Author: Jim Furlong

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I was flipping through an old Newfoundland recipe book from 1979 and came upon molasses bull’s eyes. That’s a confection from my youth. Mrs. Power’s candy store on New Gower just down from Andrews Range had the best. 
My son, who was in the room the other night, had never

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It is a funny place to look, but the philosopher Aristotle refers to men of “practical wisdom.” That’s a kind of virtue that leads to wise decisions.
Aristotle believed that to become a virtuous man, in addition to abstract wisdom, you needed practical wisdom.
It lies with those who have

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*Column originally appeared in our April 17-23, 2022 issue
The subject is COVID. There had been a promise to myself to not write about it anymore because people had heard enough from me on most aspects of it. A visit to a local restaurant showed me “everything ain’t been said.”

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Column published in our April 10-16, 2022 issue
You know I do not usually watch the Oscars. I have not in years. They have been to me an example of wretched excess and were something to be avoided. There was always someone crying about something or other, or trying to

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*Column from our April 3-9 issue
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh have come up with a deal that will keep the Liberals in power until 2025. It’s not a political coalition but rather an announcement of “supply and confidence”. 
In a word, the NDP will support

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*Originally published in our March 27-April 2, 2022 issue
This is an important time for our world. This is serious business. We are going to find out something about ourselves here on earth over the next weeks and months. 
There’s emerging from the brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine a deep

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Column from our March 6-12, 2022 issue
it was a scene oft repeated on wharfs in St. John’s harbour. A ship docks and hearses from local funeral parlours roll up to offload a tragic cargo. 
So it was last week when recovered bodies from the sunken Spanish trawler Villa de

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