Country Life
Snow Anyone?

Snow Anyone?

What a storm! One minute we’re pottering around outside, completing a few last jobs in preparation for winter, and the next we’re shoveling the car out from under a foot of snow. It’s remarkable how quickly weather can change here on the Prairies. Fortunately, my...

We’re Canadian Eh’

We’re Canadian Eh’

What do folks from other countries immediately assume when they hear the word “Canadian”? Perhaps they imagine an interesting combination of bacon, maple syrup, moose, poutine, beaver and striped Hudson’s Bay jackets. Or maybe they think of people who are fanatical...

I Go Out Walkin’, After Midnight…

I Go Out Walkin’, After Midnight…

Patsy Cline had the right idea when she crooned these words. If you choose an evening in summer when the sky is crystal clear, the moon rides high and the fractious breeze has soothed itself to sleep, the world becomes a magical place to ramble. And I’m not suggesting...

All in a Day’s Work

All in a Day’s Work

Gray clouds collected overhead as I bumped along the gravel road in Dad’s old grain truck last week. Ducking my head, I stared up at the darkening mass thoughtfully. “Wonder if these windshield wipers work?” I mused aloud. I’d been helping Dad by taking several loads...

Clear, Blue Spaces

Clear, Blue Spaces

What is it about water that draws us? Whether it’s a sparkling blue lake, a mossy, gurgling brook or a grassy pool of melted snow in spring, we’re captivated and calmed by its shimmering surface and often encouraged to wade into its cool depths. For years, studies...

A Country Wave

A Country Wave

During our present time of fear and uncertainty, this simple greeting could make all the difference in someone’s day. I refer, of course, to the silent salute shared between the occupants of two vehicles passing, like ships in the night, down a gravel road. (The only...

THE EXPLANATION OF

THE EXPLANATION OF

For me, prairie wool conjures up images of rolling, verdant grasslands and quiet herds of grazing bison on a warm and breezy afternoon. This is a historic and iconic image of the region in which I live, although it seems hard to believe when I gaze around the...

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