A birthday note to me (English & Spanish)

On the eve of my birthday, I thought it would be a good time to post something like this. And I will do it annually.

This is a short note about the happiest and saddest event of my life this past year.


Michael, you learned so much in the past year thanks to the 110 students from more than 25 countries that you had the pleasure and honor of meeting through online teaching. Three have been with you since February 2020, a couple of others almost as long. You joke that they are the real teachers, but in fact, they are. They are closer than friends; they are your virtual family. I believe you’d be lost without them.

But, you know that life is not without its disappointments. And one of the saddest includes friends. You’ve lived in 5 countries and 14 cities. You’re not accustomed to long-standing friendships. Still, whether established or promising, when one takes a negative turn, you’ve learned to accept the loss as part of life and move on; to seek new and mutually beneficial alliances and friendships that allow you to continue living a fulfilling life.

Finally, the universe has blessed you with a life exponentially more amazing than you could have ever imagined. Continue to be humbled and thankful on a daily basis.

La víspera de mi cumpleaños, pensé que sería un buen momento para publicar algo como esto. Y lo haré anualmente.

Esta es una breve nota sobre el evento más feliz y triste de mi vida el año pasado.


Michael, aprendiste mucho el año pasado gracias a los 110 estudiantes de más de 25 países que tuviste el placer y el honor de conocer a través de la enseñanza en línea. Tres han estado contigo desde febrero de 2020, un par de otros casi tanto tiempo. Bromeas diciendo que son los verdaderos maestros, pero de hecho lo son. Son más cercanos que amigos; son tu familia virtual. Creo que estarías perdido sin ellos.

Pero sabes que la vida no está exenta de decepciones. Y uno de los más tristes incluye amigos. Has vivido en 5 países y 14 ciudades. No estás acostumbrado a amistades duraderas. Aún así, ya sea establecido o prometedor, cuando uno toma un giro negativo, ha aprendido a aceptar la pérdida como parte de la vida y seguir adelante; buscar nuevas alianzas y amistades mutuamente beneficiosas que le permitan seguir viviendo una vida plena.

Finalmente, el universo te ha bendecido con una vida exponencialmente más asombrosa de lo que podrías haber imaginado. Continúe siendo humilde y agradecido a diario.

Just a Minute, Please – Notification

Only five more episodes of Just a Minute, Please. Well, only five more that I will record and post here. The reason? Nobody listens to them. I’ve recorded 95 episodes and have less than 600 listens on Castbox. That’s less than six per episode. Many have zero listens.

My two most popular episodes were the ones where I said I was thinking about having a dog and then when I decided not to do so. Since, I have no episodes planned about pets, my listenership will stay close to nothing.

I’m not complaining, because as I mentioned in episode 1, I create for me. I began recording the episodes at the request of a student. I haven’t run out of ideas, just out a desire to share when (essentially) nobody cares.

I’ll continue to post short stories as I write them, short films as I make them and plays as I produce them. This means that posting going forward will happen infrequently.