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Staying in Canada for a holiday

The Jacksons from the February 9, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Andrew Jackson eased his pickup truck into his usual parking spot in front of the café and turned off the engine. A strong north wind blew the falling snow across the windshield where it immediately began to pile up around the wipers. “Ugh,” said Rose, who was in the passenger seat next to Andrew. “I […] Read more


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Debating the “new normal”

The Jacksons from the January 26, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Well, at least it’s dry in here.” Rose Jackson spoke from her chair in the Jackson house sunroom, looking out over a backyard covered in heavy greyish white snow. Rain fell steadily, a small stream of water trickling from the downspout visible at the corner of the the house. She gestured towards the window. “Nobody’s […] Read more



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Fun with parents and technology

The Jacksons from the January 12, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Jennifer Jackson rubbed the sleep out of her eyes as she padded in slipper-clad feet into the kitchen of the apartment she shared with her best friend Kendra. Kendra was already there in the kitchen, sitting at the 1950-era chrome table, a cup of coffee sitting in front of her on the shiny blue formica […] Read more


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The best Christmas present ever

The Jacksons from the December 22, 2016 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Hush little one, don’t you fuss now.” Rose Jackson spoke softly, her words and her attention directed to the tiny squirming bundle she held in her arms. The bundle issued a soft whimper, a tiny hiccup, and then was still. “She is so beautiful,” said Rose, still speaking softly so as not to disturb the […] Read more



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The one thing that will save – or destroy – the world

The Jacksons from the November 24, 2016 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

It’s an open question,” Harvey Brown was saying, as Andrew Jackson pulled up a chair and joined the three men already seated at the window table in the café, “whether it will save, or destroy, the world. But experts agree it will almost certainly do one or the other.” There was a moment of silence. […] Read more


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A happy announcement set to music

The Jacksons from the November 10, 2016 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

I love the smell of bacon in the morning.” Andrew Jackson appeared in the kitchen doorway and headed straight for the coffee maker. “You love the smell of bacon any time of day,” said Rose, who was standing at the stove with an egg in each hand and a hot frying pan ready in front […] Read more



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A Jackson family Thanksgiving

The Jacksons from the October 13, 2016 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Come in, come in! How’s my little sweethearts?” Rose Jackson met her two grandchildren, Allison and Andy, at the front door. A cold wind blew the door inwards, almost knocking little Andy off his feet. “Hi Grandma! Mommy’s bringing the potatoes! Can I have a cookie? Where’s Grandpa?” Allison’s questions came too fast to allow […] Read more


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Fixing the John Deere over coffee

The Jacksons from the September 29, 2016 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Andrew Jackson steered his pickup onto the driveway of the Jackson farm and drove slowly towards the farmyard. Looking out of the window to the left he saw the white blobs of the sheep in the first pasture, most of them grazing, some lying down. The guard donkeys moved among the sheep like grey shadows, […] Read more



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Good breakfasts and a roommate for life

The Jacksons from the September 15, 2016 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Jennifer Jackson opened her eyes, then closed them again as the early-morning sun beaming in through the window of her bedroom shone a little too brightly for her sleep-dilated pupils. After a few moments, she slowly opened them again, then took a minute to orient herself to her surroundings. From her bed, looking out of […] Read more


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Cats, rats and a son ‘comes out’

The Jacksons from the August 18, 2016 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

So as I was saying…” Roger Galbraith was in the middle of what appeared to be a long and detailed story as Andrew Jackson set his coffee cup down on the café table and seated himself next to Grant Toews and across from Bernie Brandt, who were well on the way to finishing their own […] Read more