What will life post February 1st be like?

haiku for today:


or suspense multiplied? Sun

drops worldwide tonight

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http://englishworldwide.ning.com is now live to the world!

A new babe is born!


~ the power of believing in a dream…

haiku for today:

tasty treats, sunshine,

supportive spouse, friends, siblings

wise owls watching me…

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For the past 26 days I have been working nearly around the clock developing a Ning site, a website for anyone 17 and older interested in learning English or facilitating the learning of English.

Approximately one hour ago the site launched for a two-week test run.

What does this mean?

The site is only visible to registered members until February.  On the first of February the site will be public for the world to view (unless — but I don’t even want to think about it — unless too many things go wrong during the next two weeks.

If you want to be among the test pilot group, please head on over to http://EnglishWorldWide.ning.com and attempt to register!!!

I do have the settings set so that I must approve all new members.  So after you complete the registration, it may take me a few hours (I do need to sleep!) to approve your registration.

After February 1, the site will be visible for you to preview before registering.

Questions?  Contact me on Skype (Smilin7).

Hope to see you there soon,


early new year beginnings…

haiku for today:

Pudgy, privileged

black crow preens authority

near the birdfeeder

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As many of my friends and acquaintances know by now, my employer of the past three years — EnglishCafe (a ‘sister’ company under Global English) — has announced that EnglishCafe.com will be shutting down, closing forever.

It is very sad news.  I’ve been a part-time consultant and a facilitator/teacher on/from the site for over three years.

I’d established over 2000 EnglishCafe friends during those three+ years and logged in daily, often over 10 hours daily!  EnglishCafe was a huge part of my life, and it’s heartbreaking to learn of its closure.

Forced to make decisions on what comes next, needing to replace at least a fair portion of that income ‘pronto’, the past few weeks have not exactly been filled with the usual holiday joy.

https://hollydilatush.wordpress.com/ellwithholly will be the page I update with my decisions.  At this point, I’m working a few hours each day at building a Ning site: http://EnglishWorldWide.ning.com from which I hope to schedule classes — with some of the same students I’ve been working with as well as with the many new ELLs (English Language Learners) I hope to meet in the near future.

I am also actively seeking information about other employment options, and will be trying to find the hours to continue updating my pages here on this site, updating my LinkedIn information, trying to stay positive.

As I work on this site, I’m recognizing just how much I have learned over the past few years.

I’m filled with gratitude for the many ELL professionals who have taught me — directly and indirectly, who have encouraged me.

Even if I opt not to launch this new site, the attempt to develop it is proving to be an excellent opportunity for self-reflection, an awareness of the skills I do not have, the areas of expertise I enjoy, and those  I don’t.

2012 will be an interesting year!