Getting Squirrelly


Ah, Spring!  The time of year when our thoughts turn away from mundane tasks such as shoveling snow while mummified to frolicking in public places wearing a Speedo and a smile.  From toques and scarves and long underwear to the carefree state of déshabillé. But one likes to be fit if exposing so much of […]

Postcards, Made and Found


Sending and receiving mail – real mail, not electronic gibberish – has long been one of the many pleasures in my life.  I reckon I post over two hundred pieces of mail each year, and while I receive only about one-tenth in return the main point of the exercise, for me, is entertaining myself…and maybe […]

Anti-Bullying Day

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  My Bully Story Wherein the Author, in Tender Youth, Learns a Rather Painful Lesson and Reflects on the Delicate Balance Between Being Bullied and Being a Bully Oneself   Once upon a time, in a junior high school situated in a sleepy little community on an enchanted island, there was a nice young man […]

Ode to the Pencil

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  I‘ve always preferred using a pencil to a pen simply because they are far superior in every way, and always have been. For instance, pencils were so revered in olden times that Shakespeare has his Hamlet soliloquize, “2B or not 2B…” in one of the most famous poems ever written.  It’s about hardness. Plus […]

My SumMer vacation, Grade 6

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MY SUMMER VACATION By Robbie Swanson Grade 6 Ms. Barnard   Flew in an aeroplane from Kamloops Bee Cee to Vancouver Bee Cee to Victoria Bee Cee.  Packed my fishing gear beer rum and cookies and went to Port Renfrew Bee Cee for one week of salmon fishing with pro guide Dave Hoban.  Stayed at […]

Patience Ain’t In It


C’MON ALREADY! Oh! Spring! Oh Spring! Please do your thing, It’s time for you to show. Come Spring! Come Spring! We’ve had our fling, With ice cream cold and snow. On Spring! On Spring! Stand up and sing, Don’t mumble in your porridge. Oh Spring! Dear Spring! I long to bring, My golf clubs out of storage.

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