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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

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?”

Chicken for Dinner

Mar 31, 2013 | Dan Needles

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.

A Reliable Source of Suspect Information

Nov 17, 2012 | Dan Needles

For the longest time I had the gnawing feeling that something was happening somewhere and I didn’t know about it.

Don’t worry, he said, the way the times are, even a pig knows you don’t walk away from a place where they’re feeding you. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

Free Range Pig

Sep 13, 2012 | Dan Needles

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.

A Life Cycle

Jun 19, 2012 | Dan Needles

The men in your family remind me of a dog I once had. He was very good at letting you know what might happen.

A Sense of Place

Mar 22, 2012 | Dan Needles

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.

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