Two very quick weeks have flown by since my Spanish teaching experience began here in Mesa, Arizona. Twelve classes weekly, and we are about to add one more. Several of my intermediate students have requested a conversational class – Spanish only! Being a native speaker, yet not using the language daily for far too many years, I am a bit rusty…..but it comes back! I have nearly 250 students spread over the twelve classes, many more than I expected. Teaching very enthusiastic adults is a lot of fun!

The Good Life Resort, where I am parked for three months, really does offer the good life……or, at the very least, the busy life. This resort is one of at least nine that Cal-Am manages in the Mesa area. Each resort is amazing. I teach at eight of them, and I am flabbergasted at the activities at each resort. The list of classes offered at no charge is endless and covers everything from techie knowledge to music to arts and crafts to quilting to languages to dancing and so much more. There are pools and spas, outdoor grills, miniature golf, shuffle board, pickle ball, tennis, card games of every kind, golf driving cages, bicycling, and the list goes on. I saw a Farmers’ Market at one resort, and several of them have flea market type gatherings on occasion. Live musical entertainment is offered by the pools or in one of the halls almost daily.

No time yet to get out and explore the area yet. I’m looking forward to an opportunity to go hiking in the Superstition Mountains just a few miles from here. For those of you familiar with the area, I am open to suggestions on must-see places to visit. I think my time here is going to go quickly, and I am in the process of determining where my summer location will be.

Just this evening I attended a Gospel Quartet Concert here at Good Life. What a treat and so convenient! “Keepers of the Faith” is a group of talented young men from the state of Washington. Their harmony and deep faith were uplifting.

Moments of grace: I am so grateful for the many blessings in my life, from the wonderful place to call home for a few months to the great people I work with. Thank you for beautiful voices that are unafraid to profess their faith loudly and to do so is such a special uplifting way.

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