Monthly Archives: January 2016

Finding Your Own Formula for Success

Originally posted on Being Thirties:
There’s a new ad for weight watchers where Oprah looks into the camera and tells everyone that each time she failed to lose weight led her to this moment to try again.  It’s a great…

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January …..Goodbye!

January is done and I am not sure I have a lot to show for it. I didn’t write down any of my resolutions despite resolving to do a number of things this year. I guess I didn’t take the … Continue reading

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The Coffee Incident

As is now documented, I fall asleep on the bus on my way home from work. Today’s story is not about me sleeping, though.  It is about one of my fellow passengers who displayed some fantastic skills. First some background … Continue reading

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Commuting Gets Surreal

I often spend time during my commute reading, dozing, wondering why the attractive women don’t sit next to me and composing today’s perfect moment. Today was not that much different, except of course that it was. My bus window was … Continue reading

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So, Universe. I’ve got some questions.

How do you respond to life’s little coincidences? I ask this, hoping we can, at least for the time being, set aside the debate as to whether there can be little or big coincidences. You’re probably wondering where all this … Continue reading

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The Great T-shirt Debacle

If I am to believe every sitcom I have ever seen, showing up in the same outfit is among the more mortifying things that can ever happen to a woman. I don’t know whether this is true or not, but … Continue reading

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A Misnomer If There Ever Was One

  On the radio and in the newspaper the powers that be have dubbed this “Blue Monday.” The idea being that this is the most depressing day of the year.   Really?  Today?  People who can’t get the weather right or … Continue reading

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A Good Cup of Tea

I wanted Today’s Perfect Moment to be mine, and even though it isn’t, I think it bears some introspection on my part, and hopefully yours. I can tell you….it involves liquids. I made my mother a cup of tea. She … Continue reading

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Teaching Students To Love Reading

Today I tried hard to inspire my students to read books and stories in English. This task sounds so easy on paper but in reality it is plagued with difficulty.  What cannot be argued with is that students who improve … Continue reading

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Cat Moments

When it comes to picking Today’s Perfect Moment, I usually find it incredibly easy or incredibly hard. The incredibly easy days are when there is one clear moment, or one clear thing.  Usually I fixate on it as a source … Continue reading

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