I Crossed the Line

From 1983 – 1986 I taught in Newfoundland. As a result, I had to take a leave-of-absence from the Naval Reserve. During the winter of 85/86 I applied to return to the reserves. It was required to complete some paperwork and pass a physical exam, and all of this was arranged through the Armed Forces… Continue reading I Crossed the Line

To the Rescue

One day after school I was working in my classroom. All was quiet when I recognized a voice in the hallway. It was a colleague and I could tell that he was on a rant. I didn’t know who he was talking to but I was thankful it wasn’t me. After a few minutes I… Continue reading To the Rescue

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