• Who am I?

    My name is Dennis Dziedzic, and I was born and raised in Texas. For the past 8 years decade, I’ve lived and traveled abroad. I’ve been a backpacker, an English teacher, a homeless guy, an illegal worker, a yoga student, a clown, a painter, tattoo artist. Currently, I consider myself an improviser and a language enthusiast.

    After so much travel, my wife and I decided to settle down and enjoy the fruits of a grounded, stable life. Currently, we live in Taichung City, Taiwan, where I work as a science teacher. We’re also studying Chinese and learning to grow food, two top reasons that led us to choose this country in which to settle. We won’t stay here forever, but for now, this is home.

    Throughout my life, I’ve believed a lot of different things about a lot of things. I was once Catholic, then agnostic for a long time. I’ve not embraced any organized religion, but I’m back to believing in God, who I define as: a creative spiritual entity greater than any individual. I pretty much leave it at that.

    After all the traveling and all the mixing up of me with the rest of the world, I’m solidly convinced that 99% of all humans want the same thing: happiness. It’s only the method for reaching this state that differ and cause so much conflict between peoples and nations. And that’s one thing this little corner of the Internet is about–how to be happier, which usually means learning something. Enjoy!


    7 Responses to Who am I?

    1. March 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Hello Dennis
      I am the Editor for the Australian Career Practitioner magazine – the national publication of the Career Development Association of Australia.
      The purpose of my contact is to ask if you would be able to write say 400 words about creating a purposeful and meaningful career pathway to find happiness.

      Would you please let me know if this is possible? Copy would be due by 6 April.

      cheers, Lee

    2. May 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      Hello Dennis. I love that you so clearly see life as a journey of learning. I have always enjoyed my contacts with the Taiwanese. What is it like teaching English in Taiwan? I am also a teacher though I prefer the term ‘coach’ as it’s so much more egalitarian for children. Checkout my website if you like.I’m going to enjoy following you. One of my possible lives is to teach English overseas.

      • Dennis
        May 2, 2012 at 1:03 am

        Hello Anne. Teaching is a mixed bag, really. It depends on if you end up in a ‘school’ or a school. Sometimes business comes first. All in all, I really enjoy life and work here in Taiwan. It rocks! Thanks for the link to your site, checking it out now.

        • March 17, 2014 at 1:31 pm

          I concur with Dennis and Scott that adtdiicon is a chronic condition. Assuming I worked at a public treatment center there are several things I would do to further the work of aligning this belief to what is actually practiced in our profession. Direct work with clients and families would include the education piece about how adtdiicon is like having cancer, not like having a really bad case of the measles. Framing the issue of chronic vs. acute this way is crucial to helping all involved take the long view of success. Group work with a mixed-stage set of clients over an extended number of sessions as in Weegmann and English, skyped or cell phone based assertive continuing care, in-person quarterly RMC’s, would all be woven into my practice (assuming my agency was supportive). Much systemic work is needed to spread this vital reframing of adtdiicon as a chronic condition. From an education standpoint, this concept and practice is not a hard shift to sell, but many of these shifts will cost money. When it comes down to dollars that is a different story. From all levels within the agency, to community, state and federal funding sources both education and advocacy is necessary. I am ready to sign up for the sustained push that is required for progress to be made. Taking these sytemic changes even further into the very critical need for overall change in our nation’s adtdiicon treatment and aftercare structure. Toward that end I agree with McClellan and Meyers and say increases in funding support are needed to implement best practices in treating adults, adolescents, those who are dually diagnosed and incarcerated.

      • March 18, 2014 at 2:05 am

        I’m out of league here. Too much brain power on dilapsy!

    3. Nathaniel "Fanno" Hitchcock
      March 5, 2015 at 7:03 am

      Really appreciate your vibe. We have a lot in common and are headed to Taiwan with a bun in the oven, perhaps we’ll hangout someday.

      • Dennis
        March 6, 2015 at 2:15 am

        Sounds good. Best of luck to you. If you need help, drop me a line and I’ll do what I can.

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