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
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
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? 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?
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
Recently, I was refereeing a high school rugby game. As the match was drawing to a close, the captain of one of the teams asked me how much time remained. I looked at my watch and simply held up two fingers. The captain chuckled and said, “Are you telling me we have 2 minutes left… Continue reading Roman Numerals II
After I called the RCMP, I decided I would let the minister of the church know that I had reported some names. It was noon hour when I exited the school and, lo and behold, I saw him standing in front of the church. There was a film crew from a regional television station set… Continue reading HE Did It, HE Did It! – Part II