The dangerous buffoon

From Shaman's Rock by Jim Poling Sr. Canadians have watched the U.S. happenings involving former president Donald Trump with an amused sense of entertainment. It’s been like looking over the fence and seeing neighbours struggle…

Bad books and good books

From Shaman's Rock by Jim Poling Sr. I thought it was just me complaining that more and more mediocre – or just plain bad - books are being published. A search of the Internet tells…

CT scanner cannot come soon enough

by Thomas Smith On Monday, my Dad woke up feeling off. There was a heaviness to his chest and something felt different to his breathing. He figured that his allergies were acting up, or perhaps…

Co-existing with Beaver

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. Those critters with the sharp buck teeth and hard flat tails are back and making their presence known. Beaver numbers were reported down in parts of the province…

A walk in the woods

From Shaman's Rock By Jim Poling, Sr. It’s been a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the global COVID-19 emergency. Our world, however, still has far to go before celebrating…

A deer in the headlights

From Shaman's Rock by Jim Poling Sr. There are times when the political tribalism consuming us seems like a cancer that cannot be cured. Today, thankfully, is not one of them. I say this after…

Life without bugs

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. This won’t come as a surprise: After a mild winter and wet spring it’s going to be a banner year for bugs. Experts say the mild winter allowed…

Hints that fishing season is here

by Steve Galea If you live with an angler, you probably have a sense that the fishing season is drawing near. This is very likely fueled by the clues that you might see in and…

My foxy friend

From Shaman's Rock by Jim Poling Sr. I’m opposed to feeding wild animals. They get to like human food, depend on it and stop foraging for their natural foods. However, I have a confession to…

Carbon tax and tribalism

From Shaman's Rock by Jim Poling Sr. Our federal government is running out of lipstick to put on the pig it calls its carbon pricing policy. But as the famous proverb notes – when you…

Ins and outs of ice

From Shaman's Rock by Jim Poling Sr. Many of us got fooled with ice out predictions this year. The mild, almost non-existent winter, had many predicting ice off the lakes in March. There just wasn’t…

Politics and evangelicals

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. What used to be a source of pride for me has become a source of shame. My father’s family had evangelical roots since coming to North America almost…

Libraries are lifesavers

by Thomas Smith Having fun isn’t hard, when you’ve got a library card. I love libraries. Ever since I was a kid, libraries have been a happy and welcoming space. Every time I enter, I…

A time for ad blockers

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. It’s the curling bonspiel season and I’ve been watching a lot of the games on television. Exciting to watch, but too much time in front of the TV…

The bird warning us

From Shaman’s Rock By Jim Poling Sr. It’s been an odd winter and as it fades into spring it seems to be getting odder. One of this winter’s oddest things is the absence of birds.…

Whither goes the Frost Centre?

From Shaman's Rock by Jim Poling Sr. It was roughly one year ago that I wrote about the dark, worried feelings I had about the Frost Centre on St. Nora Lake just south of Dorset.…

Baby’s first Snowball

by Thomas Smith This weekend marked my first ever Dorset Snowball. I must say, I am thoroughly impressed. Mother Nature luckily cooperated for my first ever Snowball and provided said snow to make said balls.…

A Valentine’s Day pondering

by Thomas Smith I am a hopeless romantic. Some may call me a sucker that falls for clever marketing. Jewelry, chocolates, flowers, cards. Do I get one of everything, or will they want one of…

Ban dangerous hockey violence

From Shaman's Rock by Jim Poling Sr. The fighting in hockey debate is raging again, intensified by a recent ugly Pacific Junior Hockey League brawl. A player grabbed an opposing team’s goaltender in a guillotine…

See you soon

by Emily Stonehouse I’ve been keeping a secret.Well, as much of a secret as you can when you have a very public-facing job and are active on social media. So really, not much of a…