of gods and goddesses, but it was the temptation of mortals like Ganymede…something about their childlike innocence, that made them so enticing to the father of the gods.
He looked up at the puffs of white clouds racing through the sky and ran his hands past the back of Ganymede’s hand. He turned his head and peeked at the young Trojan prince’s face…almost certainly passed out from exhaustion. …
I remember the first time I met Hsu I have to admit that I was a tiny bit skeptical. It’s not that I didn’t like or trust him — not that at all, in fact. Hsu is a very likeable person, a cool cat, someone I can imagine a friendship growing from a chance encounter — perhaps, accidentally spilling a beer on him at a musical festival sparking a friendship — that kind of guy. Not one to fall into the current trappings of being energised through division, he is is respectful of other viewpoints even if he totally disagrees…
就這樣毛主席就在我剛到中國的時候立刻入侵我在中國的生活中，當時我還沒有一個適合的中文名字。在宜春的第一個星期，另一個來自南非的同事介紹我一個中文老師，也就是他的學生。那個中文老師叫Jane，她是來自湖南長沙的一位非常嚴格又負責任的老師。在第一堂課時，她認為我應該要有一個適合的中文名字。介紹我們認識的南非同事叫Jody，他的中文姓是“喬“。Jane 以為我是一個很愛學習的人，所以她想一想，就給我起個中文名字叫喬好學。從那天起，“喬好學” 就哇哇落地了。沒想到時間過得那麼快，一直到現在喬好學已經過了青春期變化到了17歲了。
從2020年6月份我開始擔任學習長（Chief Learning Officer-CLO)這個職位。在我新公司，北祥科技服務 （Pershing Technology Systems Incorporated PTSC） 當學習長以後，我還沒有機會認識其他臺灣公司的學習長。我剛加入公司的時候，很多同仁都覺得我是特意為了這個職位而給我自己“喬好學”這個中文名字，沒想到這個名字已經陪伴了我18年。因為今年是公司重塑品牌的第一年，所以很幸運的我剛好是PTSC培養的第一位學習長。在西方文化，學習長這個職位是比較普遍的。我知道我應該不是臺灣公司的第一個學習長，不過在臺北可以算是一種稀有動物吧。
“We at FIG believe that improv is a common good, something that anyone can find benefit from. We strive to share lessons and build community by offering a bilingual, guided improv experience for people of various backgrounds and experience levels.” — Liam Fanning
American residing in Asia since 2004. Currently in Taipei where I work with PTSC as their Chief Learning Officer and perform bilingual improv in my spare time.