The Way I See It

To escape for a bit is human (and vital)

December 12, 2016 - 5:00am

KAMLOOPS — Yesterday morning was a magical one. Snow and temperatures below 10 for a change after days of almost minus 15. Puppy and I found our way to Peterson Creek and, aside from snow, we found exuberance. It’s perhaps a stretch to attribute that to a silent landscape partially lost in snow, but it was there. We followed our noses up a trail as if on some treasure hunt.

Christmas is never poorer without Santa

December 5, 2016 - 5:10am

KAMLOOPS — A couple of days ago, a CBC news headline caught my eye. It was about the myth of Santa and whether it is a beloved tradition or a damaging lie. A study concluded that perpetuating the Santa myth damages children’s trust in their parents and ultimately the kids’ mental health may suffer too. Other psychiatrists agreed that the myth can seriously affect children who already have trust issues. 

Saving bees one ban proposal at a time

November 28, 2016 - 5:00am Updated: November 28, 2016 - 8:43am

KAMLOOPS — Down the street from where we live on the way to the trails there is a sign that says ‘Honey for sale’. I like that. We always buy local honey. We use beeswax candles only and I use propolis to make tincture and propolis-infused calendula ointment using our garden grown flowers and beeswax. There’s a lot of bee stuff in our family life for sure, save for beekeeping, which we might take to in the future.

Social conscience should be on this year’s Christmas holiday wish list

November 21, 2016 - 9:08am

KAMLOOPS — Exactly four days ago my family and I moved from one area of Kamloops to another. Before packing up the house we selected the items we no longer use but are still in good condition and we took them to a couple of our thrift stores of choice (ran by volunteers and raising money for worthy causes.)

Waiting until after Nov. 11 to put up Christmas decorations is the least we can do for veterans

November 11, 2016 - 11:15am Updated: November 14, 2016 - 11:16am

IT WAS EXACTLY on Nov. 1 that some of the neighbourhood pumpkins showed a last candle-less unglamorous grin before they were replaced with Christmas light garlands. An early bird special, I thought, but isn’t the day after Halloween too early?

There is Remembrance Day in between, which is when we ought to give proper honours to our veterans before moving on to the jolliness of the season. There is room enough for both.

Water for pigs and other crimes against society

October 28, 2016 - 12:15pm Updated: November 14, 2016 - 11:16am

A FEW WEEKS AGO, an Ontario woman (a known animal activist) gave water to a few pigs headed for the slaughterhouse. The pigs were in a truck and the water was given through slots and there was no big crime other than interfering with the man-made string of events involving pigs that are to be rendered for human consumption.

Environmentally speaking, we’re really, really messing things up

October 26, 2016 - 12:17pm Updated: November 14, 2016 - 11:17am

THE LAST TWO weeks have been tragic in many ways. If you’ve read the news and are perhaps waiting for something positive on the diesel spill near Bella Bella, you most likely know about the unacceptable low-class response that came from the government.

Yes, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans PR team build a nice little positive update stating that the tug boat that leaked diesel into the water has been pumped clean and the attention is now focused on removing the Nathan E. Stewart barge from the waters near Bella Bella. Right. And then?

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