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

Naval Reserve – Water Conservation II

In my last post I explained the need to conserve water when sailing on a small craft for an extended period of time. The following story is actually from my next older brother. Like me, he was in the ROUTP and trained to become a navigator. It was the summer of 1970 and he was… Continue reading Naval Reserve – Water Conservation II

Naval Reserve – Water Conservation I

During my career with the naval reserve, I spent a lot of time on small vessels. One of the drawbacks of training on a boat, as opposed to a ship, is that you have a limited amount of fresh water. It is not inexpensive to purchase water when visiting a port. One of our goals was… Continue reading Naval Reserve – Water Conservation 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

Now I Get It

There has been much attention given to those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For some time, we have been hearing accounts of soldiers returning home with this affliction, but, of late, we have come to realize that First-Responders are also at risk. It makes sense. Making a career of being the first to arrive… Continue reading Now I Get It