I shop; I speak in public

Posted: May 25, 2017 at 8:51 am   /   Columnists

Like many other Wellington residents, I took in the Wellington Farmers’ Market last weekend. The market has grown vibrant over the past five years from the few rather desolate stalls it started with. Locals like it because it’s a good place to meet and catch up on all the gossip; and besides, it’s fun to […]

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Pig on the loose

Posted: May 19, 2017 at 10:39 am   /   Columnists

I’m not a social media follower for my own reasons but from time-to-time someone will forward me something that not only sparks a curiosity but reaffirms the split-second dialogue among strangers that the medium delivers. Take this one for example: Saturday 9:12 a.m. A photo is posted of a pig hightailing it out behind a […]

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Circle of life

Posted: May 19, 2017 at 10:33 am   /   Columnists

The life span of a grapevine might be compared to a human: its first ten years full of vigour with unrepressed and misdirected growth, and then beginning to produce workable yields and quality in its teenage years. Once reaching its adult age of twenty years, grapes reach the summit of their quality and production. In […]

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The success of failure

Posted: May 19, 2017 at 10:23 am   /   Columnists

Failure is a big industry these days. Every week or two, we hear reports of some high tech executive saying he wants to hire people who have tried something and failed. And now, to put the icing on the cake, next month the “Museum of Failure” is going to open in Helsingborg, Sweden. Admission is […]

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Posted: May 19, 2017 at 10:21 am   /   Columnists

It’s springtime. The dandelions and the realtors’ signs have popped up all over the County. LOML and I live in an old house. A seriously old place. Most of what I consider quirky or charming or put-up-withable, another person would consider annoying and in need of upgrading. There are some folks who drool when they […]

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Posted: May 19, 2017 at 8:53 am   /   Columnists

I am what society often considers a woman of childbearing age. I am not, however, a mother. I never felt the draw to motherhood, the desire to have a tiny human of my own to care for. I appreciate the lovely things about babies: their soft skin, their huge eyes, their grasping fingers, the new […]

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2017 Royal Bank Cup

Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:42 am   /   Columnists

The Royal Bank Cup is in the midst of preliminary rounds at present in Cobourg, Ontario. As the host team, the Cobourg Cougars receive an automatic bye into the championship. There are five teams in the tourney, vying for the prize as the best junior hockey team in Canada (excluding the CHL teams). There are […]

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Old vines tale

Posted: May 12, 2017 at 9:10 am   /   Columnists

In April 2012, renowned wine columnist Beppi Crosariol wrote an insightful article on old grape vines. These items are like catnip to me: I can’t help but nose around in the origins of vines and their ability to provide wine and food. Almost 2,000 years ago, grapevines began to be planted on the leeward side […]

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Second fiddle bows out

Posted: May 12, 2017 at 9:07 am   /   Columnists

It’s hard to think of a job that is more taxing than that of Queen of the Realm. You always have to be on your best behaviour. You just don’t get much time to put your feet up and say “To heck with the world, I’m taking a for-me day.” But I suggest there is […]

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Hospice hiking

Posted: May 12, 2017 at 9:02 am   /   Columnists

One day you wake up and realize you’re the same age as your parents were when you thought they were old. Yep, it happens. It just happened to me. I distinctly remember sitting at my parents’ kitchen table, in Toronto, and thinking, “My parents are old. They’ve moved to this smaller house because they’re too […]

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