The good and the challenge

Posted: September 14, 2017 at 8:49 am   /   Columnists

The kids are back in school. One week down, and only the teachers can tell you how many weeks left until next summer’s break. The thing I remember about elementary school was figuring out who to avoid at recess, at the bus stop or in the hallway. Yep, even back in the olden days we […]

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Typewriter or lathe?

Posted: September 7, 2017 at 9:42 am   /   Columnists

When it comes right down to it, there are two types of people in this world—them that eats corn on the cob typewriter style, and them that eats it lathe style. Or, if you prefer, them that eats it across, and them that eats it around. Well, new research coming from Nebraska State University suggests […]

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The kids are back in town

Posted: September 7, 2017 at 9:39 am   /   Columnists

And then? Well, and then there are columns that just don’t want to be put on paper! Last week was a huge challenge of my ability to handle stress and a crush of emotions. Our oldest son, and his family, relocated to Ontario from British Columbia. In particular, they have chosen to live in Prince […]

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Girl power

Posted: September 1, 2017 at 9:36 am   /   Columnists

A few weeks ago, the viral web brought about a fresh discussion about women in the workplace. I recognize that is a conversation that has been ongoing for eons. Then controversies were stirred by a Google employee over a memo about women in tech jobs and an anecdote from a male worker about his outrage […]

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An avalanche of drivel

Posted: August 31, 2017 at 8:56 am   /   Columnists

Did you ever watch that 1996 Tom Hanks movie That Thing You Do!? It was about a high school rock band that became an overnight sensation. It featured some catchy songs, which sounded for all the world like the work of the Beatles. But as you analyzed it, you realized it wasn’t. Someone must have […]

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Late summer, namaste

Posted: August 31, 2017 at 8:54 am   /   Columnists

The summer, as we know it, is drawing to a close. Of course, Labour Day Weekend isn’t the end of the summer season but it’s the weekend the big winding-down happens. The back-to-school ads are on television and in the newspapers. This week, parents will warn kids about how normal bedtimes will soon be enforced. […]

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Posted: August 25, 2017 at 8:58 am   /   Columnists

It makes you pause, doesn’t it, when you see swastikas and pointed hoods on the news— today’s news—showing masses of people, fueled by hate and emboldened by a powerful world leader who is sympathetic or, at the very least, fails to properly condemn violent speech and action that is in response, ostensibly, to nothing more […]

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Take the radish

Posted: August 24, 2017 at 9:14 am   /   Columnists

I hope you don’t mind if I munch while I jot down these thoughts. You see, I’ve recently discovered all of the health benefits of radishes and now I have taken to keeping a plate of sliced ones next to my desk as they offer an amazing combination of fibre and potassium and vitamin C […]

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Dr. Max returns

Posted: August 24, 2017 at 9:06 am   /   Columnists

A few years ago, we introduced readers of this column to the work of Dr. Max Horscheit, the self-help guru who rose to prominence with his Five Things My Mother Could Tell Me About… series of books. At the time, he was plugging his latest book Five Things My Mother Could Tell Me About A […]

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Residential road campers

Posted: August 24, 2017 at 9:01 am   /   Columnists

So many topics. Only so many words. Columns in community newspapers shouldn’t take up too much space. Here it goes for this week, though. Last week I mentioned how fast The County is growing its tourism industry and, perhaps, we aren’t keeping up with the growth. I could be wrong about this but I don’t […]

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