Monthly Archives: February 2016

Revelling in Personal, Though Perhaps Trivial, Accomplishments

Maintaining or achieving happiness sometimes means stretching your definitions.   I search for good things or at least things that make me smile everyday.  Some days that means being delighted with my fortune cookie, some days that means finding joy in … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of the Two-Fisted Drinker

What I have to write about today is not remarkable in any way. However, its absurdity…or profundity, since when it comes to my life on the bus, these two rather opposite things seem to share many characteristics in this universe. … Continue reading

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The Full Brunt of Karma, In This lifetime or the Next

I remember not being overly kind (read childishly cruel) to the substitute teachers in my life. Childishly cruel is probably better described as bratty or disdainful or angsty or some other word that explains the eye rolling and defiant attitude … Continue reading

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A Forever or Two Ago

Let me set the scene as best I can. I was sitting on the bus headed to work.  I had arrived about a minute before the bus was due to arrive–fortunately there is a digital display that is updated in … Continue reading

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When Students Ask About Snow

    Maybe one of the best things about teaching students from countries around the world is that they can marvel at things you take for granted in your own country–they can be incredibly harsh and critical too, but we’ll … Continue reading

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It Has to Mean Something, Doesn’t it?

I was sitting in the subway, having gotten a seat because I was riding during non-peak hours. To my right, many empty seats and a scattering of passengers killed time their own way.  Mine was to bury myself into Bret … Continue reading

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Fortune Cookies for the Sick

I don’t like to make excuses but I have been sick this past week and it has really affected my blog production. I’ve done my very best to over-medicate myself, but I am still feeling the effects.  I have had … Continue reading

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Perfect Indignation

Today’s Perfect Moment is a strange one. Having read my previous posts, you might conclude that for me to call it strange, it must really be out there.  I am not sure that is the case.  It was just one … Continue reading

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While Walking to the Subway

I don’t have a perfect moment today, but rather a weird one. I hope my dozen or so readers won’t be annoyed by this.  I expect the perfect moment to return tomorrow.  Then again, who knows what the universe has … Continue reading

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Not a Winter Holiday, but a Holiday from Winter

Unlike a winter holiday, somehow, some way, people in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area, or The Six as it is sometimes called) got a holiday from winter. The temperature climbed way above the norm and treated us to a spring … Continue reading

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