Tuesday, December 20, 2016
A courier arrived at my door and handed me an envelope embossed with the Canadian coat of Arms. You know, the one with the scowling lion and a silly unicorn, each holding a flag.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Back in 2003, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) arrived in Toronto from China. Roughly 400 people got it, 43 died, Ontario declared a public health emergency and the rest of the country lived in fear waiting for it to spread.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
The hootin and hollerin over the passing of the old year has subsided as we move along, trying to make this one better than the last.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Few things hurt more than making a mistake that costs money.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
You read it here first!
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
There are none so blind as those that cannot see.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
My daughter s steep-sided backyard in California has a strangely shaped tree. It grows out of the hillside naturally but then bends, forms an arch, and follows the ground down the hill to the patio.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Red squirrels always have been, well, a bit squirrelly, but this fall they are completely crazy.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The torture of Adam Capay in Thunder Bay Jail says as much about how politicians are failing us as anything else happening in the world today.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Blue jays are such contradictory creatures. I m not thinking baseball s Blue Jays, who hit everything out of the park one day, but can t make contact with anything smaller than a 10-pin bowling ball the next.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Calm and reason appear to have returned to the isolated corners of America. At least they have in the corner that I am visiting
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
So, winter returns to normal this weekend. Sort of.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Canada is a country of great diversity, so it is odd that we might still want to single out anything as especially special in identifying our nationality.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Is Art elitist ? Art is a reflection of society. There is little else that could be more about humanity. Why is it, then, that some people think it is not for them but only for the upper society, those elitists ?
Thursday, March 16, 2017
I recently had the opportunity to attend a talk by André Alexis, author of the Giller Prize winning Fifteen Dogs.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I woke this morning with a head like a fermenting pumpkin, ready to explode.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote recently that the Republican party, now governing the U.S., is not ready to govern.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
I can t delay any longer. It is April and it has to get done, so I ll just have to screw up my nerve and get on with it the hated spring crawl.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Richard Wagamese completed his life journey last week, leaving behind the only thing any of us leave: his story.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
There is good news and not-so-good news about the weather for Haliburton County over the next three months.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
A dark and heavy despondency had fallen over the forest. The creatures who worked and lived there brooded over their declining state of affairs.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The number of Canadians who say they read books is continuing to drop. That s not good news because reading books is known to make us better informed citizens while increasing our understanding of others.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
News of a death does not always bring only dark sadness. Sometimes it brings illumination. That was the case last week when we learned that Stuart McLean, an unpretentious Canadian icon, had passed away. He died at 68 of cancer.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
When you ve lived much of your life in snow country, grossly swelling snow banks are no big deal. Certainly nothing to worry about.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
A long-awaited walk in the spring woods is like stepping through a looking glass and entering a remarkably different world.
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