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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Three brittle jeers break the blessed stillness of the woods. I am found out. I was enjoying the stillness, feeling totally alone and unnoticed. Observing, presumably without being observed. Now I am the centre of attention. It is a blue jay, of course
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
A whopping majority of we Canadians believe that climate change is real, despite the fact that we are not well educated about the topic.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
The best position in hockey surely is the centre. The centre player not only needs to be a fast skater, but a fast thinker capable of quickly grasping and assimilating the thinking of both left and right wingers. Hockey centres often are team leaders. A
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
There s news this week that an electric eel named Wattson is being used to help light up a Christmas tree at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.
Friday, December 20, 2019
Many Christmas Eves have passed since the one years ago when I heard the voice of an angel. It was a voice I can never forget; a voice that gave me the best Christmas present ever.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
When I was in Grade 7 my mother insisted that I took typing as one of my classes. It was definitely not in my top three choices. Neither was Latin but I took that too. I am so grateful that I learned how to type (no comment on the Latin). Like riding a bi
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
November is the saddest month. The second last month of the year carries a realization of growing old, reaching an end. Everything is dying or about to die and the crying starts, in the form of the November rains.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The acorns are the first alarm. Night breezes rustle the oaks, shaking their capped nuts from their branches. I hear them hitting the steel roof above my bedroom. My slippers crack and crunch them when I step onto the deck to check the morning weather.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The voting is done, but we still don t have the government, the prime minister or the opposition leaders that we need. That s not a politically partisan statement. It s simply a fact.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Reflections during a dismal post-election, pre-Halloween week: Presumably, and hopefully, blackface will not be part of Halloween costuming this year.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Movies set in times past sometimes reflect times present. I was thinking about that while re-watching the Hollywood classic Chinatown, starring Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
The new decade dawned with many of us hoping for change. Or, perhaps, for the way things used to be.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
My first glimpse of the bird has my mouth watering. It looks plump and juicy and I imagine it sitting in a roast pan, plucked and sprinkled with rosemary needles and a touch of garlic powder. A closer look tells me its plumpness is merely feathers puffed
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
I know that February is Heart Month. Given the business that I m in I feel every month should be heart month.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
The hit movie Parasite, winner of this year s best picture Oscar, may be fiction but it reflects what is happening in real life today.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
I can t think of a better person to put on future $5 bills than Terry Fox, the most inspirational Canadian of the last half century.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
The bad boy virus COVID-19 is on Canada s doorstep, trying to smash down the door. The betting is that it will break through and spread into communities across the country. It has infected people in more than 60 countries and is about to become a global
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
I struggled this year with what to give up during Lent.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
A Gallup poll taken just before Christmas found that people visit a library on average 10.5 times a year compared with only 5.3 times a year for movie theatres. After reading about and watching Sunday s annual Academy Awards show, I understand why.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
There s a bunch of confusing information around whether eggs are good or bad for our health. I love eggs. Scrambled, sunny side up, or in a sandwich. While I don t eat meat or poultry I do eat eggs almost daily. My favourite breakfast consists of red pepp
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
As if we didn t have enough worries about the environment, here s a new one: wild pigs.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
I recently had the opportunity to try jackfruit. It is the chicken alternative in a butter chicken dish. I haven t eaten chicken (or any other meat) for years. It sure tasted good to me. Like tofu, jackfruit tends to take on the taste of what it s seasone
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Amazing news! The Blackhawk is alive and skating. No, not Blackhawk as in the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. They appear to be dead for this season, drifting between fourth and fifth place in the league s western division. I m talking
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
The first week of February is a time of reflection for me. A time to remember a shocking yet inspiring tragedy that occurred on the North Atlantic a lifetime ago. The U.S. army troop ship Dorchester was steaming south of Greenland, carrying 900 soldiers
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
I am standing on the deck, drinking coffee and surveying the domain. Down at the lake one of the young folks is on the family-built rink, stick-handling a tennis ball while the three family dogs chase it.
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