Category Archives: adversity

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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Sleeps Like an Angel

While speaking to a friend today, she remarked that I find a lot of interesting characters on the bus. She takes the same bus but has neither seen the people I have written about nor has she witnessed similarly “inspiring” … Continue reading

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A Novel Way to Catch Some Shuteye

If you sit in the teacher’s room, you might think that the students’ goals, besides learning, are to frustrate and confuse the teacher. The truth is, more often than not, I really think they are trying to entertain me. If … Continue reading

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The Bucket List of the Mundane

I was checking out Todd’s blog and he had a picture of a chalkboard that read “Before I die, I want to___________” written multiple times.  I responded with: …ride a hot air balloon. …drink coffee from the rooftop of a … Continue reading

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A Quiet Lunch

There are times when I crave noise and chaos. At those moments, there probably is no better place to be than the teacher’s room at an ESL school.  The personalities which make up that room run the gamut from A … Continue reading

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Saving a Turtle

Battling an illness for the past week has kept me off the bike. This week, though still not feeling one hundred percent, I decided to get out on the bike.  I chose the C group which turned out to be … Continue reading

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Setting the Alarm

And so the long weekend is over. I suppose I should question whether I used my time well. I suppose I should ask myself if I could have spent the day any better. I suppose I could have. I could … Continue reading

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Learning The Meaning of Vicissitude

vi·cis·si·tude plural noun: vicissitudes a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant. “her husband’s sharp vicissitudes of fortune” synonyms: change, alteration, shift, reversal, twist, turn, downturn, variation; More inconstancy, instability, uncertainty, chanciness, unpredictability, fickleness, variability, … Continue reading

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I wish I Had Had The Time To Stop And Smell the Vegetables

Distance 63.33 km Elevation Gain 547 m Time 2h 53m I am not sure how I managed it, but I got out of bed and on the bike in time to make the Eagles Saturday morning ride. My work week … Continue reading

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The Kindness of Others

Today, I left work feeling giddy that the weekend was starting. Unlike the previous four days, I did not have to teach in the afternoon and I was leaving long before a number of colleagues. My giddiness turned to a … Continue reading

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