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!



haiku of the day:

recipe for pre-

solstice appreciations:

walk in soft moon prints

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a gorgeous moon out there tonight —


daughter and significant other friend here for a visit —

~ so nice to be with them

feeling very privileged today ~

loved ones to be with,

acceptable health,

tasty and abundant food,



lots of laughter,


time for walking,

for photo-sharing,

memory sharing ~


Feeling privileged…