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A sledgehammer solution for computer repair

The Jacksons from the October 25, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Who wants to go to the hardware store with me? I need to buy a sledgehammer.” Andrew Jackson stood in the doorway of the sunroom, a scowl darkening his face. His wife, Rose, and daughter Jennifer looked up from their respective chairs. “Why do you need a sledgehammer?” asked Jennifer. “I have to reprogram my […] Read more


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Andrew Jackson, ‘the usual’

The Jacksons from the October 11, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Andrew Jackson pulled on his worn and weathered cowboy boots, grabbed a random hat from the shelf, zipped up his fall jacket and opened the front door to go out. He turned at the last moment and yelled back into the house. “If anyone needs me I’ll be at the café!” Rose’s voice called back […] Read more



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Old-tyme weather predicting? There’s an app for that

The Jacksons from the September 27, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

OK, I have to admit, the weather is weirder than usual this year.” Andrew Jackson leaned back in his chair at the end of the table and took a sip of his coffee. “I can’t say I like it.” The rest of the family seated around the table considered this for a second. “What makes […] Read more


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Casting fish tales over time

The Jacksons from the September 13, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

I remember the last time I came here with your grandpa.” Andrew Jackson spoke as he slowly reeled his lure in, watching as it occasionally flashed in the sunlight just below the surface of the lake. Jennifer, sitting on the dock with her back to her father, swung her fishing rod over her head and […] Read more



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When the phone no longer rings

The Jacksons from the August 30, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

How do I look?” Jennifer Jackson stood in the middle of her parents’ living room and did a slow pirouette for her mother Rose, who was standing in the doorway holding a hairbrush in one hand and a towel in the other. “You look fine dear,” said Rose. “Not too happy?” asked Jennifer. “I don’t […] Read more


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The challenges of campsite swimming

The Jacksons from the August 16, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Lightning flashed across the night sky, illuminating the trees swaying wildly in the wind above the Jacksons’ campsite, and a moment later a crash of thunder pealed out amid the steady drum of heavy rain pouring down from the clouds onto the Jacksons’ nice new tent. Rose spoke into the darkness inside. “Well, this is […] Read more



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Getting ready to go camping

The Jacksons from the August 2, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

You bought what?!” Randy Jackson’s amused incredulity was clearly evident in the tone of his voice. His parents, Andrew and Rose sat comfortably in the Adirondack chairs on the lawn of the Jackson farmhouse, lemonade in hand, both wearing sunglasses against the blazing Sunday afternoon sun. “A tent,” said Andrew casually. “We bought a tent.” […] Read more


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Summer memories of keeping cool

The Jacksons from the July 19, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

The best thing about it,” Brady Jackson said as he set his beer down on the arm of the Adirondack chair in which he was seated in Andrew and Rose’s sunroom, next to his wife Amanda, “is that our walks with Rover are way shorter than usual. Yesterday when I took him out late in […] Read more



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Socks and sandals don’t mix, among other things…

The Jacksons from the July 5, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

So, as I predicted,” the youngish stranger sitting at Andrew Jackson’s table at the café was saying as Andrew seated himself with his freshly brewed cup of coffee, “when we landed in Winnipeg one of my suitcases was confiscated by customs. Just like I figured it would be. I had two cases and they were […] Read more


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Happy Father’s Day

The Jacksons from the June 21, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

My best memory of my father?” Andrew Jackson leaned back in his Adirondack chair, parked in its perpetual spot on the front lawn of the Jackson farm, and looked around at the assembled members of his family. The boys, Randy and Brady were there with their wives, Jackie and Amanda, Jennifer was there with her […] Read more