Deception Pinocchio style 

By Jim Poling Published Sept. 15 2016 Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Sir Walter Scott had never heard of Ontario when he wrote that line for his play…

Thoughts for food 

Summer its days fading quickly has been generous and kind this year. Sunshine aplenty but without the scorching heat predicted to become a regular feature of climate change. Gardens have done well despite slightly less…

Yellow jackets and EpiPens

Their work for the year almost done the  yellow jacket wasps now have time to explore human spaces and the leftovers they contain. There is much to explore. Fruit is ripening on the trees and…

In the pink 

Blink a couple of times and the fall hunting season will be here. So it’s time to start checking the hunting gear. It used to be enough to check just the shotguns rifles ammos knives…

Lessons from the birds 

One hundred and two years ago - at 1 p.m. on Sept. 1 to be exact - someone walked past the Cincinnati Zoo bird cage and saw Martha on the cage floor drumsticks up. Martha…

Beer and conversationsBy Jim Poling  

There are moments when you miss the ‘good old days.’ Well maybe just pieces of the ‘good old days.’ We live in times with so many important issues to talk about. So many challenges to…

Home runs and history 

By Jim Poling Published Aug. 4 2016 In Cooperstown New York it’s all baseball. All baseball all the time. All baseball everywhere. I’m part of the baseball mania here cheering for my grandson and his…

Our shrinking sandbox 

By Jim Poling Published July 28 2016 Just when you think the world has enough to worry about . . . . Now it seems our planet is running out of sand. Yes sand. Who…

Mr. Mercedes 

Mr. Mercedes would wear a smile wide as a western horizon if he travelled Haliburton County roads this summer. So many potential victims to choose from. Joggers walkers cyclists. All poised to be smacked down…

Into the ghostly cabin 

This is the third and final instalment of a summer campfire ghost story. The open door revealed a scene like nothing Shainie had ever seen. Shafts of sunlight entering the broken windows and cracks in…

The cabin at Ghostly Point

By Jim Poling Sr. Published July 7 2016 This is the second instalment of a campfire ghost story. See the first part here . A local legend told that on nights when the grey mist following…

The cabin at Ghostly Point

Summer without campfire stories? No way! Here’s one of mine that we will publish in three parts over the next three weeks. Grey twilight fell across the far shore of Shkendang Lake obscuring bit by…

The art of splitting wood 

By Jim Poling Published June 23 2016 It was a long ago scene from a time before invention of smart phones that take video. That’s unfortunate because what I saw then would have made a…

The joys of gardening 

It has been excellent weather for the vegetable garden thank you Ms. Weatherwoman. The peas beans carrots and corn are jumping so it looks like we’ll have veggies galore later this summer and into the…

Night in the forest

Evening shadows arrive like cloaked ninjas descending silently into the treetops. Soon all light dims into non-existence consumed by the night. The forest is a different world in the dark. Anything living or travelling in…

A forest fable

It was the beavers those clever industrious engineers who had the idea: Turn house building into an industry that would create jobs and build a strong economy benefitting all forest creatures. The industry boomed. Prefab…

ColumnsColumns

The age of information 'lite' By Jim Poling Published May 26 2016 You might recall from school days the story of the young Greek guy who sat beside a pool saw his image reflected in…

Coming from America 

The Canadian customs officer feeds my passport into the scanner then looks up and asks: “What are you bringing back with you?” I supress the urge to say what I always want to say after…

Meeting Rusty 

So here I am in California getting to know Rusty. He was withdrawn and wary at our first meeting. That’s understandable considering he spent his earliest days in the mean neighbourhoods of Los Angeles. Now…

The Shoal Lake Caper

It is remarkable how small events often mark major change. There was such an event last week. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent last Thursday at the Shoal Lake First Nation in Manitoba which has been…

Lines on the road

By Jim Poling April 28 2016 The last few stubborn patches are gone finally but in a way it is sad to see the snow go. Snow covers more than just autumn’s decay. It hides…