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Issue: 2015-03-12

Homage to a Yukon Birder

Yukon birds, and its birding community, have lost a true friend.When he died last month, at 75, Helmut Grünberg had spent over 40 years promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Yukon’s bird life.He found his way...

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Sibling Revelry

Brigitte and Caroline Desjardins-Allatt were well into elementary school before learning about their father’s musical past — and the instruments stashed in the family garage.”Before he met my mother, he used to play...

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Stuffed?

Ah, stuff.Sometimes my life can feel way too focused on the next thing I think I “need”, as precious hours are spent reorganizing the ones I already have in order to make room. When I get fed up and hop on my anti-materialistic...

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DIY, If You Dare

They have a saying in the Dixie States — or maybe it’s the military: “When you’re up to yourass in alligators, it’s hard to remember your mission was to drain the swamp.”Unfortunately, I...

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Home Truths and Other Stories

The inherent drama of buying, selling, or renovating homes is tailor-made for reality television. You don’t need to own a house to be captivated by the minutiae of managing the large and small choices these programs...

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Rock this wall

I like blank, plain walls in the kitchen. Uncluttered and simple. If the paint is the same colour as every other wall in the house, even better.Crap! I am not even kidding myself, here.We have a very nice kitchen, but those...

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Perfect End to the Evening

It’s 8 p.m. on a Saturday night. After finishing a delicious lamb dinner, the perfect end to the evening is found in the billiards room. So down into the basement I go, past the laundry room, sewing room, workshop, and...

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Honouring the Bounty of Scotland

Up on the Alaska Highway, in the bright boîte called Tonimoes, attached to the SKKY Hotel, a quiet ritual takes place every Tuesday. Informally known as Scotch night, the weekly event “honour[s] the bounty of Scotland with the...

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