Worry over Frost Centre lands

By Jim Poling Sr. It’s official. The “For Sale” sign is up at the Frost Centre on Highway 35 just south of Dorset.Workers were out early last Saturday morning assembling a huge sign offering the…

Vitamin N

By Laurie Sweig Last week I had the privilege of attending the grand opening of the Barnum Creek Nature Reserve in the Haliburton area. This 500 acres of land was donated to the Haliburton Highlands…

When the red, red robin . ..

By Jim Poling Sr. Now you see them, now you don’t.The robins were everywhere until recently. Listening and pecking for worms beside the house. Flitting branch to branch back in the woods as they searched…

Setting a better example

By Jim Poling Sr. Young people are getting much of the blame for the soaring number of infections in what is being called the second wave of COVID-19.You know, the private house parties, those crazy…

Healthspan

By Laurie Sweig The term “healthspan” has been popping up frequently in the last while. I looked up the definition and it is “The part of a person’s life during which they are generally in…

October, a bad news month

By Jim Poling Sr. Welcome to October, a nice month with a reputation for pre-winter fun gatherings, fall beauty and OK weather.This October is different. Octoberfests are out. Crowded Thanksgiving dinners are not recommended. Halloween…

Take a breath

By Laurie Sweig I had a client who was a radiologist. During one of our strength training workouts I was coaching him on breathing. The optimum way to breathe when lifting weights is to exhale…

The arch of the foot

By Laurie Sweig As far as anatomy goes, the arch in our foot is not a body part. The arch is created when the muscles and bones in the foot are working well. It’s the…

Making earth great again

By Jim Poling Sr. The egg shells were the final insult.I awoke early today and rushed to the bedroom window, anxious to look out and spot any signs of fresh activity in the nightly war…

Can individual passion save us?

By Jim Poling Sr. "All the rainbows in the skyStart to weep, then say goodbyeYou won’t be seeing rainbows any more ...”I was listening to those lyrics when I opened a newspaper to a shocking…

Ample opportunity

By Chad Ingram I've covered Haliburton County council for a long time – a dozen years next month – and in that time, I've never seen a council so concerned about providing ample opportunity for…

Cottage country facing change?

By Jim Poling Sr. The annual lull after the storm of summer visitors to cottage country doesn’t seem to have materialized as fully as in past years. Lake access parking lots still hold plenty of…

Misinformation: The cancer among us

By Jim Poling Sr.  It was a pleasant late summer day. A perfect day for some relaxing recreation, so a buddy and I hopped on ATVs and headed off to Sherborne Lake, one of the…

Blood pressure

By Laurie Sweig   I have to admit I knew very little about blood pressure until writing this article. I did know that having a blood pressure reading that is too high or too low…

Killing the cormorants

By Jim Poling Sr.  The big black bird controversy that got its modern start almost 400 years ago is raging again.It was back in the 1660s that the English poet John Milton stoked the controversy…

Cortisone shots

By Laurie Sweig Up until almost two months ago I had never had a cortisone shot in my life. Given my level of activity over the years I am both grateful and proud of that…

An autumn for getting serious

By Jim Poling Sr.  Autumn is a time for action. The animals of the forest know that, and supposedly so do we humans. But the animals are much smarter. They see signs – fading leaves,…

The voice in the grapevine 

By Jim Poling Sr.    I was having a genuinely down moment saying goodbye at the end of a physical distancing visit to my son’s home in Hamilton.   We don’t get to see our…

Avoid poor circulation or fix it

Avoid poor circulation or fix it   By Laurie Sweig   There are so many benefits to moving every single part of our bodies that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Here’s another to…

Mushrooms and dirty diapers 

By Jim Poling Sr.    When I walk the woods these days I realize that I am seeing only a fraction what is here.   The trees, the low-growing bushes and the animals all are…

Keto concerns 

By Laurie Sweig   So many people are trying the keto diet. I have not been part of the cheering section for this diet or any diet that restricts the consumption of any real types…