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

Hidden Pleasures

Not long ago I was chatting with a carpenter who specialized in renovations. I asked if he had any funny or interesting stories to tell. He thought for a few moments. “You’d be surprised how often I find porn magazines tucked up between floor joists in unfinished basements.” I told this story to a friend… Continue reading Hidden Pleasures

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

Credit Card Alert – Part II

… continued from last post Four minutes later my phone rang. I answered it. It was Tom. “Did you find your credit card?” “Yes, Tom, I did. I usually keep it in my jacket pocket, but I was curling last night and put it in my pants pocket when I went to the bar. It… Continue reading Credit Card Alert – Part II

Credit Card Alert – Part I

It was 8:15 AM. It was last month, one week before Christmas. My phone rang. It was a recorded message: “This is VISA Credit Card Services calling. At 5:00 AM this morning we noticed some unusual activity on your credit card. If you did not make a purchase using your VISA card at that time,… Continue reading Credit Card Alert – Part I