Beauty in a marshland

By Jim Poling Sr. I was having one of those bad days that everyone has. Hot water tank gave out, thunder storm took out satellite service and a boat flying a flag with an obscenity…

Good advice from Norman

By Jim Poling Sr. The best advice given the way the world is recently came from a man celebrating his 100th birthday.Norman Lear, who produced the famous 1970s Archie Bunker show titled All in the…

The monarchy: A needed tradition?

By Jim Poling Sr. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.I’m looking at a picture that tells me everything I need to know with one seven-letter word – madness.It’s a wire…

Turn on the audio

By Jim Poling Sr. It’s the time of summer craft sales and I find myself in a sunlit park helping a daughter display and sell some of her artwork. I’ve tossed some of my own…

Give them our respect

By Jim Poling Sr. A friend is ill and not doing well. I’m watching her closely and, if the illness looks incurable, I will end her life.The friend is not a human, of course. She…

Congrats, 2022 Grads

By Sue Tiffin I’m proud of this little newspaper, and the people who do good things that make for the stories that fill it. This week is no exception.  What is exceptional this week, is…

Letter to the Editor: July 6

The best days are spent fishing To the Editor, The 2022 Canada Day Kids Fishing Derby is in the books and what a day it was! We had over 330 kids participate! The excitement and…

Listen to the dark winds

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock Dark winds are blowing. Some real. Some fictional.  The real ones are clearly seen. The wild ice storms, droughts and floods of climate change. Ukrainians dying in rainstorms of…

To ink or not to ink

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock July 17 is National Tattoo Day and I’ve been thinking about getting one. Some years back I wanted to get a screaming eagle tattoo on my chest, but was…

Let’s not get too relaxed

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock The COVID-19 pandemic is over. That seems to be a consensus in a world that has succumbed to COVID fatigue. Most people have tossed their masks. Government mandates and…

Pictures that cause pain

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock Working in the news industry can be depressing. It is work that draws much criticism and little praise. The men and women who gather and report news get blamed…

Bread is making us bedbug crazy

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock I now know why our world has gone crazy. It’s from eating rye bread.  Rye is a bewitched grain. We know that from modern research into the Salem witch…

A gun range disgrace

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock An organized gun range is a beautiful place. It’s a classroom – indoors or out – because it teaches valuable lessons. Lessons in safety and care and maintenance of…

The beaver ate my dock

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock I try to be Mr. Nice with my critter neighbours at the lake. It is becoming more difficult, however. Much more difficult, especially this spring. I feed and comfort…

Make life easier for women

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's RockThe abortion debate has flared into rage again in the United States, spilling of course, into Canada and elsewhere. Much time, energy and money is spent arguing whether governments should…

Here come the little guys

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock They are on their way! You should be spotting them any day now.  The last time I checked they were crossing Lake Erie and some areas of southern Ontario…

Welcome to the bug world

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock As we brace for a new bug season, I find myself hoping for a banner bug year.  Not for blackflies, mosquitoes, midges or wasps, but for dragonflies and their…

A time for a change

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock The changes that show we have moved from winter into spring are almost complete. Most ice has gone from lakes and ponds. The woods are brown and bleak without…

A community loss

By Sue Tiffin Last week, after hearing of the collision that occurred near Kinmount, my heart – like the heart of so many others in our community – sank. When I received the press release…

A criminal above the law

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman's Rock It has been more than 150 years since Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote Crime and Punishment, but the main character of his famous novel could well have been today’s Russian president,…

Waiting for the robins

By Jim Poling Sr.From Shaman’s Rock Robins are harbingers of spring, which officially arrived almost three weeks ago. So where is the spring weather, and where are the robins? It’s April, the daffodil month, and…