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…

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…