Self-Isolation

Self-Isolation My fear is, these we will later refer to as the early days of self-isolation. It will be the arts that get us through this – not the oil industry, not the car manufacturers – the arts. I hope it is not the first forgotten when we get to the other side. For example:… Continue reading Self-Isolation

A Handy Solution

This took place many years ago in a rural high school that has since been torn down. I’m connected to the school custodian. One evening he noticed that someone had punched a hole in the wall at the bottom of a set of stairs. He repaired it and was able to match the paint. The… Continue reading A Handy Solution

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

Bridges, not Barriers

Recently I attended an event with both current and retired teachers. At my table the conversation came around to storm days and the impact on education. At one point the youngest participant spoke. “What get’s me, is parents who take their child out of school to go on a family trip.” He obviously wasn’t impressed… Continue reading Bridges, not Barriers

Raise Your Right Hand

Joe Thompson (ref: post October 21, 2015), one of the most loved and respected supervisors at the District Office, was visiting our school. I chatted with him between classes and invited him to stop by my classroom. He said that he would do so after his meeting. My next class was Chemistry 11. I told… Continue reading Raise Your Right Hand