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Thursday, June 24, 2021

To learn about bees, I watched most of the videos from the University of Guelph's Honey Bee Research Centre featuring Paul Kelly, the Research and Apiary Manager. In most of the videos bees are flying all around him, while...

Thursday, June 24, 2021

On the edge of our village over the past couple of years, a few acres of farmland have been transformed into additional housing for dozens of residents, with a home for seniors still to come...

Thursday, June 24, 2021

I don't watch a lot of television. I realize that puts me at a disadvantage when trying to stay up to date with cultural, social, and language changes but it also frees up a lot of time. However, I was recently visiting where a television was on...

Thursday, June 24, 2021

In the 1960s, most folks in and around the community where much of my family's social lives revolved went to church. There were two choices in the nearby village, the echoing Presbyterian edifice and the more modest United Church building...

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021

The expression "don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today" proved itself very wise when I locked myself in the chicken tractor (chicken coop on wheels) with an angry rooster behind me and a solid cage around me...

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Unless we're setting out to study an issue by reading a book or article, most of us pick up casual information in bite-sized bits.
So when TV viewers see the A&W restaurant chain's saturation campaign about its hamburgers made with beef from ...

Thursday, June 24, 2021

This year, it seemed as if we launched from a great winter straight into summer, with about one day of spring in between. Snow banks disappeared under a blast of warm air and sunshine, leaving behind drying fields, blooming spring flowers, and ...

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Hunger is something all too familiar to the peoples of Northern Canada. Hunger of the belly or worse -- hunger of the spirit. I touched briefly on this last month, recalling my experiences in and around the Town of High Level in...

Thursday, June 24, 2021

"You bring the coffee. I'll cook the breakfast," George Mackenzie had told the boys.
They had been getting takeout from Mabel's Grill since the beginning of the latest lockdown but...

Thursday, June 24, 2021

I saw Jean Kellestine walking toward her neat, white house after getting the mail and had to break into a jog to catch up with her, even though she was one week shy of turning 90 years old. Living on her own, with frequent visits ...

Thursday, June 24, 2021

As I write this in early May, we've been watching a bird build a nest in a tree outside our kitchen window -- a reminder that even in nature creatures alter their environment for survival...

Thursday, June 24, 2021

I'm sure there are as many different ways to remember loved ones, events, and experiences as there are people. My long-time favourite is plants. My friend's mother gave me a piece of lamium from her flower garden during one spring visit.

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