Author Archives: Maurice A. Barry

About Maurice A. Barry

Coordinator: Teaching and Learning Commons, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Parent & Husband. eLearning consultant/coordinator. Program Development Specialist - eLearning (Department of Education; Retired). Writer: over 40 Math/Physics texts/webs. Developer & Manager of web content. Geek. Not into awards but loves comments.


A rock, some wood, a few nails or rope and of course the fisher’s skillful hands. An anchor is formed—an ancient thing—known by those who, before us, worked the sea and lands. The fisher’s treasures solidly grounded; kept in place … Continue reading

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Gratitude, Found

I was asked today To name three things for which I am most grateful. On my list was that, as I age, I am more attuned to the beauty around me. Walking home today past a few old pines, a … Continue reading

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Resettlement: Fractured yet Whole

“Oh, poor old Red Island,” dad would intone in a voice heavy with regret. He’s been gone almost thirty-five years but I can see him now, hunched forward in the old wooden rocking chair, the same one his mother and … Continue reading

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Yesterday evening the snow began, gently falling, falling, falling all night long. At length I turned on the Christmas lights even though I’d not planned to do so until Friday. Sometimes you just go with what you see before you. … Continue reading

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Raking the Shaggin’ Leaves

Doesn’t seem that long ago the tree was strong and leaves were green. But with each day,  more bare spots appeared where leaves were once to be seen. Now in these short November days they’ve gone from green, to rust, … Continue reading

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And on it Goes…

All our moments are filled with richness; a wealth that can be constantly tapped into; a means for transformation. The senses, should we choose to acknowledge them, surround us with fragments from the current place and time in which we … Continue reading

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Respect for Richard Gillett

With all of the celebrations and hype leading to the 150th anniversary of the founding of that thing we call Canada pride in our fair country is at something of a high. Evidence of it is everywhere and if you … Continue reading

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The insistent ring tone broke through, put my sleep back on suspend. Josephine, there, with the phone to her ear hearing words I couldn’t comprehend. “I’m going down to the hospital,” she said, in a way that left no doubt. … Continue reading

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The Difference a Day Can Make

It’s funny what a day can mean. A good night’s rest can restore the sheen on a life that sometimes leaves you shaking your head in disbelief. I suppose it’s the stress we put on ourselves as we channel our … Continue reading

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A Lament for Lost Outport Libraries

Half the libraries to close—our rural places take another hit. I considered it all, just struck in disbelief. Just another in a slew of bad decisions and I’m torn; should I be angry or feel grief? First the financial disaster … Continue reading

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