Tag Archives: gifts

Growing Enthusiasm

I’ve written before about choosing birthday gifts. In those posts, I wrote about gifts for my youngest niece and nephews.  I want to buy them every toy in the toy store and luckily, they want ever toy in the toy … Continue reading

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Listening Gets You Free Stuff

A co-worker was lamenting the state of Christmas. It was not the commercial aspect that everyone seems to always grumble about (and do nothing about)  but rather the state of her own family Christmas and gift giving traditions. Unlike a … Continue reading

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A Place For My Thoughts

With every vacation, and this case looming vacation, I like to have a journal to record my thoughts and have a place to glue those things that we think will make good souvenirs into. I did this for my cycling … Continue reading

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On Shaving

I spent a bit of time with the brother and the brothers-in-law, and all of us were sporting various amounts of stubble, despite the celebration of an early Christmas. Not unusual perhaps, but it did spark a bit of an … Continue reading

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A Bouquet

I can’t recall the last time I saw someone taking flowers to someone. It probably isn’t rare, but I just never see it.  I know there is a flower shop or flower corner at the grocery store, but I have … Continue reading

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A Week Without Blogging Is What Happened

The five or six people who read this blog consistently might wonder what happened. A week without blogging is what happened.  This was, of course, entirely unintentional.  I had not meant to not blog for an entire week, but that … Continue reading

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When to Slap the Teacher

If I ever say I am jealous of the gifts some teachers receive, please slap me… hard. Not only is jealousy wrong, but I have nothing to be jealous of.  Lately, people have given me so many compliments and so … Continue reading

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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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From the Mailbox

It hadn’t been a particularly amazing day. My commute to and from work was spoiled by some smelly passengers and loud cell phone users.  At work, the question as to why I have an instagram account, but no pictures arose, … Continue reading

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Direct from Switzerland

As a teacher in a private English school, in no way associated with a school board or university, it is okay to receive gifts from students. What I mean is, these gifts are not meant to influence student placement, acceptance, … Continue reading

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