When I was a kid growing up in Northern Ontario, getting a Christmas tree often involved bumping down some icy back road, breaking trail into the forest and cutting one down. That might make some environmentalists cringe, but not as much as plastic. The verdict has long been out and it’s pretty clear. Buy real. […]
A peaceful morning moment in Orillia, Ontario. One thing I love about this town: how the streets turn into an old-fashioned tableaux as soon as the first snow arrives.
These days, there isn’t much to love around here. Think sky like dirty laundry and earth muddy with non-stop rain. Those autumn leaves are still lying around, but they’re losing their colour as quickly as weathered copper. Maybe with the arrival of the beast pictured above (currently assaulting Des Moines, Iowa, where “ice fog” is […]
Imagine this: you’re standing in a train station, minding your own business, reading a magazine or staring at your fingernails, when all of a sudden the whole place begins to rumble with the arrival of a locomotive. A whistle blows. Steam billows into the air. Everyone watches as the behemoth pulls to a screaming stop, […]
In my part of the world, it isn’t April that’s the cruelest month. It’s November: grey, damp, dark at 5:00 and shadowed by the anticipation of the long winter tunnel that awaits. Yesterday morning, weather predictions called for 15 to 20 centimetres of snow (that’s about 5 to 8 inches, for you non-metric folks) in […]
…that’s just wrong. Â Snow squall warnings. An inch or so of the white stuff. Will it never end? As aÂ merry Easter and a joyous Long Weekend to all who celebrate this particular holiday, a sign of hope fromÂ my friend Julie: Â Â The earliest, odd-looking beginning of rhubarb in her backyard garden. Soon enough, […]