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Signs the Bubble May Burst

Sep 16, 2017 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

“Painted barns are a symptom of an overheated economy, just like the whiz kids driving around downtown Toronto in a BMW with two payments made on it.”

A frog is an amphibian. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

Science Projects

Jun 21, 2017 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

If you’ve ever wondered why they have height, width and weight restrictions on science projects at your school, it’s because of cousin Eddie’s corn dryer.

Real change happens when a group of like-minded people get together on a Saturday morning to pull old tires and bedsprings out of a river. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

Grounding Exercises

Mar 20, 2017 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

I discovered at an early age that people who work outside with their hands tend to be more grounded than the rest of the population.

Admit there’s a problem. You bought the horse years ago for a ten-year-old daughter who swore she would brush it every day and lavish it with affection. That was before she discovered boys, clothes, makeup and Facebook. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

Dr. Purvis’s 12 Steps to Getting Horse-Free

Nov 22, 2016 | Dan Needles | Departments

“Nothing lives longer than a horse with a health problem!” says the vet as he purrs out the lane in his limited edition Land Rover.

“You’re at 40 feet now. What’s your plan if you don’t hit water today?” Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

Hard Work for Hard Water

Sep 16, 2016 | Dan Needles | Departments

Will it last through the family reunion this weekend? Should I have it tested? How do I explain delicately to the guests that long showers are not an option?

I fought down the surge of adrenalin and said firmly, “You are not going to catch this fish. Just enjoy the moment and don’t do anything stupid.” Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

A Fish Story

Jun 20, 2016 | Dan Needles | Departments

Then the sun emerged and I saw a glint of gold rim on the gravel bottom.

A Puff of Straw

Mar 21, 2016 | Dan Needles | Departments

“I’ve had a little mishap here.”

A Writer’s Retreat

Nov 25, 2015 | Dan Needles | Back Issues

There was a lot of crumpled paper on the floor, the theme music would falter, and you could see this was all pretty difficult for him.

The Postman

Sep 11, 2015 | Dan Needles | Community

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. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

A Favourite Duck

Jun 16, 2015 | Dan Needles | Back Issues

Ferdinand followed Duke around all day, trying to chase cats with him and bark when visitors arrived.

“Really?” I said. “Nobody ever told me anything about blowing it up.” Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

A Blast from the Past

Mar 23, 2015 | Dan Needles | Back Issues

It’s so long ago, it’s probably safe to tell the story now.

A Hymn to the Small Hall

Nov 17, 2014 | Dan Needles | Back Issues

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.

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