Clearly it has been a while. In fact I am sure somewhere out there Ryan is giggling because as the super admin of this site he gets all of the lost password requests when I try to log in. It only took 20 tries and two cups of coffee but I am here… finally.

So many things have prevented me from getting back to this space. Self doubt and imposter syndrome have been the main culprits here, not a lack of time or space to write. No, in fact, where I am now in my tiny life I am lucky to say I have both of those things and feel very fortunate in that regard. But regardless, self doubt and “do I really have anything to say?” has plagued me for many months.

Until I just decided to plow ahead. I realized one morning that I miss writing. I like writing. I like what I write. So… here we go!

Sure, I don’t have to be writing in a public space… but I know myself. Writing here gives me an added push to write clearly, and to finish what I started. Goodness knows I have scratch pads and scraps of paper everywhere with incomplete thoughts and scribbles and whatnot. This place, I hope, will let me pull them together and make sense of them.

I have “retired” from the world of language learning technology (and happily so) and now am a almost-full time college level language teacher. I still have my issues with and questions about language technology, and those will pop up here on occasion. I plan to write a bit about teaching in a liberal arts college (also my alma mater which continues to be…weird), teaching language as a non-native speaker, teaching listening (always!), and the work I am doing with teachers who use/want to use Radio Ambulante with their students (aka my happy place).

I am doing this for me and for my need to keep writing. I do hope others (hello dear reader) enjoy what comes out. But if not, that’s okay. Comments always welcome. Encouragement deeply appreciated.

Here’s hoping the next time I log in it doesn’t take 20 tries 🙂

Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for almost 20 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and making stuff out of clay. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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