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A Father’s Day meeting on the front lawn

The Jacksons from the June 15, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

I’d like to call this meeting to order. Does everybody have a beer?” Randy Jackson looked around at the people gathered on the front lawn of the Jackson homestead. It was not a large crowd. Aside from Randy and his wife Jackie, there were only Brady, with his wife Amanda holding baby Michaela, and Jennifer […] Read more


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The good old days of bottled soda

The Jacksons from the June 1, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Rose Jackson pulled the brim of her hat down to shield her eyes from the bright morning sun. Out of the corner of her eye she saw the bright-orange flash of an oriole flitting from tree to tree in the neighbour’s yard as she walked by. Something glinted on the sidewalk by her feet and […] Read more



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Breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day

The Jacksons from the May 18, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Rose Jackson opened one eye then closed it again as a bright early-morning sunbeam angled in through the window. “Who opened the curtains?” she wondered to herself. She opened her eye again more slowly as she became aware of the pleasant aroma of coffee that seemed to be wafting in from outside. As things came […] Read more


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What Trump wants from Canada

The Jacksons from the May 4, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

The thing,” Grant Toews was saying, as Andrew Jackson sat down in his usual chair at the window table in the café and set his coffee cup down before reaching for the cream, “is that if Donald Trump wants Canadian softwood lumber, he can get Canadian softwood lumber. At any price he wants. He has […] Read more



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The Easter bunny pays the kids a visit

The Jacksons from the April 20, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Grandma! Look what I got!” Little Allison Jackson burst into the front door of Andrew and Rose’s house holding up a brightly coloured basket for her grandmother to see. Rose bent down to look. “Oh my goodness,” she exclaimed. “What are those, my dear?” “Easter eggs!” said Allison excitedly. “The Easter bunny was in our […] Read more


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April Fools!

The Jacksons from the April 6, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Rose Jackson opened her eyes as the phone on the arm of her chair buzzed suddenly. She picked it up, but for a moment contemplated just letting it ring and resuming her nap. The warm spring sun shining through the sunroom windows was almost enough to make a human being purr. She turned the phone […] Read more



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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