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Monday, 30 December 2013

On My Year 2013!

 
 
The end of 2013 finds me in especially good spirits! After 6 months of retirement from active teaching, I can unequivocally say that I love it! This is definitely the best decision I've made since I decided to get into teaching. Hmmmm. Does that make sense .... ? Yup! Does to me! Got in. Did my bit. Got out. And now?

It's great being at home, free to read, write on the computer, listen to my music or take naps as I please. The crisp autumn in Toronto was a treat far too long overlooked when I was busy with school. My leisurely drive through Northern Ontario to see the leaves change colour was highly delectable. I travel as I will, so far to London, Paris, and Cuba twice. Evenings, weekends + holidays with my wife Janet are totally dedicated to leisure.

There will be a lot else to do as I eventually get more adventurous in the year ahead. Meantime, I am never bored. Janet even has to remind me to come to bed at night. Best of all I'm never in a hurry any more. Nor at any body's beck and call! My advice? When you feel the time is right for you -retire! It's great! We earned it!

Then there's my blog. Not to mix business with pleasure, except that my business is my pleasure nowadays, I will comment on the state of the teacher unions in my New Years Day message, instead of here right now! Suffice to say I am honoured that as of December 29th this blogsite has had 295,000 reader visits. It feels great to find an obvious need and help fill it.

Once a teacher, always a teacher? Ha! I think it's in our blood, and a mind skill set of sorts ...... Well, enough for now!

Cheers/
Solidarity/
Thanks!

David Chiarelli

PS: Please continue to share my blogsite link in solidarity if you like it!

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