The window 

By Jim Poling I t was one of the those wood frame windows they built into 2 ½-storey family homes 100 years ago. Perhaps four feet tall and 2 ½ feet wide with a push…

The Next Revolution 

A malaise – that vague sense that something is not right – has us in its grip. It’s not the March malaise that accompanies the weariness of winter and yearning for spring. It’s a malaise that…

Tattoos and Star Wars

By Jim Poling Sr. I ’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo. Thinking hard. Getting a tattoo is no lightweight decision. What statement do I want to make? What design? On which body part? These…

Little flu for now 

By Jim Poling It has not only been an unusually mild winter (except for last weekend) but an unusually mild influenza season. Everyone hopes it will stay that way. Up to Feb. 1 there had…

JuniorBook of the Month

Herecomes Valentine Cat byDeborah Underwood Catdoes not like Valentine’s Day. It’s too mushy and he’s notinterested in giving anyone a Valentine… especially not his newneighbour Dog. Dog has been howling and throwing his bones over thefence.…

Bathing suits on midnight swims? 

By Jim Poling Maybe it’s the fine winter weather. Little snow to shovel. Some ice but I’ve spread salt and sand on the driveway only once. Never any thought of having to shovel the roof.…

Courage in the cold 

By Jim Poling It was just before 1 a.m. on Feb. 3 1943 when the torpedo struck beginning one of the most inspirational stories of the Second World War. Most of the 904 men aboard…

Better late than never

By Jim Poling St. Nora Lake has frozen over finally. The ice was five inches thick at the start of this week. Great news for the snowmobile crowd and winter anglers. That’s the latest freeze-up…

Bold beautiful and foxy

By Jim Poling I saw him from the corner of my eye. He was standing statue still no more than 15 feet away staring into a pile of snow-covered rocks. He lunged forward nose into…

2016: The year of living differently?

By Jim Poling That was nice. The last two months of the year filled with optimism generated mostly by a new federal government. Lots of cooing and gushing about positive change. And a cheery -…

Sunny ways and cheap shots

By Jim Poling Sr. T he politicians are back on Parliament Hill apparently having learned little from October’s general election. It seems to me that we voters told them clearly that we want an end…

Whispers of winter 

By Jim Poling Gentle mists caress the lake like a mother’s hand massaging her child’s back calming her to sleep. Sleep for the lake is delayed this year. Winter’s approach usually loud and bullying is…

The bigger story behind Sherborne Road

By Jim Poling Sr. I t is remarkable how tiny pieces of news help us to see much larger worrisome trends. For instance we now learn that the Natural Resources Ministry has been poking about…

Snoopy would be proud   

By Jim Poling I have a new granddog. His name is Rusty and he is a rescued dog from Los Angeles. Rusty was given up by his owners who kept a bunch of backyard dogs…

Who is buying the pizza?

By Jim Poling I totally get why Education Minister Liz Sandals feels the way she does about receipts. They are a pain in the butt. So difficult to organize. Always impossible to find when needed.…

A tough way to earn a buck

By Jim Poling Sr. N ew book releases are tumbling into book shops book sites and libraries this fall almost as fast as the falling autumn leaves. As many as 20000 to 25000 new titles…

Water water everywhere but …

By Jim Poling Sr. A nyone who has taken a Las Vegas vacation likely has been to Hoover Dam about 30 miles southeast of the Nevada desert’s big glitz. The dam soaring 700-plus feet above…

Changing climate changing seasons

By Jim Poling Sr. T he autumn colours are late this year but few people are lamenting the delay especially considering that an extended summer is the cause. Our unusually  warm and sunny fall has…

Who’s not doing enough?

By Jim Poling Sr. P lease let’s cut all the political crap about how Canada is not doing nearly enough to help the millions of Syrians caught up in the world’s worst refugee crisis since…

Premier Pinocchio

By Jim Poling Sr. T he start of a new school year brings memories of Miss McTeague and Grade 3. Miss McTeague was a hard taskmaster when it came to simple arithmetic. Like two and…