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Rethinking Appalachia

Phil Jamison Hoedowns, Reels and Frolics: Roots and branches of Southern Appalachian Dance University of Illinois Press  (For Sing Out! magazine) Alex Ross wrote recently in the New Yorker that “when classical-music fans hear that […]

Le vent du nord

(For Sing Out! magazine) I suspect that the Quebecois band Le Vent du Nord is unfamiliar to many in the English-speaking world. Which is too bad, because they are exceptionally skilled, exceptionally […]

Growing up

 by Glen Herbert Looking at the current listing for Adult Contemporary within the Billboard Charts you’ll find two Taylor Swift singles along with songs from Meghan Trainor and Ed Sheeran. “Uptown Funk!”…

What we eat

Fear of Food: A History of Why We Worry about What We Eat by Harvey Levenstein Chicago Press, 2012 by Glen Herbert Whenever we talk about food, whether it’s just that or a…

Reading Disability

It’s discouraging to think that, since the Wizard of Oz was released as a feature film, the foremost image in North Americans’ minds of dwarfism has been the lollipop kids. Comical, childish, awkward, short—it…

Beyond borders

The following is an excerpt from Caring for Women, Changing Lives, a report written for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University.  Working Beyond Borders McMaster as a centre for […]

The Chrysalids at 60

(for Patriarch) Sixty years ago this year, John Wyndham published a post-apocalyptic thriller about, well, you know, kids with telepathy. Which sounds funny, because as much as that’s true, the book has resonated […]

Drafting

(For an online ancillary to the Harbrace Handbook for Canadians, 6th edition. ) Jack Kerouac is said to have written the entire manuscript for his novel On the Road at a single sitting, all improvised around […]

Being Noah Richler

Noah Richler’s blog regarding Jian Ghomeshi’s arrogance is informed, comically, by his own over-arching arrogance. The article is about him, and how he never succumbed. How he’s so above all this kind of […]

House of Horrors

Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, October 2014. When we were young, cooties were the height of disgust and fear. Never seen but horrifically imagined, they were the playground equivalent to serial killers. […]

In Our Own Backyard

“The whole world is full of things, and somebody has to look for them.” 
 –Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking   All the photographs in this book were taken on our property in […]