Taking Matters in Hand?

Growing up, my parents used many verbal expressions, several of which I still use today. For example, it was not uncommon for my father to say, “Boy, we’re finished shopping. Let’s bugger off and head home” or “That’s it for today. Let’s bugger off and get ready for supper.” Bugger off – it seemed like… Continue reading Taking Matters in Hand?

Improv

A good friend of mine is a professional actor in Toronto. We went to high school and university together, and we share a lot of stories. In addition to acting, he teaches a college course called Improv for Business. The course teaches improvisational skills, those same skills used by actors in live performances. While this… Continue reading Improv

Banaco

During the period Dec 1981- May 1982 I worked as a counsellor (guard) at a juvenile detention centre (Ref: Blog Post Dec 23, 2016 – The Tinsel’s Silver Glow). It was a six month, casual position after which I spent the summer with the naval reserve then returned to university to undertake my BEd. A… Continue reading Banaco

Matthew – Part II

I finished my teaching career at HHS. I taught Chemistry there for six years. Because MCS fed into HHS, for the first five years I had at least two former kindergarten students in each of my chemistry classes. Few teachers could claim such a connection with his/her students. During my sixth year, it was only… Continue reading Matthew – Part II

Matthew – Part I

Let me begin by saying that I have Matthew’s permission to share the following stories; in fact, I sought permission by communicating through his parents. I wanted their permission as well. I knew Matthew and his family before he started school. They continue to live not far from my home. He was one of the… Continue reading Matthew – Part I

Not Smelling of Roses

Not Smelling of Roses A few weeks back I met a couple from the U.S. Once the husband and wife learned that, like them, I too was a retired teacher, they had a number of questions about our education system. We also shared a few stories. She told me of the time when one of… Continue reading Not Smelling of Roses

Just Ticketyboo

When asked the question, How are you today?, how do you answer it? I suppose your response would vary depending on whether you were considering your metal, physical, spiritual or emotional state. Let’s face it, when asked the question, in most cases the person really doesn’t want you to answer it. It is simply a… Continue reading Just Ticketyboo