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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

March 8 has been recognized since 1911 as International Women's Day (IWD). The very first gathering was supported by over one million people. It has been gaining momentum ever since as a day to celebrate social, economic, cultural...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

My dear friends of Orkney. There was a writer here in Canada, both famous and infamous, who when confronted with proofs contrary to what his stories imagined, maintained that truth not necessarily lays with mere fact...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

"So the wife's got me tuning up the lawnmower while I wait for corn-planting season," said Dave Winston as he settled in at Mabel's Grill the other morning.
"That's what you get for getting the tractor ready so soon," said George Mackenzie...

Monday, February 14, 2022

The more things change, the more they stay the same. While that old saying may not seem very appropriate during a pandemic when everything seems different, human nature does appear to be very much the same.
As I write this, everyone is very tired...

Monday, February 14, 2022

When I was in Haiti a few years back, I rode from the airport to our compound on top of the luggage in the back of an open, lumbering truck. It was madness, really. No one seemed to follow any road rules there and Iā€ˆlater learned when it ...

Monday, February 14, 2022

It was while reading fellow columnist Jeff Carter's column in last month's issue of The Rural Voice that the subject for this column arose.
Jeff was writing about an on-line conference held by Oxford University about the demonstrations ...

Monday, February 14, 2022

Some months ago, well before civil disobedience had sprung up across the nation, we were short of gas on our way home to Dresden along Highway 401. We might have continued on but that yellow warning light suggested a stop at ...

Monday, February 14, 2022

"I think I'll work on the tractor this afternoon -- make sure it's ready for planting season," Dave Winston mentioned to the others when they settled in at Mabel's Grill for the morning coffee session the other day.
"You're gung ho, aren't ...

Monday, February 14, 2022

There was a little drawer beside the fridge at the farmhouse that always held four things --- a box of wax paper, parchment paper, tin foil and a box of Saran Wrap.
For years and years, I would wrap up leftovers with Saran Wrap and tuck...

Monday, February 14, 2022

"We are so lucky to live where we do," is a phrase I have heard many times, and especially through the past two years. While many people are still itching to travel, especially to warmer climates to escape the Huron County winter, most people realize....

Monday, February 14, 2022

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a farmer-led coalition in India has set an example for the world: small voices, combined together, can make a difference.
In summer of 2020, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi led an effort to "modernize" his ...

Monday, February 14, 2022

"Well, here we are again!" sighed Dave Winston when Cliff Murray carried takeout food from Mabel's Grill into Dave's heated garage the other morning. "Back having coffee in my garage again, a year after we were sure the pandemic would be over in just...

Monday, February 14, 2022

I apologize in advance. I usually try to write something thought-provoking or inspiring for this column, but I don't think I have it in me right now. Instead of leaving this space blank (can I do that, Lisa?!)... could I just be honest with you?

Monday, December 13, 2021
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