Category Archives: gifts

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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Listening Gets You Free Stuff

A co-worker was lamenting the state of Christmas. It was not the commercial aspect that everyone seems to always grumble about (and do nothing about)  but rather the state of her own family Christmas and gift giving traditions. Unlike a … Continue reading

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A Place For My Thoughts

With every vacation, and this case looming vacation, I like to have a journal to record my thoughts and have a place to glue those things that we think will make good souvenirs into. I did this for my cycling … Continue reading

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Bohemian Rhapsody Birthday

It wasn’t the perfect birthday for my mother(no bingo, no siblings) but all her children were there and all of us were on our best (a far cry from perfect) behaviour.  Of course there were gifts and cake.  There were … Continue reading

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A Bouquet

I can’t recall the last time I saw someone taking flowers to someone. It probably isn’t rare, but I just never see it.  I know there is a flower shop or flower corner at the grocery store, but I have … Continue reading

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A Week Without Blogging Is What Happened

The five or six people who read this blog consistently might wonder what happened. A week without blogging is what happened.  This was, of course, entirely unintentional.  I had not meant to not blog for an entire week, but that … Continue reading

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When to Slap the Teacher

If I ever say I am jealous of the gifts some teachers receive, please slap me… hard. Not only is jealousy wrong, but I have nothing to be jealous of.  Lately, people have given me so many compliments and so … Continue reading

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When Students Give Gifts

I am not one of those teachers who are constantly showered with gifts.  However, every once in a while, I do get something special.  It makes me believe I am doing a good job. Thank you, my amazing student.  You … Continue reading

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A Taste of Japan

This isn’t the first time I have posted pictures of my favourite Japanese chocolate. Much like the other times I was fortunate to find myself in possession of these beauties, they were a gift from one of my students. I … Continue reading

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

One of those word-a-day calendars appeared in my stocking at Christmas.  This is today’s word. I appreciate the gift.  I like words.  I like to learn more words (mostly to trounce people on Words With Friends, or complete the crossword … Continue reading

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