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Rural museums keep history alive

It’s not only the collections they hold but the stories they tell that are preserved

Almost every town has one — sometimes standing alone on the Prairies. In train stations without tracks and fading catalogue homes the treasures lie, but it isn’t just the museums themselves, it’s the tales of another time in that specific place. “Objects are seldom important in and of themselves. Rather, they are like props in […] Read more


This pork porchetta is sure to please

First We Eat: Traditionally a whole pig would be roasted on a spit but here’s a smaller oven version

I visited my sister and brother-in-law in the Toronto area for Thanksgiving this year, the first time, perhaps ever, that I wasn’t home to cook the feast for my favourite holiday. But even though I wasn’t in my home kitchen, food played as large a part as usual. “We have errands,” my sister said soon […] Read more



What if adult farm children don’t behave like adults?

Refuse to interact when you are being talked to in a disrespectful manner

As founders we all want our children to be happy and successful, but when kids have aged into adults we hope they are grateful for opportunity and don’t take advantage of our generosity. When kids have always received something, whether it is money, assets or help, they can come to expect it. A sense of […] Read more


legs older person, Knee Pain, elder osteoarthritis

What’s knee pain all about?

Usually the problem is actually coming from the hips or feet

After seeing an older woman in the clinic a few weeks into her post-knee replacement rehabilitation, her daughter approached me saying she knew she was headed in the same direction as her mom as she was already having knee and hip pain. She wanted to know if there was anything she could do to prevent […] Read more



Singing Gardener: Remembrance Day 2018

Plus, a houseplant that may help you get a good night’s sleep

Hey! Hello my fellow Canadians. By the time this issue of Grainews arrives in your mailbox, Remembrance Day 2018 will be close at hand. I’ve always appreciated a spot set aside in the garden for growing poppies, especially Ladybird Flanders poppy. Even during midsummer, poppies remind me of Canadian doctor, surgeon and teacher John McCrae who is best known for […] Read more


Cooking the foods of our ancestors keeps heritage alive

And what better way than with a pot of homemade soup?

One of the great truisms about food is that by cooking the foods of our forebears, we maintain or re-establish a link with our heritage. My mother’s antecedents were off-colony Hutterites who arrived in Saskatchewan at the turn of the previous century from a colony in South Dakota. Earlier, my great-greats and their babes had […] Read more



Fired from the farm

How do you tell a son or daughter that they are not a good fit for the farm?

As a farm family coach I hear the struggles of farmers who are used to being able to quickly repair or fix problems that arise daily. When these hard-working, well-intentioned folks have a farming adult child who is not a good fit for the farm, great stress lingers far too long. If you try to […] Read more


Filling the house with story and song

House concerts are a great way to enjoy live music in the home with friends and neighbours

I have memories of my dad’s record collection and the big cabinet stereo in the front room. I was forced into piano lessons from elementary into high school and we had the school-issued recorders and a guitar in the house. In recent years live music in the home has taken on new meaning for me. […] Read more



One man’s experience with destructive deer

Ted has a recipe to help discourage them from damaging trees and shrubs

As I write this, September’s been a really wet one so far here in my part of Manitoba and elsewhere too, according to news reports. Seems moisture began falling not many days after I wrote about “The Rain Dance” in a local publication. Now a few folks have said — maybe it’s time to write […] Read more


A young father with his little son walking in the wheat field at sunset in a warm summer day

Don’t be a fleeing heir or end up in shirt sleeves

Study shows large percentage of families will lose their wealth in succeeding generations

Last month we talked about the great wealth transfer tension; there’s more. Financial planner Anthony Williams describes a study by Investment News suggesting 66 per cent of children will ultimately fire their parents’ financial adviser once they receive their inheritance. These folks are called fleeing heirs. I would like to know the statistic for farm families, as […] Read more