Paw in Mouth

I had just finished my second year of teaching. A colleague agreed to do some welding for me. I drove to his place one summer morning and carried the materials into his garage. Shorty after I arrived, a Newfoundland dog came over to me. He was friendly enough. I didn’t have to bend over to… Continue reading Paw in Mouth

The Rat Trap

My first teaching job was in Newfoundland. My home was in a small town. It was an active and fun place to live. The town included a movie theatre; actually, it was a garage. An older couple ran B listed movies, or older popular ones, on weekends. The local students referred to the establishment as… Continue reading The Rat Trap

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

A Bird in the Hand

Simon was one of several Chinese students I taught at a private school thirty years ago. We became very close. He once referred to me as his Canadian dad. Although I was his chemistry teacher, he taught me many things. One afternoon he showed me how to make two origami figures, one of which was… Continue reading A Bird in the Hand

Naval Reserve – Water Conservation II

In my last post I explained the need to conserve water when sailing on a small craft for an extended period of time. The following story is actually from my next older brother. Like me, he was in the ROUTP and trained to become a navigator. It was the summer of 1970 and he was… Continue reading Naval Reserve – Water Conservation II

Pardon me Pontiff

As I was completing my BEd degree at St. Thomas University (STU), my fiance and I agreed that we would accept the first teaching position offered. As it turned out, that offer came from Newfoundland, but there was a problem. In order to be certified in Newfoundland it was necessary to have two English credits.… Continue reading Pardon me Pontiff