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Wasting Away in Geezerville

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-08-09, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-07-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-07-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

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 12:00 AM Humour

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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: 2017-05-17, 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: 2017-03-22, 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