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Grey Matters

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Issue: 2019-07-17, PHOTO: Barry Waitt

My dad became a season ticket holder for the Edmonton Eskimos (EE) in 1959. Read more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2019-06-26, PHOTO: Pixabay

My inner brat just won’t listen. Some people are blessed with an inner prince or princess, but I am saddled with a brat, verging on a rebel. The adult me tells the inner brat about the benefits and merits of exercise. Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2019-05-15, PHOTO: Stu Clark

A few weeks ago, a friend sent me an opinion piece from a recent edition of The Globe and Mail. It was about falls. Not the waterfall kind. The kind that involves finding oneself suddenly on the ground or on the floor. It was written by Sandra... Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2019-04-10, PHOTO: Lillian Nakamura Maguire

Seventy years of accumulation of stuff—that’s what I have in addition to my husband’s “resource,” as he so fondly calls his stuff. Somehow the amount of stuff we collected over 47 years of living together seems to fill our living and outdoor space... Read more

Family and Health

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Issue: 2019-03-20, PHOTO: Pixabay

It may be an exaggeration to say that Kermit the Frog saved my life, but only slightly. It was 1971. I was 17. The Beatles sang “The Long and Winding Road” and I was deep in the swamp of solipsistic angst in the way that only teenagers can be... Read more

Yukon Music

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Issue: 2019-02-27, PHOTO: courtesy of Barry Waitt

When I was first asked if I wanted to join the talented group of writers at What’s Up Yukon and contribute a column that would provide a perspective as a male “senior,” I thought, “I don’t know. I don’t feel like a senior. I don’t even like to... Read more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2019-01-23, PHOTO: Deborah McNevin

It began innocently enough. At a gathering shortly after I stopped working, I overheard a friend mentioning that another friend had said she was going to learn bridge in order to have something to do in the nursing home... Read more

Hobbies

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Issue: 2018-11-21, PHOTO: Pixabay

I turned 70 this past summer. I’ve been pondering, How did I get there so soon? So what’s your stereotype of a 70-year-old “lady”? Grey hair? Yep, that’s me, and I earned every one! Wrinkles and brown splotches? Yes, plenty! A cane? Actually... Read more

Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2018-10-31, PHOTO: Stu Clark

I’ve always loved the smell of woodsmoke. I know this is not the case for everyone and that too many wood stoves in a small residential area can cause concern. I am lucky to live in a part of town where few people heat with wood. These days, my... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2018-09-26, PHOTO: Pixabay

If you have a glass or cup of something handy, get it ready. At the end of this piece we’re going to raise a glass to a woman named Nellie. You might want to get a handful of penny candy too … you'll see why... Read more

Yukon People

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courtesy of Deborah McNevin

There are so many negative phrases out there about aging, aren’t there? I often hear the sayings “Old age ain’t for sissies” (Bette Davis) and “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone” (Joni Mitchell), or “Life’s a b--ch and then you die” (auth Read more

Yukon Lifestyle

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Issue: 2018-07-18, PHOTO: Mitsue Ozeki

Have you ever wondered what a three-year-old boy would want for his birthday? Recently, I found myself paralyzed in the toy section of a local store. I don’t have any grandchildren, but I do serve as a “pseudo-grandmother” to many of my younger... Read more

Yukon Families

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Issue: 2018-06-13, PHOTO: Susan Clark

What 69-year-old chooses an activity that routinely results in numb hands, painful wrists and soreness in an area that makes it difficult to perform certain necessary bodily functions? Well, it turns out that there are quite a number of these... Read more

Yukon Active