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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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Date: 2005-08-25 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] die7fox.livejournal.com
Hey! Welcome back.

Date: 2005-08-26 12:03 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hey Paul,
Good to hear you're doing alright. Somehow the world just doesn't seem right with you not teaching English in it.
The livejournal idea sounds cool but I agree that access to computers would probably need to be offered during class because not *everyone* has denpendable internet service or even service at all.
Don't let that dissuade you though I'm sure you'll figure out a way around it.

Mary Ann

Date: 2005-08-27 02:48 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
nice to hear from you too. Did you receive the email I sent you earlier?

Mary Ann
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Date: 2005-08-26 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] basementtroll.livejournal.com
If you decide to do Shakespeare, I recommend Merchant of Venice. No offense to Raneem, but she did King Lear with us and I didn't like it at all. I have seen several of his other plays and the only one I have really enjoyed is MoV. I even willingly read it.

Date: 2005-08-26 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] me-good-i-hope.livejournal.com
Where were you when we needed you?

Date: 2005-08-26 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] me-good-i-hope.livejournal.com
But Paul, you can't spell...

I REMEMBER GRADE 10 DRAMA and grade 11 philosophy.

Date: 2005-08-26 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raneem.livejournal.com
Hi Paul, I'm glad you posted again. I went to school on Friday and was hoping you'd be there. Someone asked me last week what I was most looking forward to about school and I counted seeing you among the things I'm excited about.

Speaking of Shakespeare (as Harry was) Vanessa is taking a course at Oxford in Shakespeare and really enjoying it...so not all my former students claim not to have enjoyed Shakespeare. Vanessa often asks me to say hi to you, by the way.
See you soon.

Date: 2005-08-26 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raneem.livejournal.com
I did Life of Pi with my grade 11s last year and many of them LOVED it (as do I). We have at least 50 copies so it's a good bet. I was thinking of doing it with the grade 10s but I'm not bound to the idea so if you want it, it's yours. I did Brave New World and 1984 as well. I'm still totally at a loss about what to use with the 10s. Maybe we can discuss this if we're both there on the same day any time next week. I was thinking of going on Wednesday or Thursday too.

Date: 2005-08-28 10:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] basementtroll.livejournal.com
I've got a school-related question (from my sister, not me).

In June, someone (not sure if it was office staff or teachers) was on work-to-rule. This prevented us from getting us from getting good copies of our report card mailed to us. We only recieved transcripts.

Is this labour situation still continuing? I ask because usually we get a letter saying what time to be there on the first day.

Date: 2005-08-30 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] me-good-i-hope.livejournal.com
Yeah, and when are we getting our diplomas/ report cards?

It would be nice to have proof saying we finished high school. Also, if we have to go pick it up, I'm going to have to wait until May to do that.

Date: 2005-08-30 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ink-ling.livejournal.com
It's so good to hear from you, Paul, hear you are doing ok. I have been thinking about you.

Beginning again

Date: 2005-08-31 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobalone.livejournal.com
How different the tone of this blog once "school" takes over. Oh, dear Paul; I so completely endorse your idea of ending this journal and beginning a new one. Let your wonderful chronicle of Parisian life remain unsullied by entries documenting the practicalities of Toronto routine, no matter how heartily you embrace it. Your life in Paris was the stuff of (your) dreams. Thank you for sharing it with us here. It IS, as ink-ling says, so good to see you writing again; but let us also remember how good it was, before you left Paris behind.
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