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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



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Can Andrew do home alone?

The Jacksons from the November 8, 2018 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Andrew Jackson closed his book, laid it on the bedside table and rubbed his eyes. He turned and peered over the top of his reading glasses at his wife, Rose, who was ensconced under the covers next to him, her laptop resting on her knees. Andrew watched her for a moment before he spoke. “What’s […] Read more


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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