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It was many years ago, during my travels as a reporter for the now defunct Voice of the Farmer newspaper chain, that I stumbled upon an unusual recipe.
In those days, one of my assignments was to take photographs of old homes...

"I guess I can't stop you," Mabel told George Mackenzie when he asked if they could use the new picnic table on the grass just beside the parking lot at Mabel's Grill after he bought take-out coffee for the guys the other morning.
"I set it up...

Virtually overlooked among the attention-getting promises of last fall's election (and seldom heard from since) was a promise by the Prime Minister that Canada would plant two billion trees in the next decade as a way of countering climate change...

Winter in Huron County - the snow is swirling and the winds are blowing, with a bit of freezing rain thrown in for good measure every once in a while. Lots of people swear by heading south, getting a bit of sun and a vitamin D boost and shedding...

I hadn't heard of Fannie Merritt Farmer until I picked up a copy her cookbook -- one of millions printed -- at Presbyterian Church a couple years ago during Dresden's town-wide yard sale.
I remember the two women at the time, chuckling...

"So, what's that about?" George McKenzie asked Dave Winston after he watched him stop to pin a note to the bulletin board at Mabel's Grill before he arrived at the table for the morning coffee session on recent morning.
"I'm selling my ...

Recently a short essay was shared on Facebook that's profoundly pertinent to the climate-crisis times in which we live. The essay laments what befell the Inuit people with the 16th century coming of Europeans to their windswept Arctic land. It's author..

I tend to think of us as the good guys. We are farmers, a breed of people who take good care of our animals and cultivate the soil to feed families.
It saddens me to realize the Ontario government felt compelled to introduce new legislation...

There's something about human beings that fascinates us with magic, whether it be that of the sorcerers and with doctors of ancient times or technological advances of today.
Right now, the magic that fascinates us generally comes from...

Last year, about this time, I wrote a column about participating in Agri-Food Training's C-Team course. I began with the first course almost two years ago in Vancouver and have been fortunate to also travel to Calgary and Niagara Falls...

I've long appreciated the National Farmers Union's propensity for speaking uncomfortable truths.
For many years there was a focus on things like government agricultural policy, the banking system and consolidation within...

As I was mulling over what to write about, I was sitting on a recliner chair in the living room of our farmhouse scrolling through my smartphone (like most millennials) when I saw a tweet that my Fire Chief, Bill Hunter serving West Perth and...

With no fanfare or media attention, Alice Munro's house was bid on by three potential buyers on October 16. Asking price was $269,000.
I was one of the three but my offer was not the winning bid. I feel both relief and regret.
Alice is, of course...

One of the things that makes winter bearable around our place is the day-long show through the big windows of our family room, thanks to feeding the birds .
The amount of money I spend on seed to attract these birds would have amazed, or even...

"So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests." Matthew 22:11
Christmas isn't complete without traditions.
Some can be relatively new...

"I did something stupid yesterday," George Mackenzie said the other morning as the gang gathered at Mabel's Grill.
Molly Whiteside, who was in the midst of filling his coffee cup, choked in surprise and spilled some of the coffee. "You're actually...

When I first walked through the door of S.S. No. 1, I was bejesus scared. What would all those farm kids think of me, a "foreigner," a "city slicker," from London, Ontario who had parachuted into their territory, the 10th Concession of Logan Township...

Everyone has heard of the Holocaust but have you ever heard of the Holodomor?
Recently, I became aware of the Holodomor in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg where exhibits are fashioned to generate ideas and capture the stories of people...

Political leaders took a terrible beating when the big marches to protest the lack of action on climate change took place earlier this fall. One of the values of politicians is that they provide a convenient punching bag for our frustrations.

Anyone who knows me very well has had to listen to a lot of whining lately about something I've spent most of the summer and early fall doing. Whether you call it purging, decluttering, reverse nesting, or by some other name, I have been going through...

It was with a bottle of scotch from the Orkneys that she was christened in the all-but-forgotten language of those isles. The bottle was not broken but a dram was sprinkled on her prow and into the waters of the Sydenham for good luck.

"Thanks for those parts," Dave Winston told George Mackenzie when he sat down at the table for the morning coffee session at Mabel's Grill.
"They work?" George asked.
"Like a charm," Dave replied.
"What's this about?" Molly Whiteside asked ...

I've been chasing two combines with the grain buggy for most of the day. One of them has broken down. It has been a long week, with not a lot of sleep and rain in the forecast. Tensions are high on the crew -- we weren't communicating well and I keep...

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