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Redneck Remedies, by Uncle Don Gessner

Redneck Remedies, by Uncle Don Gessner

“If onion juice is good enough for the monkeys, it’s good enough for me,” my Uncle Don said on a recent visit, smacking a palm on the table to emphasize the weight of his statement. He was outlining his plan of action for the next time he got sick. Apparently, he’d...

A Spring Chicken

A Spring Chicken

Spring is all about new life. Whether it be calves kicking up their heels in the pasture, or a litter of pink piglets pushing for position at the milk bar (otherwise known as mom) we see birth everywhere on the farm. One of the most exciting events is when baby chicks...

A Labour of Love

A Labour of Love

Cooking for someone is a labor of love. We’ve all heard this phrase, but I hadn’t given it much thought until today, when sadly, it flitted across my mind that I should make a yummy apple crumble for Dad’s supper. I love my father with all my heart. He passed away...

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,...

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