Issue: 2010-02-18

Reap What You Sow … Now!

The sun is shining, the snow is melting off of the roof and it is starting to feel like spring. But we are still in the month of February and spring is a long way off. Still, there are things that can be gardened indoors even in February. Tomatoes, peppers, onions and leeks all need …

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Where Did You Say That Was

There are lots of people in Dawson who couldn’t give you street directions to save their lives. Part of the confusion is the problem with street and house numbers that I wrote about last time, but that’s not the only reason. Simply put, building functions, locations and names keep changing over time and people tend …

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Open that Bottle of Wine Night!

Last week, I visited the Wall Street Journal website to read the most recent article by my favourite wine writers, Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher … it wasn’t there! They retired at the end of 2009. They had my dream job: they are a married couple who, for a dozen years, had written the best …

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The Other Side of Late Blooming

Irecently wrote a column about “late blooming” where people realize their orientation often after being in heterosexual relationships. The other side of late blooming is the straight spouse who can also be involved in the “coming out” process of their mate. Recently, Gayle Haggard, wife of former pastor Ted Haggard, published a book about her …

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Laramie Project delivers stunning ensemble work

I gave Justine Davidson, the theatre reviewer for the Whitehorse Star, a long hug at the end of The Laramie Project, the Guild Society/GALA play. Both of us were near tears. She said over my shoulder, “Does this mean it’s good when the journalists are crying?” We weren’t the only ones moved. But don’t let …

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Love and Be Loved

A feeling of human warmth beams from the eyes of the people in Norm Hamilton’s black and white portraits on the walls in the Guild’s Other Room. Portraiture, for him, is more than capturing an image. It’s about “capturing the essence of that person.” Environmental portraiture is key to his work. This means sitting down …

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Europe: Sasquatch-free

Europe is a fantastic place to visit; not so much for what it has, but rather for what it does not have. Sometimes it is good to leave that with which you are familiar, for that which is strange, in order to escape the pressures of home for a time and return with an open …

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Dancer Has Found Her Home

The’s a dancer, she’s a teacher, she’s a choreographer, actor, singer and performance artist. She is dancing all over this town. At the age of 24, Jessica Hickman has a wealth of skills and knowledge to share and teach in our northern community. Originally from Calgary, where she began her dance training, Hickman has trained …

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Funky Hand Controllers

The biggest problems experienced by amateur astronomers, who live in the Yukon and the northern limits of civilization, is the cold. The cold is brutal on the human element, and is capable of wreaking all kinds of havoc on astronomy gear — from poorly made eyepieces and telescope mounts, to laptop computers. One would think …

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Hihowareyou? Iamfine

Have you ever had an American say to you, “Say, ‘eh’ for me”? They think it’s funny when we Canadians say, “eh”, and, being the good-natured people we are, we oblige them. We think of something random to say, put an “eh” at the end, but then it all comes out wrong; we just can’t …

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Meat, My Friend, Bessie

My name is Anthony, and I love meat. This past holiday season I was granted a Christmas miracle: a miracle of the meaty kind. Some friends and I were pulling into Edmonton from a stand-up comedy gig in High Level, Alberta. For those geographically challenged, that’s an eight-hour drive, straight up, pretty much scraping the …

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