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Calling all Mennonites, prepare the celebrations

The Jacksons from the June 13, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

“If anybody needs me I’ll be at the café!” Andrew Jackson opened the front door and stepped out onto the porch. He closed the door and stood for a moment, debating whether to take the truck or just walk the few blocks to the café. He glanced up at the sky which contained, for the […] Read more


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Making the case for a new lawnmower

The Jacksons from the May 30, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

“Here’s the thing.” Andrew Jackson leaned back in his chair and looked up at the leaves that were just beginning to bud on the oak trees in the backyard. “If I had a better lawn mower, then I would be more inclined to mow the lawn which would keep the yard looking neater and more […] Read more



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Breakfast on Mother’s Day

The Jacksons from the May 16, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Rose Jackson stirred in her sleep, dreaming of better days. Sunshine, a warm temperature, and the lush greenery that normally heralds a lovely Manitoba summer were all part of the dream, along with the aroma of baking cookies and the sound of happy grandchildren playing in the yard. Better days indeed. In reality the temperature […] Read more


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A most interesting conversation about hockey

The Jacksons from the May 2, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

“I can’t believe all four of the top teams in the NHL have been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.” Andrew Jackson put down the newspaper he was reading and picked up his coffee cup. Rose did not look up from the section of the paper she was reading. “Sometimes I wish I […] Read more



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The stupid things you read on the Internet

The Jacksons from the April 18, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Good morning.” Jennifer Jackson spoke as she appeared in the kitchen of the apartment she shared with her best friend Kendra. Kendra was already there sitting at the table reading something on her tablet and eating a toasted bagel. She looked up as Jennifer entered the room. “Good morning,” she said. “If it is a […] Read more


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A ‘toast’ to spring at the local café

The Jacksons from the April 4, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Andrew Jackson pulled his pickup truck into the last empty parking spot in front of the café and turned off the engine. He took off his sunglasses and laid them carefully on the dashboard, then opened the door and stepped out onto the street. A grey Chevy Silverado sped by and honked twice, once in […] Read more



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A question of ethics and integrity

The Jacksons from the March 21, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

It’s been a really good winter. I can’t deny it.” Brady Jackson set his beer down on the arm of the chair in his parents’ sunroom as he spoke. His father Andrew raised his eyebrows from across the room. “Not a lot of people gonna agree with you on that,” said Andrew. “The consensus is […] Read more


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Tractors and T-Rex’s

The Jacksons from the March 7, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Hey Gramma!” Little Allison Jackson lay on her back on the floor, tangled locks framing her face and bright eyes beaming out from behind wisps of stray hair. Her younger brother Andy lay next to her in a similar position, holding a stuffed tyrannosaurus in one hand and a toy John Deere tractor in the […] Read more



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Sixty degrees of separation

The Jacksons from the February 21, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Thirty-six degrees,” said Grant Toews. “That’s what the temperature was every day for the last week. Pretty amazing.” He picked up his coffee cup and took a sip. “That’s the same as it was here,” said Andrew Jackson, who was finishing off a plate of bacon and eggs. “Big deal.” “Plus 36 though,” said Grant. […] Read more


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Current finances offer cold comfort

The Jacksons from the February 7, 2019 issue of the Manitoba Co-operator

Rose Jackson slammed the door behind her, stomped her feet on the welcome mat, then sank down onto the bench beside the door to pull her boots off and toss them onto the rubber mat on the floor of the closet. “This is ridiculous!” she called out. “Why are we not in Puerto Vallarta like […] Read more