Jim Furlong

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*Originally published in our June 12-18, 2022 issue
The race does not always go to the swiftest or so we are told in Ecclesiastes. The cold reality is that it usually does and smart money bets it that way. 
Those words are a grim reminder that the bloody war in

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*Originally published in our May 29-June 4, 2022 issue
It’s an odd concept “to belong” to something, but I’m convinced it’s an important part of being a human.
A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail inviting me to be a part of the annual general meeting of the Avalon

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*Originally printed in our May 22-28, 2022 issue
Given all the problems we have with alcohol in our society it is with some reluctance I tell you of the way things were in the press gallery of the House of Assembly. Not to dismiss all the bad things associated with

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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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*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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