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

Interpreting Art

A friend and retired art teacher tells the following story. One day, while a student at an art and design school, he and a classmate decided to go outside for the morning break. It was a nice, warm day, and one of the sculpting classes were set up outside. The students were in various locations… Continue reading Interpreting Art

True North Strong and Cold

I recently spent 18 days in southern Spain. Daily highs were around 18°C. Evenings were a bit cooler. Keep in mind that in the summer, daily highs hit 40°C. One afternoon I entered a restaurant to make an evening reservation. I knew that the owner’s English skills were almost nonexistent, but I caught on to… Continue reading True North Strong and Cold

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Many years ago, when my eldest nephew was attending university as an engineering student, he called his father: “Dad, be sure to watch the 6 o’clock news. There’s will be a segment filmed here at the university. An opportunity presented itself and I seized the moment.” I forget what the controversy was, but I think… Continue reading Rock, Paper, Scissors

St. Peter

A few weeks ago I ran into a former student. I was in a local retail outlet. I taught him in 1991. He didn’t recognize. “Excuse me, it’s Jason, right? Gary Caines – I taught you at KVHS.” “Oh yeah, Mr Caines. I remember you. You made fun of my cross.” I immediately recalled the… Continue reading St. Peter