Category Archives: Newfoundland and Labrador

Resettlement: Fractured yet Whole

“Oh, poor old Red Island,” dad would intone in a voice heavy with regret. He’s been gone almost thirty-five years but I can see him now, hunched forward in the old wooden rocking chair, the same one his mother and … Continue reading

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Respect for Richard Gillett

With all of the celebrations and hype leading to the 150th anniversary of the founding of that thing we call Canada pride in our fair country is at something of a high. Evidence of it is everywhere and if you … Continue reading

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A Lament for Lost Outport Libraries

Half the libraries to close—our rural places take another hit. I considered it all, just struck in disbelief. Just another in a slew of bad decisions and I’m torn; should I be angry or feel grief? First the financial disaster … Continue reading

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The Day the Dreams all Died

A few years back when oil flowed free we all bowed down on bended knee and gave thanks that “have not” was no more. But now that the oil’s so cheap there’s no thanksgiving; it’s time to weep and with … Continue reading

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And Then it Got Worse

The first strains of the story: the lone female firefighter and member of the municipal council in a nearby small town alleged a long history of discrimination against her. My first response: disbelief. In my defense, it’s a learned response, … Continue reading

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After 78 Days it’s Finally Over

Back in the day my father had a hand cranked phonograph and in my boyish youth I enjoyed putting on it my 33s. At 78 the chipmunked sounds would make me laugh and best of all boring talk would slip … Continue reading

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Soaked Dida Skin ‘n’ Froze Half Didit

At first it didn’t bother me much but then I figured something was badly wrong when even the crowd from CBS admitted their weather was as bad as in St. John’s. And icebergs, hardly a one to see, except the … Continue reading

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Truth and Wisdom: Two Travellers

A young traveler saw injustice, waste, wrongdoing and need and, set out thinking, “I will show all just how clearly I know how the wrongs that they spread, like so much damaged seed tear all we have down, so that no good … Continue reading

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Can we Come Up with a Better Name for it?

In Canada this is the Victoria Day weekend. Although often referred to as “The 24th of May” or “May two-four” (the double entendre being a tip of the hat to the copious quantiles of two-dozen cases of beer that somehow … Continue reading

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A Little Cuffer, or Maybe Not

The diagnosis was gallstones and the suggested response was laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a commonly-performed minimally invasive method in which 4 small incisions are made in the abdomen, through which small tubes are inserted. One of them contains a tiny camera and … Continue reading

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