Credit Card Alert – Part II

… continued from last post Four minutes later my phone rang. I answered it. It was Tom. “Did you find your credit card?” “Yes, Tom, I did. I usually keep it in my jacket pocket, but I was curling last night and put it in my pants pocket when I went to the bar. It… Continue reading Credit Card Alert – Part II

Credit Card Alert – Part I

It was 8:15 AM. It was last month, one week before Christmas. My phone rang. It was a recorded message: “This is VISA Credit Card Services calling. At 5:00 AM this morning we noticed some unusual activity on your credit card. If you did not make a purchase using your VISA card at that time,… Continue reading Credit Card Alert – Part I

Question What’s Right

This was a common interaction I would have with my students early in the school year: Looking at a student’s work, “Why did you write a 2 by the chlorine?”, pointing to CuCl2. “It’s wrong?” “No, I didn’t say it was wrong. I’m simply asking why you chose to write a 2 there. Tell me… Continue reading Question What’s Right

Interpreting Art

A friend and retired art teacher tells the following story. One day, while a student at an art and design school, he and a classmate decided to go outside for the morning break. It was a nice, warm day, and one of the sculpting classes were set up outside. The students were in various locations… Continue reading Interpreting Art

Well Seasoned

Well Seasoned Last month I was helping out at the curling club during one of our registration nights. The oldest member of our club arrived to pay his dues. He’s 88. Regarding his age he said, “You know, I didn’t think I would make it this long. I suppose I am being optimistic paying for… Continue reading Well Seasoned

True North Strong and Cold

I recently spent 18 days in southern Spain. Daily highs were around 18°C. Evenings were a bit cooler. Keep in mind that in the summer, daily highs hit 40°C. One afternoon I entered a restaurant to make an evening reservation. I knew that the owner’s English skills were almost nonexistent, but I caught on to… Continue reading True North Strong and Cold

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Many years ago, when my eldest nephew was attending university as an engineering student, he called his father: “Dad, be sure to watch the 6 o’clock news. There’s will be a segment filmed here at the university. An opportunity presented itself and I seized the moment.” I forget what the controversy was, but I think… Continue reading Rock, Paper, Scissors