Bridges, not Barriers

Recently I attended an event with both current and retired teachers. At my table the conversation came around to storm days and the impact on education. At one point the youngest participant spoke. “What get’s me, is parents who take their child out of school to go on a family trip.” He obviously wasn’t impressed… Continue reading Bridges, not Barriers

Interpreting Art

A friend and retired art teacher tells the following story. One day, while a student at an art and design school, he and a classmate decided to go outside for the morning break. It was a nice, warm day, and one of the sculpting classes were set up outside. The students were in various locations… Continue reading Interpreting Art

Pinch and Spread

I was chatting with a retired couple, husband and wife, from the United States, both of whom were teachers. We were sharing insights. The topic come around to technology. She mentioned that she had been watching her 3-year-old granddaughter leafing through a catalogue. At one point the toddler placed her thumb and forefinger on the… Continue reading Pinch and Spread

What Grampies Do

Most weeks this past winter I built a miniature snowman for my grandchildren. I would place it in front of their living room window and would usually do so prior to leaving. They would watch from inside. Seven weeks ago, I realized that this opportunity would soon cease to be. There was very little snow… Continue reading What Grampies Do

Power of Prayer

My friend Al taught elementary school. He is also retired. We often share stories with each other. He told me about an incident that took place on his school’s playground one morning. A young girl had fallen and was lying on the ground and crying. In the vicinity  was a little kindergarten boy who came… Continue reading Power of Prayer

Measure Up

After I retired I continued to assist with set construction for the school plays. Actually, a number of us were retired teachers. I was the crew coordinator. One afternoon, another retiree showed up. He wasn’t a regular but thought he would give us a hand this particular day. I asked him to assist Mike, our… Continue reading Measure Up

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

Grandfather Clause

My friend Dale is also a retired teacher. He has a few years on me but not too many. A few months back he underwent a surgical procedure. Immediately afterwards, he found it useful to use a cane when walking. One morning he was out for a short walk in a park when he passed… Continue reading Grandfather Clause

Rock and a Hard Place

This past summer I started working as a tour guide for a local company. During the cruise ship season (August – October) I would often take groups to St Martins, NB, for five or six hour tours. I really enjoyed the outings and had the opportunity to meet and interact with many interesting people. What… Continue reading Rock and a Hard Place

Not Smelling of Roses

Not Smelling of Roses A few weeks back I met a couple from the U.S. Once the husband and wife learned that, like them, I too was a retired teacher, they had a number of questions about our education system. We also shared a few stories. She told me of the time when one of… Continue reading Not Smelling of Roses