Long, long time ago there was a world of white. A world of burning ice, each drifting snowflake holding the promise of a story, the scent of adventure, the delicate delight of perfection. My world was simple, predictable; each season showing off its royal colours and social motions. Hockey in winter, baseball in summer. Spicy pumpkin pies in autumn, bright, head-turning tulips in spring.
Long, long times ago.
Storylines are not always simple to explain to others. Where does one begin? And why not go further back, reaching out in time, digging into roots, roots of myths and mysteries, roots of fire and ice, criss-crossing the lines of passage and transformation?
So, where does one begin?
And what difference will it all make?
The flame no longer burns me. The flame no longer eludes me.
For I have become all that I have seen and been. Fire, ice, sand and sea. All are me. A criss-cross balance of seascapes, seasons of change, fragile frontiers of blended worlds.
My next guest share similar stories to mine. My next guest comes from a land of ice and stretching winter whites.
Join me here as James Buckingham reflects on changes in education and specific implications for the field of English Language Teaching.
James describes himself to most people as an Ed Tech Specialist and eclectic student with a voracious appetite for learning that’s well fed by the internet. Jim has post graduate degrees in both Education Technology and Adult Education. However his more important personal story has led him to being bashed and bruised in ice hockey, becoming an avid listener of classical music, relishing the challenges of understanding contemporary art, meditating before the birds and sun have arisen, and welcoming the various tastes from kitchens around the world. He continues to add to the list by choosing to travel down narrow dusty roads rather than paved ones.