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.
I shared a party line with Kenny for 20 years. It was a forerunner to the Internet chat room and I found it essential for staying abreast of current affairs.
Ferdinand followed Duke around all day, trying to chase cats with him and bark when visitors arrived.
It’s so long ago, it’s probably safe to tell the story now.
The community hall is one of the very last places where we are allowed to get together and make something out of nothing, just for the fun of it.
“Don’t worry. You didn’t kill him. It takes at least a two-by four to kill a rooster.”
Looking after babies, even baby rabbits, is one of the best fertility treatments you can take.
On a farm with fencerows and five acres of bush, wood is basically free.
There is one stubborn neuron in this neighbourhood’s collective brain that will not die and it makes people refer to my house as The Old Currie Place.
Apart from the little tufts of dental floss sticking out of her head, she looked pretty good.
My son came home one weekend early last spring and asked, “Why don’t you plant some grapevines here on the farm, Dad?”
I am allowed to grow a small number for my own use, but if I tried to sell the eggs or the broilers in any quantity, I would be visited by a chicken policeman in a big black Ford.
For the longest time I had the gnawing feeling that something was happening somewhere and I didn’t know about it.
I was hoeing the garden when Dillinger suddenly came around the henhouse, trotting along like he was on his way to the bank. He was sunburned and covered with dirt.
The men in your family remind me of a dog I once had. He was very good at letting you know what might happen.
I bought my own farm, married a farm girl from the next township, and settled down to a view of Georgian Bay and the life of a hunter-gatherer, or “freelancer,” to use the ancient Ojibway term.