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Back in the Dark Ages

Back in the Dark Ages

Buying a new appliance is an important investment. Especially since there are so many choices these days. When I was a kid, back in the Dark Ages, we scrubbed clothes on a rock by the creek and stored our food in a subterranean pit—well, that’s a gross exaggeration,...

Missing In Action

Missing In Action

Foxtail billowed around my feet as I closed the metal gate once Dad drove through. He was checking the livestock, and though I should have been home writing, I’d gladly joined him. We crossed the field and came to a shuddering halt in some badger brush where the...

Compliance Is Key!

Compliance Is Key!

And so, the first few days of school have passed without casualty or disaster (you’ll notice I didn’t say without complaint). There are a plethora of rules to follow, in order to keep everyone safe, but school staff and kids have accepted them gladly since we’re all...

“WH” Questions

“WH” Questions

Language arts classes have begun again, in schools everywhere, and I’m glad of it. Of course, I’m not a student. I’m not gripping the wrong end of a pencil and staring into space as my teacher explains the elements of a narrative. I’m not doodling a picture of Super...

All Decked Out

All Decked Out

A chill is stealing through the poplars outside my window. It won’t be long before their leaves turn to shades of yellow and drop sadly to the ground. In truth, I suppose it’s me that’s sad they’re dropping, not the leaves. (I knew it was one of us.) Summer is quickly...

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...

Smoked Salmon?

Smoked Salmon?

Pictures thanks to Unsplash “I can’t be late for my first day back to work!” I agonized last week, dragging a jacket over my shoulders and grabbing shoes as I dashed through the kitchen. I ripped open the fridge door and scanned the contents. What to take for lunch?...

Care to Dance?

Care to Dance?

With school starting soon, it got me thinking about one of the usual curriculum requirements for kids that likely won't be happening this year; namely the dance component. Part of the goal in this module is to help kids see the benefit of other forms of fitness, teach...

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...

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