Yukon Humour Stories

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    Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Heed the Lore When You’re on the Move

    Until very recently, I had never heard the expression “hitchhiker’s thumb”. Oh sure, there was that weird guy in Grade 9 named Pete Moss, who had double-jointed thumbs. He also had a habit of turning his eyelids inside-out, a truly gory sight that... more

    Sep 20, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Thoughts of Hitchhiking Sometimes Follow Strange Trails

    One of my favourite pastimes is exploring the origins and meanings of common English words and expressions. Our language is such a hodge-podge (dare one say “hotchpotch”?) of thefts, borrowings and adaptations from others, that an etymologist can... more

    Sep 13, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: Pixabay

    On Market Day, Everything Old is New Again

    The way some people talk, you’d think farmers’ markets were a recent invention by eco-conscious millennials spurred to action by reading a book about the 100-mile diet. Nothing could be further from the truth. more

    Aug 30, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Pixabay

    I Love the Smell of Perfume in the Morning

    Those of us who relish a good outdoor music festival – especially of the grassroots-and-granola variety – have learned to endure any number of indignities in the pursuit of someone else’s towering art. more

    Aug 16, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-09, PHOTO: Pixabay

    There’s No Escaping: Family Is as Family Does

    As family reunions go, the event I attended in Ontario’s Georgian Bay district on a recent weekend was a fairly small-scale affair. At its peak, a mere 24 people were in attendance. Officially, it wasn’t really a reunion, just a gathering in... more

    Aug 9, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-07-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Too Curious George

    He was a foundling on the streets of Edmonton – a golden cocker spaniel whose hair was so matted with burrs that much of it had to be shaved off. It was my 6-year-old daughter and two of her friends who brought him home, after he had attached... more

    Jul 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: Jonas Bergsten

    Every Dog Has Its Day, Apparently

    It was a strange encounter that still has my brain abuzz. I was walking home from the grocery store in my current city of residence southeast of Whitehorse. My route took me past the site where small men and large machines have been toiling for... more

    Jul 12, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-07-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Those Were the Days. They Still Are

    The emptying-out of Yukon’s schools signals the official start of that much-anticipated annual ritual: the Summer Holiday. We all know the narrative arc of that story. For the first little while, the kids are bursting to be outside every moment... more

    Jul 5, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Chipped and Faded, but a Transport of Delight

    Recently, I waxed nostalgic about my beloved first bicycle, a cherry-red Raleigh three-speed that went missing (temporarily, I still insist) on an August day in 1953. But another bike held just as big a place in my heart for the 19 years or so... more

    Jun 28, 2017

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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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