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

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…

Sweet Red

My neighbour came over for a glass of wine. I drink white and she drinks red, so she brought her own glass over. When she finished I said, I think I have a bottle of red wine in the fridge. So I poured her a glass and she didn’t say anything but when I asked…

My friend, the ‘green’ gardener.

My friend’s husband, like me, is an avid gardener but he grows primarily root vegetables. He does not grow herbs, lettuces or spinach, and my friend especially likes spinach. She leaves the gardening to him as she does not like it she said, though I believe it is because she lacks confidence never having tried…

Father to be panics when baby comes early

My friend called the hospital when his wife went into early labor and when the doctor was on the line my friend told him that his wife was having the baby right now and he didn’t know what to do. The doctor said I will help you so listen carefully. First of all is this…

Cod Liver Oil

Each morning before going to school, my brothers and sisters and I were given a spoonful of cod liver oil. It made my stomach turn over. One morning, after taking the spoonful of oil, I ran to the closet under our stairs and spit it into my fathers’ old winter coat pocket. Not sure if…

Strawberry Time

When I was a child living in St. John’s in the 1940’s, I was with my father, a Salvation Army Officer, when he went one day in June to visit a patient at the Waterford Hospital. I was waiting in his car when a farmer came along with his horse and cart, which was filed…

My Most Embarrassing Moment

I remember the day so clearly. My youngest son was at school, my husband was at work, and my oldest son was on his way home for the weekend. I had the entire house to myself. While cleaning the downstairs, I put on the radio and when I started sweeping, the band AC-DC came on….