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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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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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Christmas Songs: My Top Ten (Part 3 of 3)

Mummers’ Song by Simani Mummering is an age old tradition that came to our shores along with the European visitors who, for one reason or another, decided to stay. These days it’s only practiced occasionally and mainly in our rural … Continue reading

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Christmas Songs: My Top Ten (Part 2 of 3)

A Childrens’ Winter by Dermot O’Reilly Though not necessarily a Christmas song, it’s not unusual to hear it performed in clubs and at concerts this time of the year. The easy D-A-G arrangement makes this ideal as something to loosen up the … Continue reading

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Christmas Songs: My Top Ten (Part 1 of 3)

Number 10: Tinsel Town by Jimmy Rankin Christmas is almost upon us. In fact as Jimmy’s opening line, “everywhere you look, everywhere you go,” notes, it’s kind of hard to miss. Especially on the radio; every station finds a reason … Continue reading

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Outport Harmony on Boxing Day

There was once a time when the light through the windows would have been sufficient for the tasks at hand. These days, though it was supplemented by a single bare bulb, hanging there right next to where he’d hung the … Continue reading

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Christmas and What We Leave Behind

How it is that such seemingly small events can take root and blossom at precisely the right moments! What seems so offhand, so casual can, in the end, lead you so far along the path you need to travel! Some … Continue reading

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Boxing Day in the Harbour (3 of 3)

Back at Bests’ Cove it’s still quiet and still. Here and there you can see and hear boat owners out cleaning the snow from the decks. The water is slightly brackish here as a small stream flows into it, and … Continue reading

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Boxing Day in the Harbour (2 of 3)

This is the head of the harbour. We call it “The Bottom.” If you look carefully at the picture below you can see that this is the spot where “Ned’s Brook” meets the sea. I’m not sure if it’s named … Continue reading

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Boxing Day in the Harbour (1 of 3)

After the storm we had on Christmas Eve and Christmas day a high pressure system moved in, shoving away the clouds and quieting the wind. It did little for the temperatures, though, and they remained at around -10 for the … Continue reading

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