Have a little Faith

Is it just me or do dogs seem to have the whole “Why are we here?” thing figured out? It’s probably just me. Blame it on an overly active imagination fueled by a beagle-like need to know what’s on the other side of the fence. But who knows? By the time you finish reading this […]

A little perspective goes a long way

Two inmates were laying on their bunks in their cell. The one on top remarked, “I don’t like being confined in this prison. Life is so unfair.” The inmate on the bottom responded, “We should change our perspective. We should think of this as more of a gated community!” When life is unfair, as it […]

What determines wine prices?

It’s a fact of life: some wines simply cost more than others. There are many reasons for this. Let’s start in the vineyard. Certain grapes are harder to grow and require more vineyard management like pruning, canopy control and bacteria/pest prevention. Older vines produce less – but better – fruit, and maintaining them is more […]

Tourtière perfect for holiday open house

‘Tis the season to celebrate and each year the festivities seem to start a little earlier. Get a head start on your seasonal plans and consider these versatile recipes suitable for the entire holiday season. Traditionally, tourtière was served on Christmas Eve to begin holiday feasting. However, this versatile pie lends itself to buffet dining […]

Ma (Brie Larson) and Jack (Jacob Tremblay) explore the outside world in a scene from Room.

Room: love knows no boundaries

For love all love of other sights controls, And makes one little room an everywhere – John Donne (1572-1631)   Imagine you are five years old and the only world you have ever known is the inside of a garden shed. In the new film Room, a mother and child share a strong bond in […]

Cathy Kobza tells gardeners the buzz on bees at a recent Beach Garden Society meeting.
PHOTO: Mary Fran McQuade

Celebrating the B(ee) list

Everyone oohs and ahhs when they see butterflies in their garden, but most of us probably don’t get too excited when we see bees there. That’s changing – and for good reason. Those little bees that buzz around the flowers are indispensable to human life. I talked with apiarist (a.k.a. beekeeper) extraordinaire Cathy Kozma recently […]

Things I wish I’d known

I spent a whole lot of time worrying about my kids when they were little. Don’t get me wrong, I was functional – working, getting them to school or daycare – but I did worry. I worried about their safety. I worried about their health and their development. In part, I blame those ‘What to […]