Tag Archives: newfoundland and labrador

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

Posted in Newfoundland and Labrador, poetry/songs, Society and Culture | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

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

Posted in Newfoundland and Labrador, Society and Culture, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 15 Comments

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

Posted in Newfoundland and Labrador, Society and Culture | Tagged , | 16 Comments

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

Posted in Entertainment | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

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

Posted in Entertainment | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Entertainment | Tagged , , | 27 Comments

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

Posted in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, poetry/songs | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Newfoundland and Labrador, poetry/songs | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

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

Posted in Newfoundland and Labrador, Society and Culture | Tagged , , , | 24 Comments

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

Posted in Newfoundland and Labrador, Society and Culture | Tagged , , | 11 Comments