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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Marmite.co.uk

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 12:00 AM Humour 2 Comments

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Issue: 2017-03-01, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

*EAT THIS RICE ALL MUDDY. WHY DON’T YOU THUCK OFF. THUCK YOU. DON’T THUCK AROUND. more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Old Crow

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Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Tess Casher

The student population studying for finals are fascinating creatures. Though exams are among their biggest predators, they pose no direct physical threat to the student organisms. Yet, in the most peculiar manner, the students act in the level of... more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Graphicstock

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: Paul Rath

The Christmas and New Year’s letter was a tradition in England that predated the first Christmas card in 1843, according to www.Smithsonian.com. With the expansion of the British postal system, Sir Henry Cole, who had many friends and... more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Christmas

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: wikimediacommons.com

With December well underway, I'm finally inured to the barrage of seasonal music that assails us whenever we set foot outdoors. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a total Grinch on the subject. In fact, there is a great canon of Christmas-related music... more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Christmas

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Issue: 2016-11-30, PHOTO: Ken Bolton

It was one of my former writing students who managed to shame me into signing up for NaNoWriMo this year. If you're not familiar with that acronym, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. The deal is, each participant undertakes to knock off a... more

Nov 30, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2016-10-19

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 12:00 AM Humour

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