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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...

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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.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

A river passes through our little rural community. It's here where further upstream navigation ends for anything much larger than a canoe or shallow-draft skiff.
The river once served as a highway for lake-going vessels, the connection to...

Thursday, June 24, 2021

The guys had barely settled down on Cliff Murray's front porch with their take-out breakfast from Mabel's Grill when George Mackenzie noticed the stack of white plastic bags piled nearby.
"Is that fertilizer for the lawn?" he asked Cliff..

Monday, January 18, 2021

Can you imagine a Parliament of all species? Even if there was just one representative per species, that would require a huge hall, with at least 8.7 million seats. Or, it would become the Mother of all Zoom calls.
I am being only partly...

Monday, January 18, 2021

Can you imagine a Parliament of all species? Even if there was just one representative per species, that would require a huge hall, with at least 8.7 million seats. Or, it would become the Mother of all Zoom calls.
I am being only partly...

Monday, January 18, 2021

"So how was your big celebration?" Dave Winston asked Cliff Murray the other day after his 25th wedding anniversary.
"Good," said Dave. "Quiet, of course, like everything else with the pandemic. The kids took us to a little Chinese restaurant...

Monday, January 18, 2021

Are farmers in Canada losing the trust and respect of their fellow Canadians?
The most recent numbers I could find concerning that question are from 2018. A poll, conducted by Insights West, puts farmers among the most respected professions...

Monday, January 18, 2021

Who knew when we rolled into 2020 that we would soon be facing shortages of things we seemingly have taken for granted for decades... toilet paper... bicycles...flour... dogs.... ? I'm sure that vanilla ice cream must be on the list somewhere too...

Monday, January 18, 2021

A couple of months back Lisa B. Pot caught my attention when she wrote her column about human geography, the sense of place we develop because of our surroundings and the experiences of living in those surroundings.
About the same time as her column ...

Monday, November 16, 2020

The pair of buff-coloured hens (we think they are Orpingtons) were purchased for their stunning good looks. The former owners assured me they were consistent layers but even after giving them a few weeks to adjust to the move, their egg-laying is ...

Monday, November 16, 2020

A common theme throughout my career as a farm journalist has been regret by farm leaders that farmers dilute their strength by not sticking together. Probably few people around today know that wasn't always true -- that 100 years ago Ontario's ...

Monday, November 16, 2020

Harvest is always a stressful time of year. As we rush to get the year's worth of work put in the bins safely, there is never a shortage of things that can go wrong. No matter how carefully I plan and try to anticipate and prepare.
We get tired.

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