The Old Cookbook

It has been in the same place for almost twenty years above the steps leading up to my kitchen. A fixture of sorts, like a Rembrandt painting on the wall. Some would think it’s only an old green book in a well-worn state when they see it. Well, to many, it is only an old…

A beautiful Nightmare

I’ve had these dreams for a long time, since I was a kid. In my dreams, I see myself standing in a cold, dark wood, and I’m facing towards an old cabin. Suddenly, I hear some demonic voices coming from behind. When I turn around, I see something strange, like some shadow wearing a black…

When Dogs Roamed Free

There was a time when dogs were plentiful in the harbour. Back then, families that didn’t have a horse usually had one or two dogs which, when harnessed to a hand-slide, were useful for hauling water and firewood during the winter months. Gunners found them useful as well. While most gunners used a punt or…

Fraser family reunion

The Fraser family of Bishop’s Falls last appeared in the Downhome magazine in the March 2003 issue as a feature in a story about genealogy searches.  That reunion, in August 2002, took place in Mississauga ON where all eight siblings were able to attend.  Twenty years later, in August 2022 we had another, much larger…

Acting Like a Woman

My wife and I decided to attend a ‘smoke sale’ at Bowring Brothers on Water Street, St. John’s. When we arrived at the store there was a long line, mainly women, waiting for the doors to open. As soon as the doors opened, there was a rush forward to get into the store to reach…

O Holy Night

When I was teaching in a one-room school, grades 1 – 8, in northern BC, during December one year, for our Art class, I asked the students to draw their concept of the Nativity scene. Most of the older students did very well, but I was intrigued with the drawings of one grade 5 student….

Coconut Santa Claus

When my son was a young lad and at the age when he doubted if there really was a Santa Claus, I overheard him tell his sister on Christmas Eve, "Leanna, there is no such thing as a Santa, and I’m staying up to prove it." They went to bed at their usual time. After…

Fear of saying Congratulations

I had a great work friend, who turned into a solid friend. We didn’t see each other often as she was a married woman with several children and much responsibility; whereas I was young and single with little responsibility during that time. I ran into this special friend about a year after I’d last seen…

My brother in law threw his new laptop over his wharf

My brother in law was very nervous about using internet as it was brand new to him. He got a few pointers and decided to try it for himself. He was doing ok until a flashing message came up on the screen saying ‘you have made a fatal error and it’s irreversible’ …it was a…