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
During the sixteen years I did not attend that ceremony I would go to the outdoor service in the nearby town. In recent years I have noticed more and more people drinking Tim Horton’s coffee during the event. I suppose there’s nothing as comforting as sipping on a hot double-double during the reading of, In… Continue reading Remembrance Day – Part II
On the same day I was in the coffee shop, I had been listening to the radio. Much attention was being given to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. During one particular broadcast, one of the interviewees offered the following bit of trivia: “Did you know that Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was… Continue reading Politically Correct – PART II
I was in a coffee shop. At the counter was a 30’ish woman. There was also a 30’ish man who had just received his coffee. The woman’s order included several coffees and a number of food items. She was given a tray, but it wasn’t large enough to accommodate all of her purchases. The fellow… Continue reading Politically Correct – PART I
I recently attended the funeral of a childhood friend. While it was a celebration of his life, it was also a very solemn and sad affair. Shortly after the ceremony began, I noticed that the teenager in front of me had a Tim Horton’s hot chocolate. I know it was hot chocolate because HC was… Continue reading Enough is Enough – PART I
It was a weekday morning in 1978. I was in university and sleeping at my parents’ home. At 6:40 am, I awoke to the sound of the phone ringing. I could faintly hear my father’s voice after he answered it from his bedside table. At the time, my father was District Manager for the coast… Continue reading Thanks, Dad
How do you like your Coffee? I started drinking coffee in high school. The beverage and I have been constant companions since. In most of my schools I became the coffee-guy; you know, the person who first prepares the coffee in the morning and who hassles those who empty the pot but don’t refill it.… Continue reading How do you like your Coffee?
Earl Campbell is a member of my Masonic Lodge. When I was a youth I was a member of the Order of DeMolay (Building better citizens for tomorrow, today). Although Earl wasn’t an official adviser for my Chapter, he did serve as a mentor. His work ethic includes, Early in the day, early in the… Continue reading Turtle Coffee