Roman Numerals II

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

HE Did It, HE Did It! – Part 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

HE Did It! HE Did It! – Part I

On a Sunday morning, I learned that the church across from our school had been vandalized. One of the things the culprits did was to soak a rag in communion wine and suspend it above a lit candle. It appeared that they had attempted to burn down this historic church which was built in 1789.… Continue reading HE Did It! HE Did It! – Part I

Fifty-Fifty

Several years ago, my wife and I were attending a fund-raising event. Following the meal, a high school student came around with fifty-fifty tickets. He approached our table. “Fifty-Fifty tickets. One for two or five for three.” I spoke, “You meant, one for two or three for five, right?” “That’s right. That’s what I said.… Continue reading Fifty-Fifty

I Did Not Lie

It was my final year of teaching. The previous spring, some of my long-standing colleagues retired. I was now the oldest teacher on staff. It hadn’t seemed that long ago I started my career. Now here I was, a senior member of the old-guard. One morning in the staffroom, another teacher who was set to… Continue reading I Did Not Lie

Europe # 3 – Volunteer Patient

During my trip I spent time at two different universities. I sat in on some presentations and was warmly received by my hosts. I also had the opportunity to act as a volunteer patient for a medical program. The session in which I participated was conducted in English. All I had to do was lie… Continue reading Europe # 3 – Volunteer Patient

And Counting

As a young rugby player I was taught he importance of fitness. Back in those days, you only came off the field if you were injured, so it was necessary to be able to endure the 80 minutes of game play. I was also taught that if you weren’t fit enough to last the entire… Continue reading And Counting