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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 | Autumn 2014 | Back Issues | Community | Departments | In Every Issue

“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.

A Country Practice

Sep 11, 2013 | Dan Needles | Autumn 2013 | Back Issues | Community | Departments | In Every Issue

Apart from the little tufts of dental floss sticking out of her head, she looked pretty good.

The Year of the Grape

Jun 17, 2013 | Dan Needles

My son came home one weekend early last spring and asked, “Why don’t you plant some grapevines here on the farm, Dad?”

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