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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



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The most important thing when baking cookies

The Jacksons from the May 24, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

What should we do Grandma?” Allison Jackson looked up from her bowl of cereal. “Can I have some more orange juice?” she added. “What’s the magic word darling?” said Rose. “Abracadabra,” said Allison, eyes twinkling. “The other magic word,” said Rose. “Please?” said Allison. “That’s the one,” said Rose. She poured half a glass of […] Read more


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Is that the smell of barbecue in the air? It must be spring!

The Jacksons from the May 10, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

“Now that’s what I call a barbecue!” Randy Jackson gazed in awe at the gleaming stainless steel contraption taking centre stage on the backyard deck of his parents’ house. “You could roast a whole hog on that thing!” “I could indeed,” said Andrew, “if it was a small enough hog. Although truthfully, the rotisserie is […] Read more



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Lovely day for a walk and talk

The Jacksons from the April 26, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

It’s lovely outside. I think we should walk.” Rose Jackson stood on the sidewalk halfway between the front door and the truck parked in the driveway. Andrew stopped with his hand on the door handle of the truck and turned to look at his wife. “Seriously?” he said. “You want to spoil a beautiful sunny […] Read more


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Artfully dodging “the question”

The Jacksons from the April 12, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

This place is so interesting!” Jennifer Jackson looked around the little restaurant as she spoke. “It’s like somebody decorated it 70 years ago and then randomly changed a few things every 10 years or so.” She pointed at the corner behind her mother Rose, who was sitting across from her at the table. “Like, the […] Read more



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What does the goose say?

The Jacksons from the March 29, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Andrew Jackson stepped out of his pickup truck, slammed the door behind him and then paused for a moment to look around before heading into the shop. Banks of snow ringed the yard and lined the driveway, shrinking daily in the sunshine and zero temperature, but still several feet high. The cattle in the pasture […] Read more


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How about them Jets

The Jacksons from the March 15, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Andrew Jackson looked up from the newspaper he was reading and set his coffee cup down on the kitchen table beside his breakfast plate. Rose remained engrossed in the Scrabble game she was playing on her iPad. “How about those Jets.” Andrew leaned back in his chair. “What about ’em?” Rose didn’t look up. “They […] Read more



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Cats are the answer. Now what was the question?

The Jacksons from the March 1, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Here’s what I don’t understand,” Grant Toews was saying, as Andrew Jackson pulled a chair up to the window table at the café and sat down. Grant paused to greet Andrew with a nod, as did Bob Billings and Harold Schlamp, who were already seated at the table. “Good morning gentlemen,” said Andrew. “Don’t let […] Read more


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Suffering a man cold… and daytime TV

The Jacksons from the February 15, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Hello?” Rose Jackson turned her head slightly towards the phone lying on the kitchen counter next to the mixing bowl she was measuring flour and sugar into. “Oh, hi Mom!” Randy’s voice came through the speaker phone clearly. “What’s up?” Rose picked up a whisk and began to stir the contents of the bowl. “Dad […] Read more