Issue: 2008-06-13

A musical journey through time

Two weeks: that’s all Hank Karr came for, and that’s when his love affair with the Yukon began. But, as a clock chimes (his wife, Pam, likes clocks), the Saskatchewan-born singer/songwriter rewinds just a bit, to an earlier time — to his musical journey “before Yukon”. “I guess it really started in about 1955 … …

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An Artist of the Yukon

A specific mood is always evident in Kirsty Wells’ paintings. Wells, 18, usually paints upbeat, happy images with lots of bright, vibrant colours and drastic contrasts. “There is less contrast and lighter colours and textures if I am sad or in a bad mood,” Wells explains. Wells found her passion for art at a very …

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Lovely Lemons and Rhubarb

That bright and beautiful time of year is finally here: the lupines are in the woods and the eagles are proudly flying overhead. So, too, our northern rhubarb is making its presence known. Use it in this lemon tart or as a spread on morning toast or freshly baked scones. Lemon Tart with Rhubarb Coulis …

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Comedy from a Sleep-Depraved Mind

I’m finally getting some good sleep these days. Recently, I was stage-managing the incredible Varietease show at the Guild: a cavalcade of comedy, song and, indeed, titillation. This basically amounted to many long evenings that blended into each other as we moved closer and closer to show time. By the time we were nearing the …

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Social Riding; Klondike Style

Motorcycle riders are often solitary sorts. We like the time we spend with ourselves on the road. It is a sort of meditation: no radio, no chit-chat with a passenger, no getting bored like you do driving a car. That doesn’t mean we are all anti-social, obvious from the small gatherings of motorcycles you see …

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Coyote Teaches Us About Love in the Time of Collaring

Close to Spider Man: stories, Ivan E. Coyote, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2005 (second printing) 93 pages. What I enjoy about Ivan Coyote’s stories is their unwrapped honesty. The book says these are fictional stories, but they seem so much like memoir that you might feel truth hovering around the floor of every story. Most of …

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Rumble in the Greenhouse: Ladybug Vs. Aphid

With warmer weather, your greenhouse could be growing more than just your vegetable plants. Insects thrive in the warm humid environment and it usually takes a few weeks before it is noticeable to the average gardener. Most people are aware that aphids are attracted to pepper plants. I’ve always maintained that if you grow your …

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Artrepreneur: Grass is Not Greener in Yellowknife … But It Has An Awesome Gallery

The Birchwood Gallery in Yellowknife shows top-notch artists from all over Canada. It also shows the work of local high school students. Yellowknife contrasts Whitehorse in interesting ways. It’s a northern capital of about the same size, so you can’t help compare. It has high-rise buildings instead of mountains. It’s pretty much the end of …

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Immigrants remind us of Canadian values

I’m reading the newspapers and the magazines and I see that many Canadians have only qualified support for immigrants. I ignore the bigots, pretty much automatically, and I listen directly to Canadians who value our willingness to accept those from other countries. Yet they feel only X number can come each year and only those …

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