Category Archives: Society and Culture

The Difference a Day Can Make

It’s funny what a day can mean. A good night’s rest can restore the sheen on a life that sometimes leaves you shaking your head in disbelief. I suppose it’s the stress we put on ourselves as we channel our … 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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Caller: this is Windows…

You know those guys who call on the land line and insist that they’re calling from “Windows – and that your computer has a virus?” These days I have a script right by the phone and I just read it … 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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The Northern Coal Miner

For most of my life I’ve worked here at the mine, this dim miserable dusty old hole. From when I rise from my sleep, ‘til I’m ready to drop it’s all about digging the coal. “Can’t slow down, Boys,” 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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Talk about the NL Budget 2015–Can we Stop with the Games?

I’m at home today—a bit of down-time following minor surgery. All’s well, thanks to professional, caring service from Eastern Health.  Normally I would be listening, offhandedly, to the radio while going about my business but today it’s off. The ensuing … Continue reading

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