Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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...
Politics at any level is a difficult issue to digest and discuss, because it seems to rely equally on numbers and personalities. Here in Nova Scotia, we’ve had our share of distinct personalities at both the...
Those who know me well should not be surprised that I’m still thinking about Kermit the Frog today, even though it’s been over three weeks since I learned that my favourite amphibian has a new puppeteer (and two weeks...
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...
I was fortunate enough to get a combined month’s worth of time off this summer, and it’s allowed Cathy and me to re-acquaint ourselves with some of our favourite parts of Nova Scotia. This has rarely been more pronounced than...
It’s minus-12 outside, with a wind chill factor of minus-20. I’m pulling into the parking lot just outside Immaculata Hall, located in the building that also houses StFX’s long-running Mount Saint Bernard College, known on the Antigonish campus as “The...
“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...
In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit – Amen. Father, I had hoped that this would be a prayer of celebration, as it was 30 years ago this week that I accepted You into...
As I watched the remarkable footage of Halifax municipal crews placing a black shroud over the likeness of city founder Edward Cornwallis amidst a large crowd of cheering protestors, my mind flashed to a story I had recently read...
As a grade-schooler in the early ‘80s, I frequently heard a country song with the following chorus spilling out of the CJFX AM Radio airwaves: “Everybody wants to live to be 100, everybody’s looking for the key…We all want to...


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