Global Response

Some say that extroverts rule the world. I’m not sure that’s true, but they certainly garner most of the attention. Not long ago I was in to donate blood. The nurse looking after me was new; at least, I hadn’t seen her before. I’m not sure how we got on the conversation but it had… Continue reading Global Response

A Fish Tale

Mike, Dan and I were classmates at UNB when we were doing our science degrees. Mike and Dan were roommates in residence. Mike had goldfish. I forget the circumstances (appendicitis perhaps?) but Mike had to be hospitalized for several days. Dan agreed to look after his fish. A group of fellows in the residence came… Continue reading A Fish Tale

Bridging the Gap

When I first started teaching there was a small group of teachers who were keen bridge players. They would play in the staff-room during lunch hour and would rush into the staff-room during the morning break to get in a few hands. One morning I entered the staff-room to get a coffee refill. “Caines, get… Continue reading Bridging the Gap

Hidden Pleasures

Not long ago I was chatting with a carpenter who specialized in renovations. I asked if he had any funny or interesting stories to tell. He thought for a few moments. “You’d be surprised how often I find porn magazines tucked up between floor joists in unfinished basements.” I told this story to a friend… Continue reading Hidden Pleasures