Accept sacrifices: save the future

By Jim Poling Sr. Mother Nature is no longer simply disappointed in us; she is blazing angry.Her anger is evident throughout the world this month. Killer mudslides in Japan. Parts of Germany devasted by unprecedented…

Mind your own business

By Jim Poling Sr. An interesting anniversary passed virtually unnoticed last Sunday: the 204th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.Austen, in the two centuries after her passing, became world famous for her novels interpreting and critiquing…

Did Neanderthals have more fun?

By Jim Poling Sr. You have to wonder whether the Neanderthals of 50,000 years ago lived better lives than we genius Homo Sapiens of the super tech 21st century.The Neanderthals lived in caves and had…

Wet bulb temperatures

By Laurie Sweig I read an interesting article this week about wet bulb temperatures.  according to the CBC article, a wet-bulb temperature is a theoretical measurement that combines temperature and humidity. As we all know,…

Our hot future

By Jim Poling Sr. I’ve been worrying about my granddog Rusty who has been suffering through the West Coast heat wave.Rusty has a daily walk and on a recent outing during unusually warm temperatures he…

Daises and lucky Canadians

By Jim Poling Nature regularly shows us that life doesn’t have to be as complicated as we sometimes make it. It’s showing us again this month with a spectacular display of one of its simplest,…

When it’s broken …

By Jim Poling Sr. Imagine you are a potter whose prized vase slides from slippery fingers and falls to the floor.If it is only cracked, you try to patch it. If it is shattered, you…

The blackfly Catch-22

By Jim Poling Sr. One positive aspect of climate change is the theory that it warms our northern reaches making them less hospitable to blackflies, the spring curse of anyone who spends time in or…

Morning pages

By Laurie Sweig Writing morning pages is a method of journaling. It was created by Julia Cameron. It’s part of the 12-week process that is outlined in her book The Artist’s Way. Initially the book was meant…

Racism that degrades us all

By Jim Poling Sr. The sorrowful story of Canadian residential schools, established to wipe away Indigenous languages and culture, is back in the headlines.What returned it to the forefront is the discovery of unmarked graves…

America: One sick puppy

By Jim Poling Sr. It’s refreshing to hear a politician say what he or she is thinking, rather than just tonguing to lick up votes.“It begs the damn question: what the hell is going on…

The plant we love to hate

By Jim Poling Sr. There’s a shortage of everything this COVID-19 spring. Everything from lumber to foodstuffs to ATVs and nursing home rooms.Everything is on back order; everything except - dandelions. There are billions and…

Return of the messenger

By Jim Poling Sr. I am standing at the kitchen window, sipping morning coffee, when he arrives.He is but a tiny bright flash flitting by, nothing spectacular or unusual on a clear and sunny morning.…

Reversing Type 2 diabetes

By Laurie Sweig Recently I have heard from three different sources that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed. I had always understood that once you had Type 2 diabetes you had it for the rest…

Living with threats

By Jim Poling Sr. Life is full of contradictions. They are everywhere. Just look at our everyday catchphrases:“Silence is golden.” Yet, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”“The pen is mightier than the sword.” But, “Actions…

A tulip under the oak canopy

By Jim Poling Sr. When the gates creak open on our pandemic prison I plan to take a long, peaceful road trip.When I think long road trip my mind usually swings south. Trips like Route…

Obstacle course

By Laurie Sweig We’ve been stuck at home for a long time now. Somehow over the past year the extra time we got back from not travelling to and from work has been sucked right…

Stories of the forest

By Jim Poling Sr. There is no greater power on earth than stories. Stories help us to understand the world around us; understanding makes it easier to cope.There is much to cope with this spring.…

Why COVID-19 is winning

By Jim Poling Sr. Canada is a much lesser country than it used to be.COVID-19 has done that. We Canadians have allowed COVID-19 to reduce our country to a third-world type player barely able to…

Thinking about what ails me

By Jim Poling Sr. Oh dear, my ophi has returned. I tried to hold it back, but it walloped me into a dizzy spell.A picture taker on Kushog Lake is to blame for my relapse.I…

The fine line

By Laurie Sweig I love moving my body. That may not be a surprise to anyone. I have always maintained some level of fitness. My fitness has ebbed and flowed over the years but it…