To call a man a plumber is to describe one aspect of him, but it is also to obscure a number of others.

John Fowles, The Aristos

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With Fowles' comment in mind, let me begin by saying that several aspects of my life relate to my professional work, in the field of second language studies. I serve as Director of the English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Coordinator and Advisor for the BA program for the Department of Second Language Studies (SLS), and occasionally teach classes in the SLS undergraduate program. I am also a co-author of textbooks, and have led workshops on teacher training and teacher-portfolio and job-search strategies.I do have a few other aspects of my self, as well. I'm a father and husband, a son and brother, a closet philosopher, someone who loves to dabble in writing and music (mostly listening, to jazz and various forms of rock, although I was sort of part of a late 70s punk band and have always had delusions of grandeur about compositions for this band).