Monday, October 21, 2019
I recently played a part, and played some music, in a theatrical adaptation of The Passion that ran twice at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Judique on Good Friday. One of our last rehearsals took place on the final Sunday...
“That’s mighty white of you.” I had never heard the phrase before I started my first full-time media job, but my newsroom colleague at the time was fond of saying it on a regular basis to news contacts that had...
This column is appearing online and in print just as we leave the Canada Day long weekend behind, and just as our neighbours to the south erupt in their annual Stars and Stripes jamboree. So, as I write about the...

Let it steep

I’ve felt for a long time that the simple act of making tea can be a perfect metaphor for life. After all, just as we all have different ways to live our lives, tea drinkers all have their own way...
Cathy and I have enjoyed CBC-TV’s comedy-in-a-small-town series Still Standing for quite awhile now, but we’ve never looked forward to an episode quite as much as the late-November edition saluting the community of Canso. That’s partly because each of us...
I was struck silent by the inscription on the gravestone that sat just a few feet in front of me on this quiet Friday morning in northern France. In a sense, that shouldn’t be surprising. This was my first visit...
We heard the word “choice” a lot in May. That word arises nearly any time the abortion issue rears its ugly head in North America. But “choice” dominated the headlines, social media and general conversation ever since...
When Muppet master Jim Henson died unexpectedly in 1990, I braced myself for the concept that Kermit the Frog, a major part of my childhood and adolescence, wasn’t going to be a part of my life anymore. I didn’t know...
Ninety-five per cent of me had been looking forward to this moment for months. That’s a sharp contrast to the last time I caught Newfoundland’s Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers at Sydney’s Highland Arts Theatre, 19 months ago. I...
At some point in our formative years, some well-meaning person or organization tries to convince us of the evils of creativity, the uselessness of imagination, or the wasted time we spend on basic play. We reach...


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