Monthly Archives: September 2009

One more day…

O hushed October morning mild, Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild, Should waste them all. The crows above the forest call; Tomorrow they may form and go. O hushed October morning mild, Begin … Continue reading

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The season of the pumpkin

A college boyfriend (who shall forever remain nameless) had a band for a while and celebrated in due course the greatness that is October. Songs were written, ballads performed, festive gatherings held- all in celebration of the ubiquitous fabulousness of fall. … Continue reading

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Black and white and gray all over

If you haven’t been witness to the debacle that is my work environment lately, do catch up. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. Yesterday, I sat down around a conference table with my immediate boss and the Director of the program (her boss). … Continue reading

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Ahhh….academia

(Scene: between classes. Evenshine is pouring herself her second cup of coffee as classes let out and students change rooms. Enter, stage right, Adult English Grad Student- AEGS, who explodes from a room where she just finished teaching a grammar ESL lab, … Continue reading

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And the dog ate my homework

By FAR the best excuse for missing class I’ve seen so far in my professional career, received from a student in one of my grammar classes:     Yes, that’s Al Gaddafi. And on Eid-al Fitr! Think of the party! … Continue reading

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Dear Sir at Starbucks

The look in the Barista’s eyes at the customer behind me was almost too much for me. “Venti nonfat vanilla latte no whip extra foam 4 Equals 130 degrees with a splash stick.” Seriously, sir? So what you basically want, besides something as extremely … Continue reading

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It might just be that easy…

5-year-old: Mommy, I have found the perfect boy for me. Me: Already?? I mean- you have? 5-year-old: Yes. His name is Max. He sits in front of me. Me: And how do you know that he’s the one for you? … Continue reading

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