Category Archives: nature

A Little Distraction

While it is hard to find Perfect Moments amid all the doom and gloom, sometimes Mother Nature steps in and shows me the way. I woke this morning to snow gently falling in my neighbourhood.  As we are in spring, … Continue reading

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Nature Moots the Discussion

I witnessed a curious interaction between two of my students.   The first said that winter wasn’t so bad.  The second answered that it wasn’t the winter he had experienced the previous year. Both students are from warmer climates than this … Continue reading

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Brightening my Break

Today’s Perfect Moment came upon me while walking through the halls during my break time. I teach a lot of a hours in a day to compress my work schedule.  Work has been very accommodating about this (and to others … Continue reading

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Trees at Night

It was a tough teaching day. It seemed to drag on forever and I was feeling pretty tired when I got on the bus to go home.  It didn’t help that there was an accident somewhere up the road slowing … Continue reading

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Overcoming Transit Woes

On a day that featured transportation problems both going to and leaving work, I truly needed a Perfect Moment to rescue me from the grumpy moods I was bound to be in. Luckily, I found one at each end of … Continue reading

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A Secret

Do you ever feel like someone’s got the secret, but their not letting you in on it? Do you get told about insider deals, only to follow their instructions and not find the deals?  It seems like others know how … Continue reading

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Unfamiliar

There’s this tree. It grows on someone’s corner lot not too far from my house.  Normally, it evokes no other response than, “it’s a tree.”  However, early in the morning, just as I peered at it, it seemed different.  Its … Continue reading

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The Pacuare River

The next part of my Costa Rican adventure was a two day river rafting trip, with a one day interlude to either hike or relax. We departed our hotel before dawn.  This made for a quiet ride.  Most people were … Continue reading

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Respect

I write a lot about my students because they give me a lot of material to work with. As we finally embrace winter, the questions begin. Is February warmer than now?                                                  How long does winter last? Is Montreal warmer … Continue reading

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Why Canadians Celebrate Thanksgiving in October

Honestly, I don’t’ know. I always believed that it was because it got colder here sooner, so the harvest happened earlier and therefore Thanksgiving started earlier. It sounds logical, and might in fact be true.  However, there might be more … Continue reading

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