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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Leaf budding is taking its time because of this spring s chill. But slowly and surely new leaves are appearing, and soon those long views through a naked forest will be gone.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
The prime minister was right on cue. Out in front of the microphone and cameras, promising more gun control in the wake of the Nova Scotia massacres. He said the government had been on the verge of banning assault-style weapons but was interrupted by the
Thursday, May 7, 2020
We are still in a state of lockdown thanks to COVID-19 but it s warm and sunny outside. My guess is that most of us are going to take spring cleaning to a whole new level. What else is there for us to do? There are windows to clean, cars to wash, garages
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
It s at this time of year that we celebrate the prominent battles, victories and end of the Second World War in 1945. Last Thursday was the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Victory in Europe Day, ending the war against Nazi Germany. While we celebrate apart t
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
It was Jimmy Connors who gets credit for the use it or lose it quote. When it comes to stamina, both mental and physical, that statement is true. COVID-19 lockdown has changed so much for us. For people who are not on the frontlines there has generally
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Finding a laugh in these grim days of disease and isolation is as difficult as trying to light a candle in a snowstorm. I mean, even if a comedian thinks of something funny in the current situation, it s probably inappropriate to say it out loud.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
After the long winter illness, colour is returning to the cheeks of my bush lot. A red-breasted robin hops through the newly-exposed layer of dead leaves, looking for a grub, or anything else edible. Then there s the slow, silent orange flicker of the wi
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Shortages are a serious worry during this coronavirus pandemic. Many places report not having enough medical equipment, hospital capacity, or even masks, gloves and gowns for doctors and nurses as the number of infections soar.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
So many things to think about during this time of plague. So many people to be concerned, even anxious, about. The infirm. The older people with weakened immune systems. People now without work and stable incomes, the homeless on our streets, the homeles
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
I am not a fan of getting stuck in traffic. Specifically, the bumper-to-bumper type that has you inching forward at a rate slower than any sloth I ve seen on a YouTube video
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
The lyrics keep riffing through my head . . .
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Each time I pass the Leslie Frost Centre on Highway 35 just south of Dorset I hear ghosts of the past.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
There are a couple of simple rules to good nutrition. One is if your grandmother (or great grandmother) didn t use it in her cooking you shouldn t be eating it. The other rule is only ever eat ingredients that you can pronounce. Taking that a step further
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
The dragonfly is seen in many parts of the world as a symbol of adaptability and transformation. I see the dragonfly differently as I sit on my waterfront deck and watch squadrons of them zip, zoom and soar, capturing dozens of mosquitos, midges and othe
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Raccoons love me. Why wouldn t they? I give them bedtime snacks and a nice place to sleep.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
For the last 25 days I have been getting into and holding a squat position for one minute. I can understand if some of you are asking why I would want to do something like that. I do like challenges. I look at them as experiments. At first, it was an unco
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Thanks to COVID-19 many of us have improved our video chatting skills. I often have coffee dates with friends. I know of many people who have game nights, cocktail calls and even cooking wine tasting events. Thank goodness for technology during this isola
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
When I was growing up, any conflicts from inside or outside the home usually got resolved in Grandma s Room.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
here is more and more discussion happening around intermittent fasting. It s something I am curious about but up until now I didn t know much about it. I do know the basics.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
To the Editor, Five weeks ago I reached out to Mr. Jamie Schmale, our Member of Parliament, to express my concerns about the federal government and their apparent disregard for the political process. If you want to contact our MP you must fill out a pa
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Last week s column about what might happen to the former Leslie Frost Natural Resources Centre on Highway 35 just south of Dorset sparked some discussion, and some ideas.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
The biggest challenge for many people is remembering to exercise. Actually, the biggest challenge is wanting to exercise. Perhaps we ll take this one challenge at a time so we ll focus on the remembering part.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
It was a forlorn day in spite of the golden sunshine in a sapphire blue sky. At 32 degrees Celsius early last week it was too hot to do anything but sit, but certainly not outside.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
There are days when I want to be like Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and cut off my ear. It s the wind. It is getting stronger by the year and never seems to stop. Howling in my ears, like the famous mistral wind that helped drive van Gogh crazy while he
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Look deep inside the pandemic and you ll see other sicknesses. Not simply sicknesses, but full-blown epidemics. An epidemic of selfishness, plus an epidemic of misinformation.
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