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Starting the day with a hearty (breakfast) conversation

The Jacksons from the March 23, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Randy Jackson leaned over to look out of the café window, setting his coffee down as he did so. His wife Jackie looked at him questioningly from across the table. “There they come,” said Randy. “I hope they’re wearing their high rubber boots because some of those sidewalk puddles are deep.” “You don’t want to […] Read more


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The foundation for a good marriage

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

You need more coffee?” Andrew Jackson stood at the kitchen counter, the coffee pot in his right hand, and a freshly filled mug in his left. He paused, waiting for an answer. “I’m good!” Rose’s voice floated in from the sunroom across the hall. Andrew slid the coffee pot back onto the warm element of […] Read more



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Winnipeg restaurants on ice

The Jacksons from the February 23, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

If you had asked me a week ago,” the stranger was saying as Andrew Jackson pulled up a chair and seated himself at his usual table in the café, “I would have told you flat out that the worst possible place in the City of Winnipeg to put a restaurant would be the middle of […] Read more


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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