Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Last Post of the Year

It’s the end of 2016. I have nothing overly profound to say and no resolutions I wish to make public.  In fact, I haven’t made any and I am not sure that I will.  All I really know is that … Continue reading

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Camera Questions

Once again, I am appealing to readers and friends of readers (please pass this plea along to anyone who could help me). I am planning a trip in the near future to Vietnam and was wondering about cameras.  I want … Continue reading

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On Christmas Presents

The typical Christmas (or birthday) question seems to be “What do you want? ” or “What do you need?” In our endeavour to get someone a gift, we often appeal to them so they will get something they need, rather … Continue reading

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The Right Way to Eat a Kit Kat?

I don’t know if it is because of the people I work with or the fact that they are ESL teachers, but we can find ourselves in a whole bunch of debates. The topics of these debates range from the … Continue reading

Posted in Aspirations, Reflections, Perfection, good manners, Japan, Japanese, kit kat, proper | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Irony on Christmas Eve

I have been pretty lax in posting this past week. Actually, lax is far too generous a word.  Rather, I have been pretty negligent.  As a result, you will probably get a smattering of posts from me reflecting on this … Continue reading

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Nearing a Personal Milestone

I just checked my stats for this year and I am sitting on 4999 views.  So, if you are viewing this, you are my five thousandth viewer for this year. Thank you. I had hoped to double the views of … Continue reading

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The Woman Who Loved Chopin

I find it awesome to meet someone with passion. I don’t always “get” what they’re passionate about, but I respect it.  I find it powerful and somewhat infectious.  You can see the energy rippling off them in waves.  Sometimes it … Continue reading

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A Fantastic Choice

It isn’t often that I think those in power make the right choice. Most often, I just have to shake my head and wonder (cancelling the Eglinton subway after the tunnel was already dug and now carving it out again … Continue reading

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A Japanese Chocolate Moment

  After my indecisive day at the hobby shop (chronicled in tow earlier blogs) I went for a little pick-me-up at J-Town (Toronto’s Japanese group of markets, cafe’s and such).  I wasn’t hungry enough for dinner, but that didn’t stop … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities

When I went to bed on Sunday night, I did something I never do. I checked the weather forecast.  It said the weather in Toronto was going to be 5 degrees.  That’s pretty warm.  It also struck me as a … Continue reading

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