Daily Quotes

Throughout my career I would post a daily quote. It would be on the board for students to see when they arrived. As a principal, I would include one with the daily written notices. It was my oldest brother who inspired me to do this. When I first started teaching he gave me photocopies of… Continue reading Daily Quotes

A Simple Request

Recently, I had a conversation with Gerry. We first taught together thirty years ago. He has been retired for twenty-four years. He is doing well. I was reminded of a staff meeting we had in 1989. Gerry was getting close to retirement. During these meetings he would sit quietly and stare at the papers in… Continue reading A Simple Request

Performing Arts

I was in Ottawa during the April ice storm. I ended up being storm-stayed for a night. That evening I made my way to a local pub. There were few patrons and I chose to sit in a section that was empty. A hockey game was on the TV and I had a crossword puzzle.… Continue reading Performing Arts

Thanks, Dad

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

Tattoos

Growing up, I associated tattoos with sailors and bikers. Now they seem to be somewhat in fashion, and tattoo artistry had become quite the fad. Now if I can see a person’s tattoo then I think it is fair game to inquire; after all, if they are visible then the person wants them to be… Continue reading Tattoos

Sing Me a Song

My grandson was born twenty-eight months ago. Since his birth I have made a point of spending time with him every calendar week. When I first held him in my arms I welcomed him to the world and told him a number of things. I also sang him Raffi’s song, Willoughby Wallaby Woo: Willoughby Wallaby… Continue reading Sing Me a Song

Right Place – Wrong Space

Right Place – Wrong Space My first teaching job was in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. It was a school of 800 students, grades 10-12. I was teaching chemistry and physics. Exams were held in the gym and students were given 3 hours to complete them. Subjects were row specific, and a course like Chemistry 11 might… Continue reading Right Place – Wrong Space