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    • Is Perception Everything?

      Twenty years ago, when my husband and I first approached a bank about getting a loan to build our greenhouses, the banker we were meeting...

    • (hose)

      Alas, hail the mighty hose! The genius who invented it (Jan Van der Heiden, Dutch, 1652) was without doubt a practical man, and thinker on...

    • (Love)

      It is more entertaining to hate than to love. This may at first appear to be incongruous to claimed purposes of this column – that...

    • How Merlot Can You Go?

      When wandering the aisles of a well-stocked wine merchant, the vast diversity of choices can leave even the most seasoned of wine drinkers in a...

    • The Noble Bee

      Have you noticed how much press bees have been receiving in the past couple of years? Ever wonder why there is so much hulabaloo going...

    • Attracting Hummingbirds to your Garden

      Hummingbirds are beautiful, fascinating little creatures and it is easy to attract them to your garden! Alberta is home to four species of hummingbird- the...

    • Standing Up to Terrorism

      Our prayers continue for the Boston Marathon victims, survivors, their families and loved ones. On the heels of this tragic event, we learn of an...

    • Ohmygosh for Ommegang

      Your globetrotting liquor reporter is penning this week’s column from a hip and happening boutique hotel in midtown Manhattan. After flying into NYC for a...

    • Spring into Spring

      Your intrepid liquor reporter is hopeful that the warmer days of spring have finally arrived, and that Mother Nature is not planning to cruelly unleash...

    • Starting Your Own Hanging Baskets

      The end of April – mid May is the best time to start your own amazing hanging baskets. From herbs to veggies to flowers, growing...