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“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

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

“I’ve had a little mishap here.”

A Writer’s Retreat

Nov 25, 2015 | Dan Needles

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

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

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

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.

When Birds Go Bad

Sep 11, 2014 | Dan Needles

“Don’t worry. You didn’t kill him. It takes at least a two-by four to kill a rooster.”

The Patter of Little Feet

Jun 17, 2014 | Dan Needles | Back Issues | Community | Departments | In Every Issue | Summer 2014

Looking after babies, even baby rabbits, is one of the best fertility treatments you can take.

Wood Up

Mar 23, 2014 | Dan Needles

On a farm with fencerows and five acres of bush, wood is basically free.

This Old House

Nov 19, 2013 | Dan Needles

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.

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