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.

Taking Time for Tea

  When I lived in Japan, one of my students was a rather revered master of the tea ceremony.  On one occasion, my roommate and I were invited by her to participate in one.  It is highly ritualistic and at times beautiful.  It … Continue reading

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Like No One Is Watching

There are two different ways that I pick Today’s Perfect Moment. This might not be that important for you, but it is important for today’s post. I either reflect on the day when I am at my keyboard, or on … Continue reading

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Small “r” Rebel

There’s a rebel in all of us. Maybe there isn’t a revolutionary working to change the world.  Maybe there isn’t someone who’ll put it all on the line to make big changes.  Maybe we would just like to follow the … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Winter

I forgot my phone and had to run back to my house to get it. If I didn’t have to enter my work hours, or keep up several games of Words with Friends, I probably would have left it and … Continue reading

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Happiness Arithmetic: Easier Than Algebra

  And one day the student shall become the teacher. As I became a teacher (sometimes joyfully, sometime begrudgingly, sometimes with a clear view of the irony and karmic significance), this saying is somewhat prophetic.  However, in it’s less literal … Continue reading

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Comfort Food

  If you’re still following your New Year’s Diet, look away….run away…close this browser…but make sure you come back later.  When?  Later.  When you are full.  When the diet thing is done.  Later.   For those of you that have … Continue reading

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Kerouac Found Me

She was beautiful, she had her own style, and she was reading On The Road. I am not going to wax lyrical about the book.  I have conflicting feelings about the book.  I have read it several times and felt … Continue reading

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All The World’s A Stage

What happens on the planet Earth, stays on the planet earth When I caught sight of this witty take on the all too familiar slogan, I chuckled inwardly and while thinking it one of the better satires, I preferred to … Continue reading

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The Sound of Snow Falling

Today had two Perfect Moments. The first was the early morning snowfall. I was out of the house before the sun had cleared the horizon.  It was a short walk to my bus stop, but it was a quiet one.  … Continue reading

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Overcoming Procrastination

I don’t have a job jar. I probably should have a job jar.  Does that actually work? I have read books on procrastination (after procrastinating starting them) and I have never found a sure fire method of beating procrastination. A … Continue reading

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