a vision or near enough

It’s that time of year. We look to the year ahead and back on what’s past and make unrealistic evaluations and promises to ourselves. I’m not keen on hard-line resolutions, because things seldom go as planned, but I’m thinking about my hopes for 2018. My vision, if you will. I have a January list, and […]

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On bagging teachers

I work as a relief teacher. At seven in the morning, or if I’m lucky, at eight in the evening, the night before, I get a call from a surprisingly calm sounding woman who coordinates the relief teachers at one of the high schools nearby, and she asks me if I’m available to teach, and […]

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reentre

Today is the first day of the new school year, here in France. They call this season the ‘reentre’ – pronounced like ‘entree’ – as in the first course of a meal – but with a soft throaty ‘r’ at the start. This is my favourite time of year – or it was back in […]

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a little like Dory

I could claim baby brain, but it goes back farther than that. I’m a bit of a Dory. I only hope I’m as entertaining. I just wish I were exaggerating more about how forgetful I am. I have a particularly short attention span at the moment. Sure, there’s often a child calling my attention away, […]

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A(i)m High

The motto of one of the high schools I went to was “I Aim High”. Naturally, the ‘i’ in aim had been erased from most of the signs… Expectations weren’t so high at Penrose High, in general, but I had a maths teacher who took three of us out of the crowd and set us […]

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