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How I became the subject of a Vinyl Cafe story

How I became the subject of a Vinyl Cafe story

So long for now, Stuart McLean: Radio show host's death prompts outpouring
Jesse was a great guy and a soldier, not merely a statistic

Jesse was a great guy and a soldier, not merely a statistic

When you work in the news business in your hometown, as I have for more than a decade, you often end up writing about people you've known many years. This can be a joy, but there's been a few times when tragedy made it a whole different matter.
Column: YES Theatre's American Idiot shows depth of Sudbury talent

Column: YES Theatre's American Idiot shows depth of Sudbury talent

Costantini, then a precocious curly-haired tween, won the kids' portion of the contest, charming us with his covers of Disney songs. I've been thrilled to watch this young man, now aged 22, become one of the leaders of Sudbury's theatre community.
House concerts one of Sudbury's hidden gems

House concerts one of Sudbury's hidden gems

I step out of the cold February night into the warmth of David Wood and Diane McLean's spacious Sudbury home. There's a hubbub of voices coming from groups of people standing around a snack table, sipping wine. A cat winds around their feet.
Column: Celebrating Christmas Eve twice (10 photos)

Column: Celebrating Christmas Eve twice (10 photos)

I attended two Christmas Eve services recently, two weeks apart. The first was Dec. 24 at St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Copper Cliff.
Inspired by a man in a cape

Inspired by a man in a cape

Entrenched as we are in a cold and snowy winter, the warm summer evening I interviewed Jamie McDonald seems like a long time ago now. Dipping his hand into the Atlantic ocean in St. John’s, Nfld.
It's Groundhog Day ... again

It's Groundhog Day ... again

I have a bit of an admittedly-quirky tradition for Groundhog Day.

Quality seniors' care a smart investment

It happens all too often. A senior, Jane, is admitted to hospital for a relatively minor health problem and, while her treatment is successful, she becomes increasingly frail during her time in hospital.