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Retreating from the Retreat

Mar 26, 2018 | Dan Needles

For most of the century before I arrived, this old house hosted a parade of smoker-drinker-carnivores who poured Paris green arsenic on their potato plants and thought cleansing of any kind was weakening.

The Case for Civility

Nov 22, 2017 | Dan Needles

That made me think – grumpy old middle-class white guys who live in the country?

Signs the Bubble May Burst

Sep 16, 2017 | Dan Needles

“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.”

Science Projects

Jun 21, 2017 | Dan Needles

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.

Grounding Exercises

Mar 20, 2017 | Dan Needles

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.

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.

Hard Work for Hard Water

Sep 16, 2016 | Dan Needles

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?

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

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.

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.