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Issue: 2019-08-21, PHOTO: Pixabay

I recently wrote about my new vocation as a DIY coffin maker. OK, strictly speaking it’s not a coffin. It’s a casket. On a draped bier. Read more

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Issue: 2019-07-31, PHOTO: Donar Reiskoffer via Wikimedia Commons

Do you solemnly swear the testimony you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you Odin? Read more

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Issue: 2019-07-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

One afternoon, in the mid-70s in Inuvik, I was looking for some oddball thing for my vehicle. I looked almost everywhere and then I decided to go see John, a local who owned one of the taxi companies. Read more

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Issue-2019-07-10, PHOTO: Pixabay

They say the fastest land mammal of all is the cheetah, capable of running as fast as 120 km/h without breaking a sweat. But “they” are wrong. Read more

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Issue: 2019-07-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

Opinions are like belly buttons. Everybody has one. Except Adam and Eve, reportedly. Even a casual glance at Facebook, Twitter, or similar social media platforms confirms a disturbing fact: opinions are actually far more numerous than belly buttons. Read more

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Issue: 2019-06-26, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

The last entry in this space provided a platform for a more-or-less true tale of undeserved punishment recalled (and still resented) from the mists of time. Read more

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Issue: 2019-06-19, Asylumkid via Foter.com

One morning in the mid 1980s, a pilot named Fred came to my house. Since I had only met him on a few occasions at the coffee shop, I wondered why he had come to see me. Read more

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Issue: 2019-06-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

Anyone who has ever worked in a printing shop, or who has helped teach a youngster learn how to print the alphabet, knows the importance of minding your Ps and Qs. And your Bs and Ds, for that matter... Read more

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Issue: 2019-05-29, PHOTO: mvipond / everystockphoto.com

I was 12 years old in 1955 when my oldest brother, Robin, went away to university. As siblings in a close-knit family, we had shared many delightful (and less-than) hours around the dinner table. But the six-year difference in our ages meant we... Read more

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Issue: 2019-05-01, PHOTO: Gerald Lacroix / Pixabay

I was up in the Yukon last week working with Gwaandak Theatre on a series of radio plays based on legends from Old Crow. It was great to see all my Vuntut Gwich’in relatives and meet the famed Paul Kennedy from the CBC radio program, Ideas... Read more

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Issue: 2019-04-17, PHOTO: Jubilee and Munin via Foter.com

You may have noticed the above quotation comes to you without attribution. That’s for good reason. Nobody seems to know who muttered it or even if it was ever uttered at all. The Tower ravens of London are arguably the most famous birds in history... Read more

Yukon History

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Issue: 2019-04-10, PHOTO: Pixabay

Lily is an energetic dog. At three months old, it was abnormal for her to sleep for three solid hours in the middle of the day. That was the first sign that something was off. The second was that, when owner Daniel Guhl woke her, she was wobbly on... Read more

Yukoners Pets

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Issue: 2019-03-20, PHOTO: WUY file photo/John Henderson

I was reading in the news the other day about the ice bridge in Dawson City and how $200,000 worth of engineers couldn’t figure out why there was no ice forming on their makeshift bridge in the middle of winter. It reminded me of a time back in... Read more

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Issue: 2019-03-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

The allure of even a well-crafted, lightweight shovel begins to pale after days upon numberless days of snow upon snow upon snow. There is wisdom in the old saw that everybody likes to complain about the weather, but nobody does anything about it... Read more

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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

The Whitehorse Motors Sourdough Sams—what are they about? Every year we hear about these Sourdough Sams, this “Call for the Cup,” and that the search for the “primo Yukon male” is on again, but what does any of that really mean? I managed to catch... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

These days they are referred to as a “base layer” and are usually made from some very scientific-sounding material and come with a big, obvious logo to satisfy status-seekers. “Plastic” is another name for what they are made of... Read more

Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

I was walking through downtown Edmonton, the other day, when an old-timer in curled-up cowboy boots saddled up to me and bummed six bits off of me for a glass of draught. I was so happy to hear that particular vernacular that I almost gave him a... Read more

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Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

The time-honoured English tradition of the Christmas pantomime (known affectionately as just “panto”) was not part of my childhood. My British father did grow up attending pantos, before going on to become an usher in post-Victorian music halls... Read more

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Issue: 2018-12-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

Every now and then, a fella happens to hit the sweet spot, even if it is more by good luck than good management. I rest my case on a recent example. Early in the week, I casually mentioned to “Herself” that it was time to consider remounting the... Read more

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Issue: 2018-11-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

I work with federal inmates at an institution in central Alberta. And of all people, you would think they would know how to make coffee in an old-style coffee percolator. You know the ones ... you put your coffee grounds in a round metal filter... Read more

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