Category Archives: hard work

Saying No

For a positive blog such as this, it’s rather hard to explain that Today’s Perfect Moment is all about saying no. Not shouting it in a loud defiant voice, but merely asserting oneself. Here’s the background. I work.  I am … Continue reading

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Lament for the Weekend

Where did you go weekend?  I so clearly remember finishing work on Friday. I so clearly remember all the plans I had for the weekend.  There were things to clean.  There were things to organize.  I was finally going to … Continue reading

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It’s Elementary

  There’s a certain adrenaline rush when you’re in front of a new class. New teachers will be better acquainted with it than old ones.  They will probably mislabel it fear, but that isn’t a reason to distrust their descriptions.  … Continue reading

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My Friend Procrastination

Procrastination is a powerful thing. Why is it I would rather watch old YouTube videos than do something I have to do?  Why is it that I would rather think about what order I was going to eat the “leftover” … Continue reading

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You Really Want to be a Teacher?

The way they portray being a substitute teacher on TV and movies is either total anarchy that looks like a self contained riot, or the fateful connection that suddenly breaks through to those difficult but soulful students who were only … Continue reading

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Tennis Anyone?

Quite near my house, on my bus route in fact, there is an independent sports store which focuses on swimwear and tennis gear. Despite its specialization, or perhaps because of it, it has managed to survive the onslaught of bigger … Continue reading

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Rain Rain Go Away….

I had several different options for Today’s Perfect Moment. One of my students was kind enough to make some sort of chocolate truffle treat.  It provided a really nice pick me up in the morning.  Also one of my colleagues … Continue reading

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The Full Brunt of Karma, In This lifetime or the Next

I remember not being overly kind (read childishly cruel) to the substitute teachers in my life. Childishly cruel is probably better described as bratty or disdainful or angsty or some other word that explains the eye rolling and defiant attitude … Continue reading

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Epic Tour, Epic Rain, Epic Wind

The Epic Tour is over and I just thought I would try to sum up my thoughts on the whole endeavour. The Weather The Epic Tour had epic rain and epic wind. It also had a wet parking lot and … Continue reading

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