Monthly Archives: January 2021

First Month Accountability

It is the end of January and I promised myself I would take stock every month to see where my resolutions are going. Hopefully this will keep me on track. Reading This year, I am setting a modest goal of … Continue reading

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Silver Lining?

I said goodbye to my class on Friday. We were down to three students and two of the remaining 3 are finishing in the next two weeks. What that meant for me was being laid-off. I had managed to work … Continue reading

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Reaching Out

I once taught a reading lesson on the subject of different kinds of friendships. The article noted that there were seven kinds of friends. I won’t bore you with all the details-though I still have the textbook it was drawn … Continue reading

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Nothing

I am sitting here staring alternately at the screen and the keyboard. I’ve got nothing. I want to write something, but there’s nothing in the tank. Rest assured, this is not a case of writer’s block. I’ve got lots of … Continue reading

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Feeling Valued

Between my two classes, it started snowing and didn’t stop until quite late in the evening. It was that beautiful kind of snow that isn’t blizzard blowing cold, but rather gentle flakes falling to the ground covering up all the … Continue reading

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Standing on the Pedals

I started riding an indoor turbo trainer and riding with the Zwift program just before the start of the new year. It was one of my resolutions to get fitter for the summer biking season. I am planning to report … Continue reading

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Choosing to Walk

Going grocery shopping today, I had the choice of taking the car or going on foot. The choice was less about distance and more about temperature. However, weighing all things, exercise was chosen over comfort. Also, it was good to … Continue reading

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Making Connections

I have been following people on YouTube for years. I follow people who make travel videos, woodworking videos, cycling videos, hack videos, and countless others. At the beginning, I followed a lot of JVloggers. This is a term given to … Continue reading

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Taking Requests

I don’t know how often I say it to students, but I feel like it is more often than should be necessary. I always tell the students that they can bring any questions about English they have to me. Mostly … Continue reading

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Hidden Amid the Junk Mail

The mail carrier arrived during my break time today. I grew up thinking that mail carriers had a pretty set routine. They wouldn’t arrive at exactly the same time every single day, but they would be within some kind of … Continue reading

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