Dreaming of life without digital

By Jim Poling Sr. From Shaman's Rock How sad that the sweetest dreams never last long, or come true. Just the other night my fantastically happy dream evaporated into the shrill ring of my mobile…

Surviving lives in the forest

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock There was no finer sight for a New Year’s morning. At the edge of a freshly snow-covered clearing behind my place stood a whitetail doe and her fawn.  The…

O Night Divine!

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman’s Rock (This column is a story I have written and told many times. I’m repeating it because for me Christmas without it would not be Christmas.) --- Fresh fallen snow…

Those ‘supply chain issues’

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock It’s enough to drive a person to drink – if you can find anything to drink. Ontario’s liquor board is the latest to announce that “supply chain issues” may…

Hitting my mung

By Jim Poling Sr. From Shaman's Rock We’re all scanning the dark clouds of COVID-19 for a silver lining – a silvery puff to float us above the anguish of this nightmare disease and the…

That other pandemic

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock There’s another pandemic infecting Canadians, and millions of others around the world. It’s a pandemic-within-the-pandemic and medical experts say it will continue long after COVID-19 is brought under control.…

The problems of economic growth

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock I’ve been struggling with a problem that many older cottage owners are facing. Cottages used to be family heritage items passed from one generation to the next. Passing them…

End the eye care dispute now!

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock We live in a world of negotiations. When you need a new auto, house or a better TV service you negotiate an agreement. The purpose of negotiations is to…

Returning to a brighter future

By Darren LumReporter If the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s to be thankful for what we have because we know from living during this time that what we know can be taken away with…

Have you arranged snow clearing yet?

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock If you managed to find regular snowploughing for the coming winter, it likely wasn’t easy and you likely are paying more for it. Snowplough operators big and small have…

Remembering stories

By Sue Tiffin It is such an honour to speak with people and hear their stories. This is true every day for people who work in journalism, but all the more so around this time…

The battery revolution

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock Now that the gas-powered lawn mowers, grass trimmers and leaf blowers are being tucked away for winter, I’m wondering how many will be back out next spring. A revolution…

Do good things

By Sue Tiffin Throughout this edition of your paper, you’ll see a multitude of stories that are intrinsically about people doing good things to help others.  Those who sit on the Haliburton Highlands Art Centre…

Into the darkness

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock The clock ‘falls back’ one hour Sunday Nov. 7 when Daylight Saving Time (DST) is suspended for the winter months. I’m not unhappy about that, but some people are.…

Thatta boy, Will!

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock Suddenly, the Royal family no longer bores me to tears. I’ve yawned through years of watching the Queen deliver stultifying television addresses with her cut-glass upper-class accent.  And, one…

Taking over the world

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock They are everywhere. In the 70 acres of bush that I call home in Haliburton County, I estimate there are nearly 300 of them, and many more just beyond…

Guns and autumn

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock This is the golden time; the best days of the year. Sparkling sunbeams spill from a brilliant blue sky. Golden bronze and crimson leaves catch them, then lose their…

Shapeshifting for the future

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock While we humans continue to fret and argue about climate change, animals have already started to adapt to it.  That’s really no surprise because some folks, me included, believe…

Spitting during the pandemic

By Jim Poling Sr. You gotta love autumn baseball, especially when the Blue Jays are providing such dramatic late-season entertainment.Toronto’s team has given Major League Baseball (MLB) - the entire sport in fact - a…

A summer to remember

By Grace Oborne As I reflect on how my summer has gone thus far, from the hammock in which I sit in, I look out only to see the sun beaming onto Canning Lake. I…

Showering in my undershorts

By Jim Poling Sr. Have the feeling that someone is listening and watching?I have that feeling more often these days. It’s more than a feeling. It has become a belief.The other night the television went…