Monthly Archives: January 2019

The Modern Traveller

For most of my life, I have relied on Lonely Planet guidebooks to point the way when travelling. I don’t often use their recommendations to eat or hotels to stay at.  However, I like their important background facts on a … Continue reading

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A View From The Bus Window

What you can see from the bus window varies between distorted mess on rainy days (or when no one has cleaned the bus windows for a while) to something unbelievable. It is no wonder that Today’s Perfect Moment can easily … Continue reading

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Longer Days

Though I had to be reminded of it, Today’s Perfect Moment is the realization that the days are getting longer. Perhaps I did not notice because I still arrive and leave work in the dark.  Today, though, I managed to … Continue reading

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Getting Ready

This time next week, I will be in Costa Rica. That shouldn’t be its own paragraph, but when you write it on paper, it just seems so much more real. It just seems that it needs its own space.  It … 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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Banana Kit Kat

One of my students went back to Japan to take part in a festival to celebrate adulthood.  It is a wonderful event with beautiful kimono.  I saw it a couple of times in Japan and always thought it was spectacular–at … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland

My morning routine is pretty set. After showering and shaving, and before I feed the cat, I try my best to enjoy my breakfast (which includes coffee) while listening to the radio.  Though they had stopped the practice for a … Continue reading

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Of Masks and Men

I am not going to lie to you. I thought Monday was pretty cold.  I was mostly unconcerned while indoors.  I certainly didn’t want to rile up the students any more than they were.  I am sure all of them … Continue reading

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When It Gets Cold

With the snow coming down and most people thinking about hunkering down for the day–and the Toronto Maple Leafs not playing hockey on a Saturday (a big WTF for me since this has already happened a couple of times this … Continue reading

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Talking About Weather

The big talk in my classrooms on Friday was all about the weather. It was kind of like I was trapped in an ESL textbook from the 70s or 80s.  I enjoyed the irony….for a few minutes at least.  Then, … Continue reading

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