Author: Jack

English: obviate

Self-tutoring English: the tutor mentions a word he noticed. Obviate means to relieve from need or from peril. Finding your own pencil can obviate the requirement of borrowing one. As well, one can obviate holiday panic by starting their Christmas

Nature: three spruces

Self-tutoring about spruce on the East Coast: the tutor recalls…. Living in the Atlantic provinces as a kid, I encountered three spruces: white, black, and red. White and black spruce thrive below the tree line. They are hardy species that

English: Homonyms: syntax vs sin tax

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor notices another pair of homonyms… Calling syntax and sin tax homonyms might be a stretch, since sin tax is two words. People might hear them similarly, however. syntax: the rules of order and construction in

Yard work: morel mushroom

Self-tutoring about wild plants and fungi: the tutor mentions a find. Visiting the compost today, I noticed a shiny black thing with numerous odd-shaped lobes. Nearby, a second one presented. I bent down to examine one. I assumed it a

Sports: Wrestling

Self-tutoring about high school sports: the tutor opens a new chapter…. A few weeks ago, somewhat suddenly, my grade 12 son joined high school wrestling. It’s a sport I know little about, although, in grade 5 PE, I did do

Canadian identity: windshield scraping

Self-tutoring about Canadian identity: the tutor comments… My wife is from Northern Ontario, and arrived here possibly around age 8. I’m from the Maritimes, and arrived on the west coast at age 16. We both know winter. Recently I’ve shown

Bird watching: LPP Birds of Canada

Self-tutoring about birds: the tutor mentions a new-found resource. Amidst the bustle of summer, a copy of Lone Pine’s Birds of Canada appeared on a shelf here. I’ve noticed it a couple of times but haven’t had time to examine

Retrospect: the paths, case 0

Self-tutoring about childhood memories: the tutor shares…. I lived on a military base from ages six to ten, then moved off base to a farming village. On the base, everyone rented, so no yards were fenced: “private property” didn’t exist

School reflections: Larry

Self-tutoring about a smart man I met when we were both children. I met Larry when I became his project. I was new at the school, grade four, just at the start of spring. “We need to get you set

Lifestyle: “Only one month until Christmas….”

Self-tutoring about anticipation: the tutor reflects…. When I was a kid, looking forward to Christmas brought endless pleasure from about this time of year. The holiday lights, the store displays, colouring Christmas scenes, the specials on TV…it was wonderful. Married