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All You Need Is Love

All You Need Is Love

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schultz. Valentine’s Day is here. A day devoted to demonstrating our love with fancy cards, special meals, and the purchase of expensive gifts (as promoted by chain stores and the...

Good Grief — He’s Choking!

Good Grief — He’s Choking!

This week, the staff at our school took the Red Cross first-aid and CPR training course taught by my friend Kim Lines. She’s a dandy instructor and really knows her stuff. We all left the better for learning these life-saving techniques. They’re skills everyone should...

Sometimes It Pays to Be a Girl

Sometimes It Pays to Be a Girl

A wild wind howls through the trees outside my window tonight as I tap out this tale. We just went through quite a storm here on the prairies. Before dawn this morning, I rumbled out of the yard in my school bus, flipping on the windshield wipers to deal with a few...

A Constant Need of Improvement

A Constant Need of Improvement

As 2021 arrives, the entire world looks ahead with sincere hopes for better things to come. Amid it all, are we still worrying about New Year’s Resolutions? Roughly 45% of people make resolutions of one sort or another but only about 8% are successful in achieving...

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

The New Year is always a good time to talk about new beginnings and fresh starts. With that in mind, I've written a little story on the birth of a child, since there’s nothing that leaves us with brighter expectation and hope. This summer one of the teachers, at the...

Oh, Christmas Tree!

Oh, Christmas Tree!

I work in a small, country school. It’s a great place to be at Christmas, even one overshadowed by the ominous threat of a virus, because kids are always filled with anticipation, innocent wonder and the joy of the season. Pictures thanks to Unsplash The other day,...

Be Good For Goodness Sake!

Be Good For Goodness Sake!

There’s never been more emphasis on buying local and supporting small business as this Christmas, for obvious reasons. I’ve tried to do my part and found it a rewarding experience that I’ll repeat in coming years. It’s good for our community, the economy and for us...

A COVID Little Christmas

A COVID Little Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land, Hot water was running as people washed hands. Each facemask was hung on the top of a chair, With hopes it would dry in the warm evening air. “It’s Christmas,” folks chortled. “Yippee!” they declared. Yet...

Cheese Lovers Unite!

Cheese Lovers Unite!

What are your innermost thoughts on cheese? Like it? Love it? Can’t stand the stuff? Do you try all sorts: blue Stilton and Roquefort, soft Brie and Camembert, or hard Parmesan and Pecorino? Possibly you never stray from the familiarity of cheddar or mozzarella, or...

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