The Jig is Up

I wasn’t very far into the first year of my career. I was teaching chemistry and physics in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. One day, one of my students was absent. Jokingly, I said to the class, “I hope he isn’t playing hookey.” One of my students asked, “Hookey? What do you mean by that?” “Hookey, you… Continue reading The Jig is Up

The Rolling Stones

A former colleague was attending a conference in Toronto. Craig was within two years of retiring, and one of his wish-list items was to see a live Rolling Stones concert. The group was going to be in the city during the conference. Craig’s sister, who lived in London, Ontario, said that she would spend time… Continue reading The Rolling Stones

Beyond Measure

The teacher directing the high school play presented his set design to another colleague. His plans included a basketball net that was to be in a fixed position on the stage. The lead set builder asked the director to mark out exactly where he wanted the net positioned. The director did so by placing a… Continue reading Beyond Measure

Take me out to the Ballgame

I umpire Little League baseball. At the beginning of each match, and when I am behind the plate, I say to myself, For this game I am going to have everyone happy with each of my calls. By the third pitch I usually fail to attain that goal. Recently I was umping the bases for… Continue reading Take me out to the Ballgame

It’s a Dog’s Life

Last month I spent nine days in Ireland. I was travelling with two old friends. We rented a car and traveled much of the island, including time in Belfast. It was a great trip. One afternoon we were enjoying a pint in Galway. We were seated in the patio area. A couple with a dog entered… Continue reading It’s a Dog’s Life

Cat’s Cradle

After three years of teaching in Newfoundland, we decided to return to New Brunswick. The moving company packed up most of our belongings. Both of our vehicles were filled to the rafters. My wife had the baby and the dogs. I had the cat. It was late in the day when I was driving through… Continue reading Cat’s Cradle

Grandfather Clause

My friend Dale is also a retired teacher. He has a few years on me but not too many. A few months back he underwent a surgical procedure. Immediately afterwards, he found it useful to use a cane when walking. One morning he was out for a short walk in a park when he passed… Continue reading Grandfather Clause