Quincy Smith, Founder Of ESLAuthority.com, Shares About Teaching English In Another Country–And How You Can, Too

Hi Brandon, I came across your website after finding the interview you did with Andy. I am a former ESL teacher in China and found my time here to be one of the most inspiring times of my life so far. It has led me to start a website called ESL Authority, and I’d love to talk about…
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A Tanzanian Asked Me How Americans Feel About Trump. Will You Answer Him?

​”Brandon, may you write something about how people of America perceive the ideas of the newly elected president?”  This is the question I recently received from a former colleague in Tanzania. Kalistus Chonya and I worked together at a school in this East African country in 2014. We’ve stayed in touch ever since. Like a lot of people…
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Boyang Captures Taiwan

“I didn’t really have any anticipation. While growing up in China, there was some propaganda about Taiwan and how it is still part of China. For me, it was just another undiscovered destination along the route of my personal trip of discovery.” -Boyang After capturing Japan, photographer Boyang island-hopped southbound to another Asian economic stronghold: Taiwan.…
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Boyang Captures Japan

Last week we met world-traveling photographer Boyang through his signature works from various corners of the planet. Today, we begin to share his photographic studies of specific locations. His words describing this first location:  There was a reason that I picked Tokyo as my first stop on my year-long travel: it is well-organized, clean, and…
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The Actualization Of Humanity Allows Us To Experience More In Life

A recipient of my Sunday email to readers sent me a photo of her small town in England. I had asked recipients to send in a photo of their “habitat” to show all the readers what life looks like around the world–from the frozen fresh lakes here in Minnesota, to the salty Pacific of San…
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Where In The World Is Boyang? –The Man Who Captured The World

“I was stuck in a 8-5 office job in a factory in the medical device sector,” Boyang said to me. Boyang had been working in the industry for about five years, when he decided to do something crazy. “The idea of giving up one’s income to do something completely contrary to all cultural norms, and with…
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Stay Free Of Today’s Political Drama; Build Your Own Sand Castle

As was the case during the US presidential election, and again during the inauguration, unrest dots the American landscape today. Those agitated are protesting. Those angry at the protesters are scoffing. In all, there are large amounts of activity and time spent attacking one another. It’s so easy to get caught up in the back…
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An Appalachian Woman Tells All: Poverty And Drug Abuse In West Virginia

The first thing that comes to people’s minds when hearing “West Virginia” is likely one of the following: mountains, hillbillies, coal, poverty.  These latter two are best represented in the interview below.  The woman on video isn’t a coal miner nor the wife of one. But the coal industry’s demise, as she mentions, does play a part…
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Vanessa Travels (And Philosophizes Upon) The Winter Wonderland Of Bryce National Park

Nine years ago, I was a 26-year-old taking my first international trip. I had met a Minneapolis schoolteacher who would take school supplies to a fledgling primary school in Antigua, Guatemala in Central America.  Aided by the connections she had in that city, I visited this historic city over the 2007-2008 New Year. I wasn’t the…
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It’s Cold. So Here Are Some Summer Nature Shots From The South

It’s long john season. Wool socks. Sweaters and parkas. Squeeze into your car with all that. See your breath. Try to reach for the seat belt with limited flexibility and then wrap it around your now 60-inch waist line. Whoop. My phone’s in my coat pocket. Better undo my seat belt to get it out.…
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