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  • Wonderful food, changing scenery

    Travellers by rail here ate like royalty. Even during Depression years there was no skimping on meal choices. Among other fish selections there ...

  • Mr. Webster’s take on history

    This hefty Webster’s pretends to have a world view but it is so American. Its full-page colour picture of North American animals does not include ...

  • Colouring outside the lines

    He did more in (well, let’s say) 62 years than most of us do in two full lifetimes. Miller was a writer of books, articles and movie scripts. His ...

  • They sent out foxes

    I discovered this small detail in a 165-year-old book which has been reposing in our family’s bookshelves for four generations. Engraved messages ...

  • Canadian writer found inspiration here 116 years ago

    Canadian novelist Norman Duncan was born in Ontario in 1871 and died in 1916 — a brief life. When I learned the year of his death and his age ...

  • Memories of the special season

    While I found the story in an issue of The Evening Telegram of December 1965, it goes back to one particular Christmas in the writer’s childhood ...

  • Sailing ships and kings

    I was flicking through the pages of a copy, presented here in St. John’s as a school prize to a 12-year-old, when I spotted a picture of “The ...

  • Brave Private John

    Likely the coastal boat had oranges on board — part of any day’s breakfast for crew and passengers. He could walk over to Hermitage and see if ...

  • Seal chronicles

    Reading a small, illustrated study on seals last week, I encountered the bearded seal. This creature swims with a certain sophistication from one ...

  • Home at last

    This was December 1945. The ship, three days out of Liverpool, was bound west across the Atlantic. There was reason enough to be happy. The long, ...