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Staying married, in spite of it all

The Jacksons from the November 2, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Good morning Dad.” Jennifer Jackson ran her fingers through her tousled hair, as she sat down in the chair across the sunroom from her father. Andrew folded up the section of newspaper he had been reading and let it fall to the floor beside his chair. “And good morning to you,” he responded. “How did […] Read more


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The lucky lives we lead

The Jacksons from the September 21, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Andrew Jackson dropped his newspaper to the floor beside his chair and sat for a moment staring out of the glass walls of the sunroom. Rain fell steadily outside and gusts of wind set the oak trees swaying in the backyard. A single yellowing leaf let go of its hold on a branch and was […] Read more



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The most interesting people at the beach

The Jacksons from the September 7, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Look Mom!” Little Allison Jackson pointed excitedly out across the water. The large bird she was pointing at glided silently through the air, so low above the water, that the black wingtip feathers almost skimmed the glassy smooth surface of the lake. “It’s a pemmican!” Allison’s mother, Jackie, laughed, as did her grandmother Rose who […] Read more


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An usher’s election stirs conversation

The Jacksons from the August 24, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Andrew Jackson ambled up the street in the direction of the café, his boot heels clicking lazily on the hard concrete sidewalk, his old Blue Bomber cap pulled down to shade his eyes from the hot Saturday morning sun. The thermometer outside the kitchen window had said it was 24° when he left the house […] Read more



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The longest day of the year comes, and goes

The Jacksons from the June 29, 2017 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Rose Jackson looked up from her section of the newspaper and turned her head to peer out of the kitchen window. “Well, what do you know,” she said. “It’s the longest day of the year. Already.” Andrew looked up from the sports section and followed his wife’s gaze. “Winter is coming,” he said. “No no […] Read more


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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