My Old School – Part II

We continued on our tour and arrived at the library. It was the same space that served as the library when I was a student, but it seemed smaller. The first thing I noticed was the multitude of computers. There were also far fewer books. We walked to the far corner. “Colin, right here was… Continue reading My Old School – Part II

My Old School – Part I

Havelock School is set for demolition this summer. It’s hard to believe. I was a student there when it first opened. A final open-house was held last week. It had been 46 years since I last walked the halls. I felt the need to attend. When I first entered the building, Colin, an eight-year-old student,… Continue reading My Old School – Part I

What’s in a Name?

Back when I was in high school, a buddy of mine decided that he wanted to stop by a local tavern for a beer. I don’t think he was particularly thirsty for such a beverage, I think he just wanted to be able to say that he had been served. You see, he was eighteen… Continue reading What’s in a Name?

Say What?

Several years ago high school students from various schools were attending a post-secondary fair. A number of colleges and universities were represented, and attendees had the opportunity to talk to recruiters and gather information. At one point a grade 12 boy approached the recruiter from Halifax’s Dalhousie University. Student: “Excuse me, but what is a… Continue reading Say What?

A Dangerous Substance

The following is a warning I often gave to my chemistry students. “Class, in this week’s activity we are going to be using a substance that, if inhaled, could kill you. I am being completely serious. “Hundreds of Canadians die each year by inhaling this particular compound and I don’t want it to happen in… Continue reading A Dangerous Substance

Sink Your Teeth into This

Many years ago there was a Chief Petty Office in the navy who was concerned that one of his messmates might drink his beer while he was in the head (washroom). To ensure that that didn’t happen, he came up with a very unique solution. Before leaving the table he simply took out one of his… Continue reading Sink Your Teeth into This

Loud and Clear

My father was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. It is a Parkinson’s related disease that results from damage to nerve cells in the brain. It affects movement, control of walking, speech, swallowing, etc. It was tough for us to see his decline. It was particularly tough on him as his mind was good right up… Continue reading Loud and Clear