Aug. 25th, 2005

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Gosh, it's been a long time since I wrote in my livejournal.  For those who have expressed concern about my well being, I thank you.  I'm doing okay, apart from the occasional searing flash of anquish that darts in at unexpected moments and then darts away again before I can finally weep.  Although I have cried a little, I know that it hasn't bee the great cathartic wailing-fest that needs to come along.  I am confident that my Bob will be there when it happens, as he always has been for the last couple of decades.  It won't be pretty, but it will be salutary. 

As for whether I will continue to post here, now that my year off is over, I think that I will probably stop writing as "paulonleave" and start a new journal with a new user-name, one that better reflects my current situation.  [By the way, I have signed and returned my contract for another "Four over five" leave, so that means I only have to work for four solid years before I get another year off.]  If I do start a new journal, I will post my new user name here and invite anyone who is on my Paulonleave friends list to migrate to the new journal.  I have really enjoyed blogging for the past year, and getting to "know" some people virtually, and I think it would be rewarding to continue.

This year at school I'll be teaching three English classes -- two Grade 11s and one Grade 12.  It has been a few years since I taught English, and I'm excited about it, although I'm very disappointed that my school isn't offering Philosophy this year.  I mention it here because I am thinking about making all of my students start Livejournals as part of the course assignment.  If  I do, of course, I'll have to make a separate "school" journal to link with the students'.  I welcome any thoughts anyone might have about this.  [Just bear in mind that the kids do have to write, and that writing journals is a pretty orthodox assignment, so it would only be the livejournal element, and the attendant inter-active possibilities, that would be experimental.]

Bob and I just got back from seeing four shows at the Shaw Festival, and as usual, the quality was excellent.  I can recommend Gypsy, Happy End and The Autumn Garden.  We also so the "new" Ann-Marie Macdonald play, Belle Moral.  If you saw the earlier version from circa 1993, called The Arab's Mouth at the Factory, you will recognize, and perhaps be disappointed by, Belle Moral.  But that's a longish story I won't go into now.

I guess this is sort of a miscellaneous odds and ends kind of posting.  I have a number of ideas for more unified pieces, but I haven't gotten to the point of writing them yet.


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