I’m finding myself oddly nostalgic these days – but not for the usual reasons. It’s not nostalgia for my childhood or young-adult years, or pop culture of days gone by. Thanks to YouTube and used-vinyl-album stores, I can wind the...
It’s an old cliché: “A stranger’s just a friend you haven’t met.” Well, it WAS an old cliché, anyway – before Cathy and I made our first trip to St. John’s. It was already a special occasion because neither of us...

Why I’m leaving

As many of you already know, this is my last week at The Reporter. Since I’ve been a part of this newsroom for nearly a decade – which extends to almost a dozen years when my previous stint from 1999-2001...
“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...
I’m writing this column not long after Cathy wrapped up the longest hospital stay either of us has had in our nearly 10-year marriage, and one of the longest either of us has experienced in our entire lives. But we...
“Welcome to ‘Flap Your Gums,’ the segment of our show that celebrates the opinions of ordinary folks like you and me. Well, not exactly like me, because I’m sure the rest of you aren’t outfitted by the best men’s...
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 about two months into my first regular journalism job, as the afternoon news anchor for CIGO AM Radio. With my five o’clock newscast just a few minutes away, I was delivering a handful of sound clips and pre-packaged...
I have turned down a lot of chocolate over the past 25 years. You see, it was a quarter-century ago that my family doctor and I jointly figured out that my skin couldn’t handle even trace amounts of the key...

Country Nation

Moments before George Canyon took the stage on the third Friday evening in November, I took my seat at the far left of the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre’s Bear Head Conference Room, just outside the kitchen area. I came perilously...
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