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*Originally published in our August 14-20, 2022 issue
There’s moments in life that just stand out in each generation. For folks in their 50s and up, the moon landing in 1969 was one of the bigger events, but the passing of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, on

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*Originally published in our August 7-13, 2022 issue
There was a sadness about Pope Francis when he arrived in Canada on his tour of “penance” last week. He’s a decent fellow and genuinely has offered apologies and sought forgiveness for the sins of the Roman Catholic Church against Indigenous children

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Did you ever think you’d see a heat warning cancel a major event in the city of St. John’s? I can’t say I’d have it on my what-to-expect-when-expecting-2022 bingo card, but here we are, living in both the pandemic and global warming era.
Don’t believe in global warming? The 2022

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There was a time when summers in Newfoundland were only a short break from winter woes. Our summer started when the caplin stopped rolling and was done and over with by Regatta week. 
Well, things have certainly changed. Fire bans are in place and a forest fire in Conception Bay

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It has a hold on us that defies explanation, but to us born and bred “corner boys,” the Royal St. John’s Regatta is the highpoint of our summer.
In that peculiar liturgy of the city Regatta Day is surely our Christmas. 
Now you might be surprised at the number of

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*Originally published in our July 24-30, 2022 issue
You know I am privileged to live in a major centre (all things are relative) and to have a family doctor. The corridors of the Health Sciences are familiar to me because I have been there many times with the assorted afflictions

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If you know the song Aunt Martha’s Sheep by Dick Nolan and Ellis Coles then you are familiar with the words “Come gather all around me and I’ll sing to you a tale, about the boys in Carmanville who almost went to jail…” 
For those unfamiliar, those young fellas tried

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*Originally published in our July 17-23, 2022 issue
I am older now and things have changed. I noticed that on the back deck of our home a couple of evenings ago. It was nice and warm, and the sun was dipping below the tree line. 
Not a cloud in the

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*Originally published in our July 17-23, 2022 issue
The Nobel Prize winning Irish poet William Butler Yeats often receives credit for the phrase, ‘There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met,’ and that sentiment applies perfectly to anyone you encounter throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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*Originally published in our July 10-16, 2022 issue
Just as I thought the damage was done and the much-repudiated Donald Trump had exited the stage we find his ghost still haunts the halls, at least for a little while longer.  
The democratic process in the United States said a

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