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A man opens his arms as he stands near a house destroyed in the Russian artillery shelling, in the village of Horenka close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022. On Day 11 of Russia’s war on Ukraine, Russian troops shelled encircled cities, and it appeared that a second attempt to evacuate civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol had failed due to continued violence. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

COLUMN: Ukraine conflict hits close to home

Refugees from Ukraine are leaving places they have known and loved

A man opens his arms as he stands near a house destroyed in the Russian artillery shelling, in the village of Horenka close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, March 6, 2022. On Day 11 of Russia’s war on Ukraine, Russian troops shelled encircled cities, and it appeared that a second attempt to evacuate civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol had failed due to continued violence. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
International Women’s Day is March 8. (Contributed)

COLUMN: Celebrate all women this International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is March 8.

  • Feb 26, 2022
International Women’s Day is March 8. (Contributed)
There are parts of the world where the Bible is banned or restricted. In Canada, people are free to read this pivotal text of the Christian faith. (File photo)

COLUMN: Reading the Bible, the Qur’an and the Communist Manifesto

Not everyone enjoys the same freedom to read as exists in Canada

There are parts of the world where the Bible is banned or restricted. In Canada, people are free to read this pivotal text of the Christian faith. (File photo)
In this 1969 ad, General Motors described a vehicle navigation concept. (Facebook/RoadkillCustoms)

COLUMN: Navigating a fact-checking journey

An ad from 1969 described a vehicle navigation system

In this 1969 ad, General Motors described a vehicle navigation concept. (Facebook/RoadkillCustoms)
(Thorsten Frenzel - Pixabay)

COLUMN: Freedom to read at the public library

Freedom to Read Week takes place Feb. 20 to 26

  • Feb 10, 2022
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A Jell-O salad was once seen at many potlucks. Today, it is not as common. Other foods, including liver and onions, are also losing their former popularity. (Wikimedia Commons)

COLUMN: In search of Jell-O salad, old music and vintage clothing

The world has changed considerably in recent decades

A Jell-O salad was once seen at many potlucks. Today, it is not as common. Other foods, including liver and onions, are also losing their former popularity. (Wikimedia Commons)
There is no shortage of reading material as traditional publishers, small publishing houses, self-publishing and other options allow authors to express their views. (File Photo)

COLUMN: The freedom to make one’s voice heard

Plenty of options mean unpopular views need not be silenced

There is no shortage of reading material as traditional publishers, small publishing houses, self-publishing and other options allow authors to express their views. (File Photo)
Spine and Sport North End Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy’s Maggie Suranko (left) demonstrates techniques for working on a frozen shoulder with colleague Mara Boaru. (Spine and Sport photo)

Spine and Sport: Defrost settings for a frozen shoulder

Vernon physio Cheryl Witter looks at an affliction that mainly affects people between the ages of 40 and 60

Spine and Sport North End Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy’s Maggie Suranko (left) demonstrates techniques for working on a frozen shoulder with colleague Mara Boaru. (Spine and Sport photo)
Columnist Carole Fawcett has some ideas for those who struggle with sadness and depression. (Pixabay)

Walking with sadness during the holidays

Columnist Carole Fawcett reveals some ideas to help those struggling with depression

Columnist Carole Fawcett has some ideas for those who struggle with sadness and depression. (Pixabay)
This is the time to choose the world we want after the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. (Pixabay.com)

COLUMN: Planning for a post-pandemic future

The world after COVID-19 will not be the same as it was before

This is the time to choose the world we want after the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. (Pixabay.com)
A Christmas cared from Richard ‘Dick’ Palmer and his wife Marjorie shows their home at the Summerland Research Station. Dick Palmer was the superintendent at the station from 1932 to 1953. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

COLUMN: A too-perfect scene during the festive season

The description of a picture-perfect family setting might have been flawed

A Christmas cared from Richard ‘Dick’ Palmer and his wife Marjorie shows their home at the Summerland Research Station. Dick Palmer was the superintendent at the station from 1932 to 1953. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Columnist Roseanne Van Ee says it’s time to celebrate the sun as the days will soon be getting longer with the arrival of Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. (Pixabay.com)

Get Outdoors! And celebrate the sun

The Winter Solstice begins Dec. 21, meaning the days will be getting longer and nights shorter

Columnist Roseanne Van Ee says it’s time to celebrate the sun as the days will soon be getting longer with the arrival of Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. (Pixabay.com)
Have you ever wanted to create a really impressive structure with Lego blocks? (Pixabay.com)

COLUMN: I did my research. Now what?

Questioning everything can quickly become an absurdity

Have you ever wanted to create a really impressive structure with Lego blocks? (Pixabay.com)
Employees at packing stations are seen at Amazon’s Kent, Wash., fulfillment center on June 11, 2020. Ken Lambert | The Seattle Times

COLUMN: Commercials fall short of portraying a positive workplace

A couple of recent television commercials for Amazon show a dismal view…

Employees at packing stations are seen at Amazon’s Kent, Wash., fulfillment center on June 11, 2020. Ken Lambert | The Seattle Times
Columnist and physiotherapist Cheryl Witter from Spine and Sports Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy (right) works on one of her first long-haul COVID-19 patients, Tamsen White. (Dawn Doyle photo)
Columnist and physiotherapist Cheryl Witter from Spine and Sports Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy (right) works on one of her first long-haul COVID-19 patients, Tamsen White. (Dawn Doyle photo)
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches at Normandy. This day is part of Canada’s military history. (Contributed)

COLUMN: A time to reflect, not a time to predict

Events of past wars should not be used to promote outrage

On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches at Normandy. This day is part of Canada’s military history. (Contributed)
An alien invasion did not occur in New Jersey in October, 1938. (Pixabay.com)

COLUMN: The night the Martians didn’t invade earth

Chaos and panic resulted from a radio drama

An alien invasion did not occur in New Jersey in October, 1938. (Pixabay.com)
Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson carries crew member Sirisha Bandla on his shoulders while celebrating their flight to space at Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences, N.M., Sunday, July 11, 2021. (Andres Leighton/AP photo)

COLUMN: Spending money on the billionaires’ space race

Concerns have been raised about the present quest for private space flight

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson carries crew member Sirisha Bandla on his shoulders while celebrating their flight to space at Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences, N.M., Sunday, July 11, 2021. (Andres Leighton/AP photo)
A single cassette tape during a 14-hour car ride became monotonous. (Pixabay.com)

COLUMN: Play it again… and again… and again

A 40-minute collection of instrumental music can feel stale after a while

A single cassette tape during a 14-hour car ride became monotonous. (Pixabay.com)
Caravaners celebrating their first harvests at a garden party. (Yuri Nikl/Contributed)

Column: More stories from the early days of the Shuswap’s Caravan Farm

Shuswap Passion by Jim Cooperman

  • Sep 29, 2021
Caravaners celebrating their first harvests at a garden party. (Yuri Nikl/Contributed)