Kids and Family
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...

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...

Trial and Error

Trial and Error

“Mrs. Toews, if I fill two of these one-fourths, will it make one-eighth?” The little girl squinted at me through a cloud of flour. Cooking class was in full swing, and today the kids were making cookies-in-a-mug. It was a bit tricky to keep an eye on everyone at...

Rumors

Rumors

This week I caught a rumor in the making at my school. Fortunately, I was able to intervene with the truth before it got out of hand and became something it wasn’t. It all started when I walked over to chat with a few junior high girls as they lounged near the school...

Compliance Is Key!

Compliance Is Key!

And so, the first few days of school have passed without casualty or disaster (you’ll notice I didn’t say without complaint). There are a plethora of rules to follow, in order to keep everyone safe, but school staff and kids have accepted them gladly since we’re all...

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