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.

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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Second Snowstorm in April

Just last week after the last blizzard I dropped my car off at the shop figuring I’d seen the last of winter’s blast the guys gave my winter tires the swap. Now it’s not because I like the look of … Continue reading

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The Day the Dreams all Died

A few years back when oil flowed free we all bowed down on bended knee and gave thanks that “have not” was no more. But now that the oil’s so cheap there’s no thanksgiving; it’s time to weep and with … Continue reading

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Caller: this is Windows…

You know those guys who call on the land line and insist that they’re calling from “Windows – and that your computer has a virus?” These days I have a script right by the phone and I just read it … Continue reading

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And Then it Got Worse

The first strains of the story: the lone female firefighter and member of the municipal council in a nearby small town alleged a long history of discrimination against her. My first response: disbelief. In my defense, it’s a learned response, … Continue reading

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The Northern Coal Miner

For most of my life I’ve worked here at the mine, this dim miserable dusty old hole. From when I rise from my sleep, ‘til I’m ready to drop it’s all about digging the coal. “Can’t slow down, Boys,” the … Continue reading

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Christmas Songs: My Top Ten (Part 3 of 3)

Mummers’ Song by Simani Mummering is an age old tradition that came to our shores along with the European visitors who, for one reason or another, decided to stay. These days it’s only practiced occasionally and mainly in our rural … Continue reading

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