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Both father and son shone in their roles

The difference between the “almost right word” and the “right word” is really a large matter. It’s especially true when writing is your profession and passion. I can’t, however, take credit for piecing together those 16 words. That advice came from 19th century American writer and humorist Mark Twain, creator of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry...

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‘Showing us what really matters’

I think I’ve always been inspired by expressions of love, of life, of things we’ve achieved and savoured in this world. But it seems to come with aging. The older you get, the more you appreciate the experiences you’ve had. It’s happening to me more frequently, often when I’m not expecting it. The other day,...

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Flash: the lesson has been learned

I had an English teacher at New Glasgow High School who used to tell me that a day without learning something is a day lost. I’ve tried to live by her advice ever since. Just this past week, while I was researching for a column I hope to write during the holiday season, I got...

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For two prospects, it was game over

It’s often been said that luck and fate are the same thing. For two young hockey players who grew up in New Glasgow’s south end — a quarter of a century apart — it was clearly fate that intervened in their lives and dreams. In both cases, it ended their chances of having professional careers,...

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Rating Nova Scotia’s 10 best NHL players

Editor’s Note: This column has been modified from the original due to a couple of factual errors. I gave myself something to occupy my free time during the holidays and it had nothing to do with a pandemic, a massive shooting or a discarded American president. I decided to make a personal ranking of the...

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‘A new day dawning’ for Maple Leafs?

I’m beginning this week’s column with some friendly advice: Embrace the 1,000 words with a wee bit of caution. Alright, the more caution, the better. My observations are expressed — free of charge, of course — with excessive optimism by an old soul who has been a card-carrying Toronto Maple Leafs fanatic for 74 years....

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Pause in N.S. team schedules extended through January 24

MHL hockey fans will have to wait a little longer to see a local game. The Nova Scotia government announced on Friday that the COVID-19 restrictions introduced before Christmas will be extended until 11:59 p.m. on January 24. Those rules include limiting sports practices to 25 participants without physical distancing, with games and tournaments not...

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A remarkable guy reaches a milestone

It’s a date I wasn’t going to miss. For several months, there’s been a conspicuous red star on my kitchen calendar to signify the importance of this Wednesday — and it has nothing to do with COVID-19 or the arrival of a vaccine. But yes, it’s a day worth noting. A remarkable guy — and...

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A successful search for a baseball name

Using age as an excuse, my most challenging daily physical workouts these days have become leisurely strolls through the internet. You just never know what you might learn. The other morning, for instance, while staying the blazes home, I came across an interesting quotation, though the author wasn’t identified: “Good times come and go, but...

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Fred Page Cup being hosted in Summerside in 2022

Local hockey fans will be able to travel to Summerside, PEI, in 2022 where The Fred Page Cup will be contested. The Summerside Western Capitals have officially been named the host of the Eastern Canadian Junior A Championship for the first time in franchise history. The tournament will feature the hosts from Summerside along with...

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