Cat’s Cradle

After three years of teaching in Newfoundland, we decided to return to New Brunswick. The moving company packed up most of our belongings. Both of our vehicles were filled to the rafters. My wife had the baby and the dogs. I had the cat. It was late in the day when I was driving through… Continue reading Cat’s Cradle

Grandfather Clause

My friend Dale is also a retired teacher. He has a few years on me but not too many. A few months back he underwent a surgical procedure. Immediately afterwards, he found it useful to use a cane when walking. One morning he was out for a short walk in a park when he passed… Continue reading Grandfather Clause

Useful Technology

I sing in a group. It’s true; in fact, everyone in this group sings. We perform acappella. Five years ago, our friend Andrea agreed to arrange a song for us. She later contacted me and mentioned that she needed to know the lowest note the basses could sing. I said that I would get back… Continue reading Useful Technology

A Bird in the Hand

Simon was one of several Chinese students I taught at a private school thirty years ago. We became very close. He once referred to me as his Canadian dad. Although I was his chemistry teacher, he taught me many things. One afternoon he showed me how to make two origami figures, one of which was… Continue reading A Bird in the Hand

Fake News?

Fake News? I scan the obituaries each day. I wouldn’t want to miss a funeral visitation for the parent of a childhood friend. In actual fact, what we read in the classified section of the paper are death notices. They are different from obituaries. Obituaries are written as news stories by newspaper staff. Death notices… Continue reading Fake News?

Fiddling Around

Recently, I had a conversation with a rather well-known fiddle player. He is a recording artist and former champion. For decades he has been celebrated throughout Canada and in the U.S. During our conversation I said, “You know, I finally figured out the difference between a violin and a fiddle.” “Well, actually, there is no… Continue reading Fiddling Around

Ahhhh, To Be Able To Fly

Recently I had the opportunity to spend time with some American tourists. Two of them were public school teachers. We shared some stories. One was from Florida. She told a story about being on a field trip with a group of young students. She noticed a girl in grade one staring up at some turkey… Continue reading Ahhhh, To Be Able To Fly