Monthly Archives: February 2018

Compensation

It’s Valentine’s day and I am not involved in any romance. I had no fancy dinner date, or romantic dinner at home with bottles of wine and chocolate soufflés.  Fortunately, I am a teacher, and sometimes the students bring you … Continue reading

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A Splash of Colour on the Subway

There is really no halfway. On the subway, you either make eye contact or you don’t.  I tend to make eye contact, but mostly I am looking at the books people are reading.  I am not sure what it is … Continue reading

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Tales from the ESL Teacher’s Room.

Teachers talk about their students. That is a given.  Sometime we complain about them, sometimes we praise them, and sometimes we are completely baffled by them.  This is considered normal venting for a teacher.  It is mostly harmless.  If you … Continue reading

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Answering the Call

I and the telephone are not best friends. Especially now that I have a smart phone rather than a home phone.  It is more than likely that I put it down somewhere in my house and wandered off to another room or … Continue reading

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Blogging After Midnight

“Shouldn’t you be in bed?” or “It’s late.” or my perennial favourite, “You have to work tomorrow.” These are things I have heard when, rightly, I should be in bed but am fussing around with something.  In the past, these … Continue reading

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The Snow Danced

It is not often that perfect moments happen in the morning. It is, after all, morning.  However, yesterday was an exception worth noting. I alit from the bus last because I had become absorbed in my book and needed time … Continue reading

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The Characters That I Work With

When I wrote about the KISS play set and my diverse co-workers, I am sure some of the readers had some doubts about my words.  We’re all prone to exaggeration.  Why would I be any different? I could reiterate my stance … Continue reading

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I Wanna Rock And Roll All Night

I am an ESL teacher. ESL teachers are an odd bunch.  There are nerdy ones.  There are geeky ones.  There are those that love grammar and those that want to teach “how we really speak.”  There are introverts and extroverts.  … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Sunday’s Spectacle

Super Bowl Sunday Someone asked me on Friday what I thought about moving the Super Bowl to Saturday. Apparently, somewhere, someone took a poll and got a strong response to moving the game. The way I see it, there are … Continue reading

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Beating Winter

Yesterday, I took the opportunity to travel the roads less traveled between my house and the sprawling suburb known as Oshawa–they might not like this term, but since their cars jam up the highway on any given day, they deserve … Continue reading

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