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About hodgedude

I'm a Canadian journalist and teacher, most recently living in Edmonton and Toronto, now located in Ho Chi Minh City. Graduate of Concordia University in Montreal. I've taught English in S. Korea, pulled rickshaws in Canada, taught at a Taiwanese language boot camp, edited newspapers in China and played a French-speaking Spanish colonel on Vietnamese TV. I also play Australian football. Pick up a copy of issue one of my independent comic, "Getting Lucky," at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, the Comic Hunter in Moncton, New Brunswick, and the Spotted Cow Pub, 111 Bui Vien, District 1, Saigon.

Coping when Revenue Streams Dry Up

By Harry Hodge As I near my mid-40s, I have become accustomed to hustling for work. Over a lifetime of relying on writing and teaching as revenue streams, you (luckily? sadly?) develop a personal process for what to do when … Continue reading

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What Journalism Taught Me (Not What You Think)

By Harry Hodge So the headline is not necessarily what you’re expecting to read, I reckon. I could mention some of the skills I picked up during my years working in the media, whether in full-time, part-time or freelance capacities. … Continue reading

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Alab extinguish Heat playoff run

By Harry Hodge Everyone deserves a second chance. In basketball, that attitude will take you far in the playoffs. Fighting for their postseason lives against a larger opponent, the Saigon Heat simply surrendered too many rebounds and second chances to … Continue reading

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Hitting the Wall – Light Days and Heavy Days

By Harry Hodge Today is going to be a “heavy day.” You know how I know? It’s a Thursday. For more than a year now, I’ve been doing “heavy” Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as recently Wednesdays sometimes. This dates … Continue reading

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Saigon: Why A Year Here Became Seven

By Harry Hodge Saigon isn’t for everybody. Especially when they look at other cities in Asia to find their fortune. Sexier destinations tend to be your classic “Rat Race” cities: Tokyo; Seoul; Shanghai. Gleaming glass towers and bankers and modern … Continue reading

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Daddy Daycare: Multitasking to the Max

By Harry Hodge We knew Granny was gonna leave sooner or later. But we spent the next few days reeling from her departure. No sooner did she hop on the airplane that Saturday than my daughter Cherry started running a … Continue reading

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Why getting stressed is, ultimately, pointless

By Harry Hodge That’s right. You read the title. Getting stressed is pointless. Not to say, it won’t happen. Not everyone looks at things in the same way. We all view everything informed by our own personality/wants/objectives: Success; relationships; the … Continue reading

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