Author Archives: Anthony

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.

The Chicken Sandwich

It’s rare for me to cook for someone else.  It isn’t that I am a bad cook, bur rather that the opportunity doesn’t come up often.  Today was one of those opportunities and I did my best. When I think … Continue reading

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An ESL Home Run

“Wow! I asked every teacher I had to explain that to me and now I understand.  Thank you.” In case you’re not sure what you’ve just read, let me explain. That is the sound of an ESL teacher hitting a … Continue reading

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An Award Asks for Advice

This is not the post that I had planned on writing, and it probably isn’t the post I am expected to write. I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by View From The Back.  Please go check out the … Continue reading

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I Didn’t Mean to Buy the Chocolate Bar

I really shouldn’t go to the dollar store. It isn’t that I don’t need more useless house crap–though I don’t.  It is just that I spend my money on junk food when I go there.  It might vary depending on … Continue reading

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Really?

  Life is weird. Okay, I said it.  I meant it.  Life is full of weird little coincidences and sometimes I am lucky enough to spot them.  Just think of all the ones I miss.  You might be wondering what … Continue reading

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As Thought by the Teacher

A quarter of a century of teaching builds calluses. I like my students, but I have learned to accept that they come for a short time and then are gone.  I don’t mean to be aloof, but after pouring my … Continue reading

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A Coffee Moment

    You generally won’t find me sitting around in coffee shops. It isn’t that I never patronize them, but rather I am more of a beer with a friend than a coffee with a friend.  I have also watched … Continue reading

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A Kick Out Of Bananas

I have written before about gifts my students have given me. Today is another one of those situations, but with a little twist.  You see, usually the students bring things from their country.  These can be folk crafts, snacks, post … Continue reading

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Cyber Monday Yields A Travel Deal

Cyber Monday is usually a bust for me. I rarely need anything and I rarely have money to splurge.  It is even rarer for me to actually find an incredible deal.  A ten percent sale is common enough not to … Continue reading

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Modern Technology

  It is, perhaps, too early in the day to decide on Today’s Perfect Moment, but it is certainly the right time to write Today’s Oddest moment. This moment comes to you courtesy of modern technology. I am no Luddite, … Continue reading

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