Computer Savvy

This story first takes place twenty-eight years ago. I was teaching grade eleven computer studies. At the time, the pass-mark was fifty percent. We were in the early days of semestering. Mark was a really nice student. He was respectful, cooperative and very friendly, but he wasn’t an academic. He was in grade 12 but ideally… Continue reading Computer Savvy

To Make a Wish

As a tour guide, I often take cruise ship passengers to St Martin’s, New Brunswick. On the way down, I tell them the story of the wishing rocks. These particular stones are quite plentiful on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. Basically, they are granite with a quartz vein running through. They are very… Continue reading To Make a Wish

Two Tired

Back in September I was serving as the tour guide for a group of grade 9 students from Rio de Janeiro. It was a class trip, and the students and their teachers were touring southern New Brunswick. On this particular day, we were in Fredericton and the group arranged for bicycle rentals through a recreation… Continue reading Two Tired

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

Official Bilingualism

New Brunswick is a bilingual province; in fact, we are the only officially bilingual province in Canada. We have been so for fifty years. The majority of our population is English speaking. About 32% is French. The majority of those who are French speaking live in the north of the province. Only about 2% of… Continue reading Official Bilingualism

The Jig is Up

I wasn’t very far into the first year of my career. I was teaching chemistry and physics in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. One day, one of my students was absent. Jokingly, I said to the class, “I hope he isn’t playing hookey.” One of my students asked, “Hookey? What do you mean by that?” “Hookey, you… Continue reading The Jig is Up

Cat’s Cradle

After three years of teaching in Newfoundland, we decided to return to New Brunswick. The moving company packed up most of our belongings. Both of our vehicles were filled to the rafters. My wife had the baby and the dogs. I had the cat. It was late in the day when I was driving through… Continue reading Cat’s Cradle