Pardon me Pontiff

As I was completing my BEd degree at St. Thomas University (STU), my fiance and I agreed that we would accept the first teaching position offered. As it turned out, that offer came from Newfoundland, but there was a problem. In order to be certified in Newfoundland it was necessary to have two English credits.… Continue reading Pardon me Pontiff

I’m an ELF

It’s true, I’m an ELF. To be more specific, I am an Elementary Literacy Friend. ELF programming pairs trained community volunteers with grade 2 students who require additional time on task to master various literacy skills. Students are mentored for one hour, twice per week, for 10 weeks. I first became an ELF a year… Continue reading I’m an ELF


Ed was a custodian I worked with early in my career. We became good friends. Over the years he would often visit our home, and I was treated to many meals at his place. He was particularly fond of playing cards and enjoyed a game or two when my son and I would stop in… Continue reading Snack-time

Slob Night

When my children were young, they were encouraged to use proper etiquette when dining at the table. In addition to being taught how to place and use their utensils properly, instruction included how to use a napkin, how to pass and request items at the table and other relevant manners. If they didn’t learn this… Continue reading Slob Night


During the second half of my career I found that each spring I was experiencing a sort of depression. I would refer to it as my springtime funk. As the years passed it seemed to be getting worse; in fact, twice I even considered a career change, thinking it was related to work. I never… Continue reading Depression

Would You Like an Upgrade?

This is Post #200 – go figure. Tara A, thank you again for steering me in this direction. Writing these stories has been very therapeutic and has helped in the transition from teaching to retirement. ……………………………………………………………. Many years ago I taught a fellow in a grade 10 remedial math class. He was a nice guy but… Continue reading Would You Like an Upgrade?


Growing up, I associated tattoos with sailors and bikers. Now they seem to be somewhat in fashion, and tattoo artistry had become quite the fad. Now if I can see a person’s tattoo then I think it is fair game to inquire; after all, if they are visible then the person wants them to be… Continue reading Tattoos