Yukon Humour Stories

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    Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

    It was Red, and Shiny, and Wonderful

    Did I just miss skipping and hopscotch season? Marbles and jacks? No matter. For me, this is, and always will be, bicycle season. I don’t test my mettle on the pedals very much these days, but I confess to having a lifelong passion for bicycles... more

    Jun 14, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Fellow retirees: How engaged do you feel?

    I'm sitting in my skivvies, contemplating what pearls of wisdom to cram into a 400-word space. As I advise my writing students, when you feel stuck, start with a word. Any word. Today, that word is "engagement". In my days as a working journalist... more

    May 31, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-24, PHOTO: Graphic Stock

    Surviving the Great Whitehorse Earthquake of 2017

    Surprisingly it was not the earthquake that woke me up on the morning of Monday, May 1. It was the stunning one-two punch of the intense, standing-on-frozen-Lego agony of being barefoot on cold gravel, coupled with the mind blowing realization... more

    May 24, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Shake Out Those Memories and Shine ’em Up

    Until fairly recently, I had no interest whatever in the idea of writing a book of memoirs. Like most people, I assumed nobody would care to read about the life journey of a nobody-in-particular. After all, autobiography is the purview of... more

    May 17, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Ken Bolton

    Just Planting a Seed Here, Folks

    Somebody once said a gardener is just a philosopher with dirty hands and an aching back. Well, maybe nobody actually said that until I just did, but I believe it to be so. Of all life’s pursuits, few can match gardening when it comes to bringing... more

    May 10, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Is That Thing Called a Knick-knack, or Bric-a-brac?

    Recently, I was meandering through my trusty Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (shorter, as in not quite as gargantuan as the Encyclopaedia Britannica). This is a habit I acquired in my youth, but indulge less frequently these days, usually when... more

    Apr 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

    So, Is Our Planet Round, or Flat?

    Until a couple of years ago, there was a wonderfully entertaining fantasy writer by the name of Terry Pratchett. Perhaps there still is, somewhere on an alternate plane of reality, since Sir Terry Pratchett succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease in the... more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Was That an Update, or a Sign of the Apocalypse?

    It was a dark and stormy night a few weeks back. Dark enough and stormy enough that one might be forgiven for thinking the End Times were nigh. It began with little fanfare, when the evil OS known as Windows 10 (aka the pale rider of the digital... more

    Apr 12, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-22, Photo: Wikipedia

    She Told Him: ‘Julie, Don’t Go’

    We don’t know for certain that anyone ever warned Julius Caesar to watch his back on the Ides of March. We do know that the Greek historian, Plutarch, included a second-hand tale in his biography of Caesar about a seer warning the Roman leader to... more

    Mar 22, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Saving Time in the Grocery Line

    Consider Murphy, whoever he was. When anything goes wrong, people assume it's somehow his fault. Being a forgiving sort of guy, I try to give ol' Murph the benefit of the doubt. Still, there are some situations in which I am convinced his famous... more

    Mar 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO:

    Faint Praise for a Coarse Cultivar

    Three foods top my No Thanks list: schmaltz herring, Marmite and kale. My sole experience with schmaltz herring - basically, raw fish preserved in rancid chicken fat - was anything but a gustatory delight. I also tried Marmite once. I even sampled... more

    Mar 8, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Life hacks for the kids

    In previous columns in this space, I have offered various suggestions of ways to improve life for those who roam the earth on two legs, especially those of us who do so burdened by creeping senescence. more

    Mar 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Pixabay

    The opposable thumb was not actually a Canadian invention

    Ask any randomly-selected group to name mankind's greatest invention, most will probably say the wheel. Fire doesn't count; it was discovered, not invented. If you ask about the second most important invention, the answers will range widely: the... more

    Feb 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Alastair Maitland

    Giggle for a Good Cause

    Laugh it up, because Jan 26th and 27th Ride for Dad presents its fourth annual comedy show at Coast High Country Inn. Featuring local acts Steve McGovern and Jenny Hamilton and imports Scott Belford and Kelly Taylor, the evening will feature... more

    Jan 25, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Graphicstock

    My Resolve to Resist Resolutions Is Resolute

    With increased age comes increased wisdom. That's the theory, anyway. Naturally, those who are still young find this notion ridiculous. How could anyone be wiser than a 16-year-old? During my multiple revolutions around the Sun, I have acquired a... more

    Jan 11, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO:

    Farewell to a Gentle, Genuine Funnyman

    Once you reach a certain age and stage in life, it's no longer shocking to learn that some cherished celebrity from your youth has crossed the Great Divide. If a movie star or blues singer you've admired for years passes away in their 80s or 90s, ... more

    Nov 9, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: courtesy of Food Network

    Like the Man Said, Those Precious Days are Dwindling Down

    The great American lyricist Maxwell Anderson summed up the imperatives of this time of year better than anyone else: "Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December / But the days grow short when you reach September." more

    Nov 2, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-26, PHOTO: Meagan Deuling

    Yukon Visitors

    Everyone has a list of family and close friends that they feel the need to make an effort to visit every decade or so. If you’re like me and your entire extended family lives outside the Yukon, they may be making an extra effort to come and see... more

    Oct 26, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-19

    Celebratory Mad Libs

    Welcome to What's Up Yukon’s first mad libs. With winter on the horizon, it's time to renew our love of games, puzzles and fun things to do with friends and family. So, here's one to get the juices flowing. more

    Oct 19, 2016

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    Those Gregorians Should Have Done the Math

    Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, except for stupid February. Apparently, February didn't get the memo, or just doesn't care. Every four years (or, to be precise, whenever the year's number can be evenly... more

    Sep 22, 2016

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