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A ‘toast’ to spring at the local café

The Jacksons from the April 4, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Andrew Jackson pulled his pickup truck into the last empty parking spot in front of the café and turned off the engine. He took off his sunglasses and laid them carefully on the dashboard, then opened the door and stepped out onto the street. A grey Chevy Silverado sped by and honked twice, once in […] Read more


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A question of ethics and integrity

The Jacksons from the March 21, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

It’s been a really good winter. I can’t deny it.” Brady Jackson set his beer down on the arm of the chair in his parents’ sunroom as he spoke. His father Andrew raised his eyebrows from across the room. “Not a lot of people gonna agree with you on that,” said Andrew. “The consensus is […] Read more



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Tractors and T-Rex’s

The Jacksons from the March 7, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Hey Gramma!” Little Allison Jackson lay on her back on the floor, tangled locks framing her face and bright eyes beaming out from behind wisps of stray hair. Her younger brother Andy lay next to her in a similar position, holding a stuffed tyrannosaurus in one hand and a toy John Deere tractor in the […] Read more


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Sixty degrees of separation

The Jacksons from the February 21, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Thirty-six degrees,” said Grant Toews. “That’s what the temperature was every day for the last week. Pretty amazing.” He picked up his coffee cup and took a sip. “That’s the same as it was here,” said Andrew Jackson, who was finishing off a plate of bacon and eggs. “Big deal.” “Plus 36 though,” said Grant. […] Read more



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Current finances offer cold comfort

The Jacksons from the February 7, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Rose Jackson slammed the door behind her, stomped her feet on the welcome mat, then sank down onto the bench beside the door to pull her boots off and toss them onto the rubber mat on the floor of the closet. “This is ridiculous!” she called out. “Why are we not in Puerto Vallarta like […] Read more


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Annual meeting comes to order, sans snacks

The Jacksons from the January 24, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

I would like to call the annual meeting of Jackson Enterprises to order.” Andrew Jackson spoke from his chair at the end of the table. “That means sit down, Jennifer,” he added. “I’m just getting myself some coffee,” said Jennifer. “Otherwise I’ll just fall asleep.” “You know if you fall asleep we’ll vote you out […] Read more



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A toast to the New Year, same as the old year

The Jacksons from the January 10, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

“I think we should just be honest with ourselves.” Andrew Jackson set his beer down on the arm of his Adirondack chair and looked around at the people gathered in the sunroom of the Jackson house. Grant and Karen Toews sat across the room from him on the old loveseat, their backs to the windows […] Read more


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Post-Christmas gift discussions

The Jacksons from the December 20, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Sure smells good in the kitchen.” Andrew Jackson seated himself in the armchair next to the brightly decorated Christmas tree in the living room and cradled his coffee cup in his hands. “Smells good out here too,” said Rose. She sat up on the couch and pulled the comforter she had been napping under up […] Read more



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Christmas excitement builds… for the spa

The Jacksons from the December 6, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

“I am so proud of you sweetheart!” Rose Jackson set her coffee cup down on the dining room table across from her husband Andrew, who raised and peered at her over the top of the sports section he was reading. “And well you should be,” he said. “What for though?” “The Christmas lights,” said Rose. […] Read more


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Christmas gift ideas that grow on you

The Jacksons from the November 22, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Allison Jackson reached for a crayon, then paused and studied the colouring book on the table in front of her. “Have you ever seen a green snowman?” she asked. Rose looked up from her own book and shook her head. “No I have not,” she said. “Me too,” said Allison. “But we are about to.” […] Read more