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Burning Desire for FIRE
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I’m still knee-deep in corrections before the end of term. It seems that as soon as I mark a class’s essays or tests and hand them back to the kids, then another lot of essays gets written and handed in. It’s a never-ending task. I don’t mind the creative/personal reflective pieces so much, but I … Continue reading The small things. Plus a plea for your help! :) ...
Posted: Mar 20 2018 @ 5:29 AM
I took a break from marking end-of-term essays and saw this article posted on a Facebook group: Financially Secure People Eat Leftovers. I had to laugh. We already know this! Things will be quiet around here until I get my 5 classes worth of essays and grammar tests marked before the holidays come in two … Continue reading Frugal Friday: The media agrees with me about leftovers! ...
Posted: Mar 15 2018 @ 4:41 PM
A couple of weeks ago I was in the staff room, chatting with the people sitting in  ‘The Danger Zone.’ That’s the nickname we have for our little section of 8 desks – in a staff of over 150 it’s handy to have your section easily identifiable if you need someone to get something from … Continue reading Frugal Friday: Leftovers are the way to go. ...
Posted: Mar 08 2018 @ 4:38 PM
I’m a secondary teacher in the English and Theatre Studies departments, with classes in years 7, 8, 9 and 12.When people ask me what I do, I sometimes say that I work with the hormonally challenged in our society which, when you look at a class full of 15-year-olds, is a pretty accurate way of … Continue reading A small freedom in retirement that I hadn’t considered. ...
Posted: Mar 04 2018 @ 7:32 PM
I studied this in year 12 Lit, back in the day. How I loved this novel! It’s a short read, beautifully restrained and the quiet anguish of it all is never overblown or melodramatic. In 1949 it was turned into a movie called, “The Heiress’ and they did a terrific job. It’s worth hunting down … Continue reading Lessons from Literature 4: Washington Square. ...
Posted: Feb 27 2018 @ 2:32 PM
The title is a quote from this clip. This is so true. Our actions speak louder than our words. I particularly like what he says about following the plan, towards the end of the clip. Plus there’s the wonderful Scottish accent – what is it about UK accents'!' I’m an absolute sucker for them. This … Continue reading “If the plan is to have no money, you’re doing f***ing awesome ...
Posted: Feb 25 2018 @ 5:26 PM
The Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante are a series of 4 novels following the friendship between two girls in 1960’s – 70’s Naples. I’ve just finished the second novel and this passage stood out to me. This is when Elena visits Lila, her friend who married a wealthy (to them) shopkeeper when she was 16. … Continue reading Lessons from Literature 3: The Neapolitan Novels: The Story of a New Name. ...
Posted: Feb 19 2018 @ 5:28 PM


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