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Monica Duncan

Monica Duncan is a freelance writer who lives in Adjala.

Body, Mind, Soul, Spirit

Nov 17, 2014

In the dark and wintry days of Christmastide, with its millennia-deep roots in Christian and pagan traditions, ancestral spirits and lost loved ones seem to draw especially close. But for some denizens of the hills, such communion with the spirit world is a natural part of everyday human experience.

Writer Monica Duncan (left) enlisted the help of Claudia Hehr to “talk” with rescuedog Gus about his anxieties, and Gus obliged. Photo by Rosemary Hasner.

Good Dog Gus!

Jun 19, 2012

How Gus learned to stop biting people and love the new puppy.

Ursula Hart: “You take responsibility.” Photo by Pete Paterson.

All Creatures Great and Small

Nov 15, 2011

Ursula hart offers a welcoming haven for abandoned animals

Caledon’s Gypsy Connection

Sep 9, 2011

The versatile, friendly and compact Vanners are often compared to golden retrievers for their companion-animal qualities.

Karen Hutchinson in a neighbour’s wheat field

The Meaning of Red Fife

Aug 19, 2011

From farm to mill, a heritage grain makes a remarkable journey back to the future.

Babycakes with friend. Photo by Rosemary Hasner

Eat Your Heart Out, Dr. Seuss!

Jun 16, 2011

Alpacas like llamas, prudently dole out kisses. After a quick assessment, they’ll smooch you right on the lips.

Beekeepers

Valley of the Bees

May 14, 2011

Hockley honey comes from happy hives.

Refracted Light

Mar 24, 2011

Each of the Glasslands sculptures will represent a theme related to sustainable living.

Glasslands Musical Slideshow

Mar 24, 2011

View a musical video including more of the Glasslands photographs, reflect and enjoy. By Monica Duncan The striking photographs of crystal sculptures on display at The Alton Mill this May represent a work in progress. They are the first inspirational phase of artist Mark Raynes Roberts’ vision for a series of ten sculptures that will…

2010 Local Heroes: Rosa Alvarez

Nov 23, 2010

Click here to read the profiles of our other Local Heroes for 2010. The full-support model By Monica Duncan, Photography by Pete Paterson “I started studying belly dance and Argentinian tango at forty,” says Rosa Alvarez. “The instructor offered me my money back and told me I was the worst student she ever had.” But…

Caledon’s Whole Village produce is available at the Orangeville Farmers’ Market on summer Saturdays. Photo by Rosemary Hasner.

Grow Local

Jun 15, 2010

In these hills growing your own food seems to come with a renewed sense of purpose. Monica Duncan visits several kinds of local vegetable gardens – some of them new, some long established – and talks with the growers.

Our Own Eggs: Backyard Chickens

Mar 21, 2010

In a bid to become somewhat more self-sufficient, my husband and I recently decided to try keeping our own chickens for egg production.

Heads Up! The Hills of Headwaters Stable Tour

Jun 20, 2008

The Hills of Headwaters Stable Tour will “open the barn doors” to the public for an up-close and personal peek at the region’s horse industry.

In The Hills is an independent, locally owned print and online magazine that has earned its reputation as the best-read, best-loved magazine in Headwaters.

The magazine is delivered to more than 40,000 homes and farms throughout Caledon, Erin, Dufferin, Orangeville and Creemore – up to double the circulation of any other local publication. And it is available to visitors at local inns, restaurants, specialty retail stores and other tourist locations.