Tag Archives: Toronto

Disappointment

Let’s just get it out of the way right from the beginning. There is no Perfect Moment today.  Of course there is one, but it just cannot rise out of the gloom that my feelings are trapped in.  Am I … Continue reading

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Attempting to Save my Afternoon

I really hoped that Today’s Perfect Moment would be the Toronto Maple Leafs advancing to the next round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. I even took pictures to that effect.  Sadly, it will have to wait until Tuesday. If that … Continue reading

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Friends

I last wrote this blog five days ago. This might be the longest I have gone without a post since the start of the blog.  Even when I was on vacation, I managed to blog every couple of days.  I … Continue reading

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What happened to Facebook?

As an ESL teacher, I am sometimes caught in a time warp. Of course, teaching people younger than I am is always going to expose a generation gap, but actually it is the textbooks that are a bigger culprit.  This … Continue reading

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An Encounter with Muji

Decades ago, when I lived in Japan, various satirical magazines often made fun of what we termed Japanese English or Janglish. These were translation mistakes or misuses of English (intentional or unintentional) that appeared everywhere. They could be boldly emblazoned … Continue reading

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Sunshine

I emerged from the subway with all the other lemmings, grumbling and rolling my eyes at the people having difficulty with the turnstile exit. It sure and truly was a Monday morning.  Most everyone was waiting just inside the doors … Continue reading

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Better Than Solitary Joy

Where I work, students improve their English and change their levels. Hopefully, they have improved their pronunciation, reading comprehension, their writing skills, and their ability to speak a language I take for granted every day.  While I love this, it … Continue reading

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Leftover Perfection

Snow has started to fall again and though I never expect November snow to stick around, it seems as though it might. Before I regale you with pictures of winter and snow, because rest assured I can, I wanted to … Continue reading

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One Amongst Many

There are lots of candidates for Today’s Perfect Moment. I could choose the weather. Waking up early to a November snowfall was quite pretty–but the first ones always are.  Since I rarely ever pay attention to weather forecasts, this one … 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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