Category Archives: work

Lost and Found

The other day I lost my lunch bag. Then I lost or misplaced my textbooks for the course I was teaching and then I couldn’t find another book I often use and was thinking I would need it.  I tried … Continue reading

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When There Are No More Forks

There is something strange at my workplace. As I write this, I feel the slight stab of irony.  There are lots of strange things at my workplace, but that is de rigueur for a band of ESL teachers.  Nonetheless, there … Continue reading

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A Nice Day At Home

For the next couple of weeks, I am working a compressed work schedule. This means more teaching on the days I am at work, but also means more time off.  Today, was a day off. In the past, I used … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Rains

There was an odd kind of symmetry to my day involving rain. When I got to the subway stop nearest my work, it was raining, despite not raining before that.  When I left work, it rained on my walk back … Continue reading

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A Good Kind of Quiet

Friday had a weird component to it that only now, upon reflection, I understand as Today’s Perfect Moment. Upon further reflection, I wonder if those are the Most Perfect Moments. I work in a noisy environment. I don’t mean mechanically … Continue reading

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When Your Phone Dies

Last week, my phone stopped working. While it did affect me from a texting perspective, it didn’t really affect me from a phone perspective because very few people call me.  Actually, few people text me either, but those few people … Continue reading

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Not Today’s Perfect Moment

What I am about to write is not Today’s Perfect Moment. It was definitely a moment, but beyond that I am a little unsure. I accompanied one of my co-workers to the subway. We have been on a hello, how … Continue reading

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Setting the Alarm

And so the long weekend is over. I suppose I should question whether I used my time well. I suppose I should ask myself if I could have spent the day any better. I suppose I could have. I could … Continue reading

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No Need To Set The Alarm

I was doing all those things I normally do on a Sunday night.  I reached for the alarm clock to check the alarm time.  Over the weekend, I set it later than during the week.  During the week, I have … Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate

Today’s Perfect Moment is an easy one. After a long day of work and a numbing bus ride home, nothing says relaxation like some dark chocolate.  You can disagree with me if you want, but you’ll never convince me otherwise. … Continue reading

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