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Wasting Away in Geezerville

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Issue: 2017-03-22, Photo: Wikipedia

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 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, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-02-22, Photo: Pixabay

The child's heart that beats in my aging breast is breaking. They're shutting down the circus. After 146 years (exactly twice my life span so far), the iconic Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is turning off the lights, packing up the Big... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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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: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Pixabay Photo

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States of America. The wealthy and patrician New Yorker, whose New Deal policies helped pull the U.S. out of the Great Depression and laid the foundation for much of its existing... more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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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: 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: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: wikimediacommons.com

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 12:00 AM Humour

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

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2016-10-19

Ever since the advent of the internet, pundits of all description have been predicting the demise of print journalism. Traditional newspapers and magazines, once so prolific and influential in Canada and elsewhere, are undergoing seismic change... more

Oct 19, 2016 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2016-10-06, PHOTO: by Ken Bolton

The smugness attack hit a few weeks back, while my wife was visiting an out-of-town friend. Perhaps it was boredom, or the way the pre-autumn sun slanted down on a Saturday morning. Perhaps it having spotted a binful of perfect pickling cukes, ... more

Oct 6, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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