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    Issue: 2018-11-07, PHOTO: Pixabay

    It’s time for Mr. Green Jeans to hang it all up

    It’s official. Apart from a few hardy species that relish cold weather for some absurd reason, backyard garden 2018 has now been decommissioned. Several less-hardy species—tomatoes, peppers, et alia—clung valiantly to life in their wheeled, rodent... more

    Nov. 07, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-10-31, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

    I concur: contrition may be consolatory

    It’s confession time in Geezerville. I recently spent my allotted 450 words in this space musing about some of the beguiling delights to be found in the “be” section of the dictionary. more

    Oct. 31, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-10-17, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

    Let be whatever may befall

    To be, or not to be. For advocates of plain writing, Shakespeare’s most famous monologue is a touchstone. Its opening sentence consists of nine one-syllable words in a row, followed by one containing just two (depending on whether one reads... more

    Oct. 17, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-10-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Sometimes language smacks you in the microphone

    I’ve already mentioned how easy it was to provoke calls on my radio open-line show in Charlottetown in the 1970s, by inviting listeners to share either recipes or gardening tips. One desperate morning, I stumbled across a topic that lit up the... more

    Oct. 03, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-09-26, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Driverless cars, ‘all that and a bag of chips’

    I was listening to the radio this morning as I was repairing my snowshoes. The host was trying to convince his listeners of the benefits of driverless cars. He was saying people will have more time to make use of, rather than driving. He gave... more

    Sep. 26, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-09-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Advice to the unwise: I have the questions, if you have the answers

    One of the more interesting jobs I’ve ever held was hosting an open-line show (we secretly called it “open-mouth”) on a private radio station in Charlottetown, PEI. Unlike some parts of Canada—especially B.C., with its tradition of brash (often... more

    Sep. 05, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-06-13, PHOTO: courtesy of Baked Laughs

    ‘Serving laughs straight from the oven’

    The Whitehorse comedy scene is on a roll as of late. There have been pro comic events at the Guild Hall, the Ride for Dad Comedy Night, the creation of the Yukon Comedy Collective and the Yukon Comedy Festival. Seasoned Yukon comics have also been... more

    Jun. 13, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-05-02, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Zombie Preparedness 101

    Back in 2013, with the height of the romanticized and highly popular topic of zombies and the fateful demise of the world and humanity, emergency organizations have utilized the zombie craze opportunity to get out their message of Emergency... more

    May 02, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-03-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Am I really ready to face off against this change of life?

    A few days from now, I will undergo a frightening transition from this life to another. Please don’t misunderstand. As far as I know, I’m not about to kick the bucket, cash in my chips, turn toes-up, shuffle off the coil, turn in my Bingo dabbers... more

    Mar. 28, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-03-21, PHOTO: Michael McCall

    The Winterlong Podcasting Co??

    On March 24th the Winterlong Brewing Co. will be slinging more than beer when they play host to two popular Los Angeles based podcasts. They’ll be slinging jokes as well, when the podcast shows Goods from The Woods and This is Rad are recorded at... more

    Mar. 21, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-03-14, PHOTO: courtesy of Kyle Clark

    A weekend of laughs

    The Yukon stand-up comedy scene can be fickle. Some years comics will perform to packed houses that turn people away at the door. Other years, not so much. Whether it’s a lack of comics, audience, or both, northern life can bring a number of... more

    Mar. 14, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-03-07, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

    Stand up for Stephen McGovern

    On March 9, Yukon comic Stephen McGovern will be gearing up to take the stage at the Just for Laughs Northwest comedy festival in Vancouver. The 10-day event beginning March 1 offers a wide variety of shows that highlight Canadian and... more

    Mar. 07, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-02-28, PHOTO: Robert Couse-Baker on Foter.com

    Turning a new (gold) leaf for Valentine’s Day

    I need a little help here, folks. Valentine’s Day has already come and gone, but it’s left me in a bit of a quandary. This isn’t an event Herself and I normally celebrate with a lot of folderol and fiddle-dee-dee. A nice card, a special hug, a... more

    Feb. 28, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-02-07, PHOTO: Pixaby

    Whatever happened to the artful riposte?

    We all know nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. My concern is that the noble art of the insult is also on the skids these days. When I was a kid, one of the worst taunts you could throw at someone was, “Ah, your mother wears army boots.” Stupid... more

    Feb. 07, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-01-24, PHOTO: Jessica Eden

    The Birth of the Yukon Comedy Collective

    The Yukon is about to get a whole lot funnier if Richard Eden has his way. Relatively new to the territory, Eden is the president and creator of The Yukon Comedy Collective – a new non-profit organisation that’s dedicated to providing top quality... more

    Jan. 24, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

    The humiliation of having a 5-cent timepiece

    In the hyper-sensitive world of childhood, an ill-chosen word can sometimes have a devastating impact, even if no harm is intended. I’m not talking about the kind of taunting, bullying talk that was unfortunately common on the playgrounds of my... more

    Jan. 17, 2018

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    Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: courtesy of Ride for Dad Yukon

    Ride for Dad Comedy Night will tickle your prostate and your funny bone

    The 2018 edition of Ride for Dad Comedy Night returns to the Yukon Convention Centre on January 19 and 20. Celebrating it’s fifth year, the comedy gala has grown into its own as one of Ride for Dad Yukon’s premier fundraising events... more

    Dec. 20, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-12-06, PHOTO: Rina Pitucci/Flickr

    Calling both the pot and the kettle black

    I could be wrong, but I’ve never bought into the notion of predestination – that the cosmic fix is in, and our ultimate fate is set by forces beyond our control. By the same token, I don’t subscribe to the idea of karma – the Hindu-Buddhist belief... more

    Dec. 06, 2017

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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. 01, 2017

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