Author and playwright Dan Needles is a recipient of the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Order of Canada. He lives on a small farm in Nottawa.
The Reformation of the Township DumpMar 20, 2023
No longer reminiscent of a Mad Max movie set, the township dump has become something of a pleasant, well-managed place, finds Dan Needles.
Taking the Learning Curve Too FastNov 20, 2022
Safely navigating the narrow, snow covered hills of Headwaters is no walk in the park, as many long-time residents attest and new arrivals quickly learn.
Suddenly There Came a TappingSep 20, 2022
I live in a haunted house. It’s been haunted for at least a century by all accounts, that is, by the neighbours’ accounts.
Animal Rights in the Laundry RoomJun 24, 2022
Two hundred years ago, my ancestors were tossed off the land during the clearances in Scotland and replaced by sheep, who ate less and could be sheared more often.
Learning to Visit AgainMar 29, 2022
I seemed to have forgotten how a visit is supposed to go.
Like Manna from HeavenNov 29, 2021
There is a lot of waiting around with mushrooms, just like there is in the military or the theatre or government roadwork.
Road Rage Comes to TownSep 24, 2021
For generations the only people in Canada who had a good word to say about Toronto were the ones living there. Now thousands of them have left to live here.
It’s the End of the World … AgainJun 22, 2021
As a scribbler I have always walked down the sunny side of the concession roads.
Who You Gonna Call?Mar 31, 2021
A country house has a lot of moving parts that can stop moving at any moment.
No Cause for AlarmNov 24, 2020
Given the choice between a Rolex watch and a 1948 Champion root pulper that weighs 500 pounds and needs sharpening, the burglar is more likely to take the watch.
When The Spirit MovesSep 18, 2020
I often tell my writing students that they are unlikely to get better at writing, but it is possible to get better at not writing.
Trying to be More Like DexterJun 25, 2020
Dexter wants us to believe he keeps us safe from coyotes, but this is a harmless fiction. The truth is he craves news and gossip as much as any of us.
A Halfway HenhouseMar 24, 2020
Chicken police from the provincial marketing board patrol the neighbourhood in big black Escalades.
A One-Horse Open SleighNov 22, 2019
In the haymow I found a red sleigh built by the McLaughlin Carriage Company about 1910, and I took it home to my own haymow 30 miles north where it sat forgotten for another 27 years.
Keeping the Mind Free of ReptilesSep 16, 2019
Science now agrees that changing your mind actually improves brain health.
Retirement Advice for the Self-employed LandownerJun 20, 2019
Age 65 came and went without a gold watch or a cake, or any of those earnest speeches assuring me how much I would be missed.
Champlain Slept HereMar 19, 2019
There was something totally manic about Champlain. He crossed the Atlantic some 27 times without losing a shipmate.
Finding Traction on the BackroadsNov 20, 2018
You made up your mind between one or the other when you turned 16 and you drove that make for the rest of your life. If you drove a Toyota into town, as I did, you would be watched …