What is Smart showcase Miramichi?

For perhaps the first time ever, local teachers and students are taking the lead in the development of a powerful new tool for Miramichi tourism and business generally. Miramichi celebrated being named the world’s first Smart Showcase Community on June 1. District 16 teachers and students led the way. Just what does that mean and […]

Shame on “Sun” and “Herald”

“Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one.” AJ Liebling Newspapering has been my life. I grew up in a newspapering family. Newspapering has been my vocation, my hobby and my religion. It saddens, sickens and offends me when newspapers violate the magnificent privilege we have in a democracy. Newspapers all vigourously […]

Polite,heavily armed society

When I mentioned to a Woodstock friend, Bob Wilson, that I found Floridians very friendly and polite people, he smiled and replied, “Yes, well a heavily armed society is generally a polite society.” Florida is certainly a heavily armed society. I read late last year that legislation prevents employers from forbidding employees to bring guns […]

Scallops, Pan Seared, with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (serves four)

Ingredients: 4 Tbspns butter or a butter-olive oil 50-50 mixture 2 lbs. sea scallops (or at least a half pound per person) In a large skillet, melt butter over low heat. Add scallops until they shed their liquid into the pan. Remove scallops and reduce scallop liquid and butter to a rich, nutty brown. Turn […]

Fiddlehead Soup

16 Servings 4 pounds fresh fiddleheads 3 cups chopped onion 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth * 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon salt 4 pinches ground black pepper 5 cups vegetable or chicken broth* 4 cups homogenized milk ** 2 cups plain yogurt 2 tablespoons lemon juice Dollops of sour cream […]

Surprises and aliens

            After being away for 12 weeks over the past four months, it is good to be home for a while.             After voting in the advance poll, I was out of the province during the municipal elections.             Arriving home, I find the general reaction to be the same as my own. We are […]

Wellington, New Zealand

            From Napier, we drove down to Wellington, New Zealand’s capitol, at the bottom of the South Island.             On the way, we got further reminders of just how empty most of New Zealand is. Like Canada, it is getting emptier. People are abandoning the smallest communities. We stopped in one rusting, rotting, flaking little […]

Onward in Auckland

                               On our first full day in the country, we spent the morning planning our North Island itinerary with Allyson at the iSite NZ tourism office. The offices are more like travel agencies. They recommend and book tours, accommodations, transportation and auto rentals and give advice. They take immediate payment for whatever they book and […]

New Zealand trip observations

          To get to New Zealand, we embarked at Moncton and hopped across the country to Hamilton, Calgary and Vancouver. We arrived at midnight and laid over until the next evening.           Our hotel was in Richmond, a suburb with a large Chinese population. We learned years ago that a restaurant full of Chinese diners, […]

On the road – random raves

On the road – random raves           Michelle and I are on the road. We’re spending six weeks in New Zealand.           We are wrestling with internet access, making travel plans on the fly and finding our way in a new country.           One of the first things we had to do is get adjusted […]

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