Sense of Humour

We have fewer human interactions than we did years ago. This is due to technologies such as ATM’s, self-serve check-outs, computer shopping, etc; however, we still have lots of opportunities to chat with strangers. For me anyway, it is always a pleasure to converse with a stranger who is willing to exercise his/her sense of… Continue reading Sense of Humour

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

It’s a Dog’s Life

Last month I spent nine days in Ireland. I was travelling with two old friends. We rented a car and traveled much of the island, including time in Belfast. It was a great trip. One afternoon we were enjoying a pint in Galway. We were seated in the patio area. A couple with a dog entered… Continue reading It’s a Dog’s Life

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

Europe # 3 – Volunteer Patient

During my trip I spent time at two different universities. I sat in on some presentations and was warmly received by my hosts. I also had the opportunity to act as a volunteer patient for a medical program. The session in which I participated was conducted in English. All I had to do was lie… Continue reading Europe # 3 – Volunteer Patient

Europe # 1 – Food

I recently returned from a trip to Europe. Time was spent in France, Belgium, Hungary and Austria. At every opportunity I opted for traditional meals. Why travel all that distance to eat food I could easily get at home? I was never disappointed. One of the items on my list was Hungarian goulash. Following my… Continue reading Europe # 1 – Food

Uncle Ralph

Uncle Ralph Today, November 11, is Remembrance Day in Canada. It’s the day we set aside each year to remember those in the armed forces who have died or were injured in the line of duty. My Uncle Ralph was one of my mother’s older brothers. He died in Italy on February 9, 1944 with… Continue reading Uncle Ralph