An apple a day

Posted: March 3, 2017 at 8:58 am   /   Columnists

The time has come. I have avoided this topic like no other. A column isn’t really enough space, sometimes. So, for those of you who know me, and for those of you who would love to know me, you know I hardly ever speak about mental illness. Mental illness is like calculus: complex, hard to […]

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Sweet addition

Posted: February 24, 2017 at 9:08 am   /   Columnists

The Romans had two ways of increasing alcohol levels in wine. They would either harvest grapes after a late frost that concentrated the sugars—or they would reduce the water content by boiling the wine in lead vessels. (Well, yes, it created quite a health hazard, but the lead vessel, intriguingly, imparted a sweetness to the […]

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Cumulus behaviour

Posted: February 24, 2017 at 8:58 am   /   Columnists

It all starts with snowflakes. Tiny, harmless, bits of crystalline water, so delicate they will disappear on contact. When they drift down gracefully, it’s an enchanting sight. But as snowflakes begin to come down thicker, faster, they amass on the ground, forming a single entity that causes all sorts of havoc. In the cities, streets […]

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A proud Canadian

Posted: February 23, 2017 at 9:12 am   /   Columnists

Occasionally, I like to focus on a fine athletic achievement. If it so happens that a Canadian is involved, all the better. We have been accused of not being a terribly proud people. That may be true, but certainly not in this case. For many years, I have followed the golf exploits of Rod Spittle. […]

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Spring is sprunging

Posted: February 23, 2017 at 9:08 am   /   Columnists

The promise of spring is in the air today. The sunshine helps. The dry roads and sidewalks help. The milder temperatures help. Robins in trees definitely help. I remember, as a child, trudging off to school in late winter. At that time of the year, I would have been wrapped in a heavy woollen coat, […]

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Count your blessings

Posted: February 17, 2017 at 9:06 am   /   Columnists

Let’s talk about privilege. It’s a loaded word. One that, despite its meaning, has become pregnant with greater meanings, developed out of resentment and misunderstanding, like the word feminist. We’ll start by clearing the air. Privilege doesn’t mean you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. It doesn’t mean you have any wealth […]

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Posted: February 17, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Columnists

Wine and glass have shared a long and happy history together, with glasses coming in all shapes and sizes, to match the mood and the wine. Glassmaking began in Mesopotamia (modern- day Iraq), with the first objects most likely being glass beads. It was some time before the art of crafting glass into drinking or […]

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Crunch time

Posted: February 17, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Columnists

It is indeed crunch time for the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Men’s Basketball team. The Eagles began the season as a favourite to repeat as the defending conference tourney champion. With just a handful of games remaining before the playoffs begin, the Eagles will face some stiff opposition from teams that are a little desperate. […]

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Peace, love and cards

Posted: February 17, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   Columnists

On this snowy Sunday before Valentine’s Day, I am reminded of the Valentine’s Days of my childhood. Back to the time when, several days before Valentine’s Day, my mom plopped a couple of books of paper cards and envelopes on the kitchen table, sat all of us down with scissors and a bottle of Elmer’s […]

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Still in the press box

Posted: February 10, 2017 at 9:04 am   /   Columnists

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the dreadful tragedy suffered by the Columbus Cottonmouths hockey team. Their bus left the road on the way to Peoria, Illinois. Many of the players and staff members suffered serious injuries in the accident, including a former Duke, Rusty Hafner. Andy Bathgate, a former Belleville Bull, was […]

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