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    Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: George Maratos

    Debaters Bound

    On June 20, 2016, Jenny Hamilton sat in quiet awe trying to take it all in. Her stand up career was about to take a significant leap in front of a packed house at the Yukon Arts Centre. When it was her time to go, Hamilton focused and told herself... more

    Nov 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Three little words on the same little page

    Just for the heck of it, let’s take a look at three English words that, on the surface of things, appear to have a lot in common. Before we start, I want to mention once again my amazement that anyone can actually understand the English language... more

    Nov 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-10-18, PHOTO: foter.com

    Watching for things that go snap in the night

    The first week of September, the mice fled the fields and snuck indoors, as mice are wont to do. It happened in the quiet hours of one night. The day before, the kitchen drawers and cupboards were spotless. The next, they were festooned with... more

    Oct 18, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: William Warby - Flickr

    It seems we can’t always tell what comes first

    It’s the age-old debate about the chicken and the egg. Sometimes, we simply don’t know what is cause and what is effect. This is especially true when it comes to matters that touch on personal feeling. As a for-instance, do you love cream of... more

    Oct 4, 2017

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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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