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Trucker steps in to save stabbing victim

Trucker steps in to save stabbing victim

Sep 5, 2022 / 11:00 am

Justin McDonald watched in horror as a man pummelled a petite woman only one-third his size alongside West Kelowna highway. The truck driver had a...

The harsh impact of homelessness

The harsh impact of homelessness

Aug 8, 2022 / 11:00 am

“This is all I have left to my name. Please don’t move it. I’ll be back soon to pick it up. Bless you and thanks so much” the homeless...

A Good Samaritan steps forward

A Good Samaritan steps forward

Jul 11, 2022 / 11:00 am

A squirming body lying face down in the ditch caught my eye. I was travelling down a busy road in the countryside. While I turned around, I quickly prayed for...

Beware of ticks when walking in the woods

Beware of ticks when walking in the woods

Jun 13, 2022 / 11:00 am

“Ouch, something bit me!” Tig’ger howled. “Mom, Dad, it’s behind my shoulder and I can’t pull it out with my teeth. Help...

Fighting with our feathered friends is for the birds

Fighting with our feathered friends is for the birds

May 16, 2022 / 11:00 am

“Na na na na na”, the magpies taunted from the bushes, as Doreen lethargically reached for her morning cup of Joe. "Eye balls, schmyballs! You...

Battle for a tree - and peace and quiet — between birds and humans

Battle for a tree - and peace and quiet — between birds and humans

Apr 18, 2022 / 11:00 am

“Home wrecker, get away from our nest! Get lost, you brute. I say, I say, get away! My feathers have never been so ruffled Antonio. How dare those humans...

Dark tales from the dental chair

Dark tales from the dental chair

Mar 21, 2022 / 11:00 am

While spitting blood, I cussed at the smirking dentist. He had just pulled a wisdom tooth with no freezing or sedation. I’ll admit that I lacked wisdom...

Vigil for woman killed in Kelowna helps provides closure

Vigil for woman killed in Kelowna helps provides closure

Mar 14, 2022 / 1:24 pm

More than 30 people attended Austyn Godfrey’s vigil, whilst an unknown number of supporters watched from their vehicles in the enormous parking lot of the...

Vigil planned for young woman killed in Kelowna in January

Vigil planned for young woman killed in Kelowna in January

Feb 27, 2022 / 4:00 am

I choked up when I heard from Ashley, the best friend of the Kelowna murder victim, Austyn Godfrey. Ashley thanked me for my kind words (written in my column...

Paying tribute to murder victim Austyn Godfrey

Paying tribute to murder victim Austyn Godfrey

Feb 21, 2022 / 11:00 am

Solemnly, we headed to the makeshift memorial site of murder victim Austyn Godfrey. On impulse, I asked my friend Morningstar to accompany me. As we stepped...

Memories of saving a hawk rekindle thoughts of the past

Memories of saving a hawk rekindle thoughts of the past

Jan 25, 2022 / 11:00 am

“The hawk’s moving! It’s moving!” I shrieked as the hawk flopped around on the back seat. I envisioned it shaking off the cover, flying...

Solving an annoying nocturnal music mystery

Solving an annoying nocturnal music mystery

Dec 27, 2021 / 11:00 am

At the stroke of midnight, the ethereal music played the same screwball beat. It sounded like a video game, however I’m not a gamer, so what do I know? ...

Prayer proceeds COVID-19 recovery 'miracle'

Prayer proceeds COVID-19 recovery 'miracle'

Dec 7, 2021 / 11:00 am

“Fred’s going to pass away. If you choose to keep him alive, Fred will be in a nursing home the rest of his life in a vegetative state,” the...

Something repeatedly knocks a decoration off the wall

Something repeatedly knocks a decoration off the wall

Nov 1, 2021 / 11:00 am

A picture flew off the shelf, bounced down the stairs and fell apart when I opened the front door. It scared the bee jeebies out of the dog and me. My brave...

Writer remembers serious horseback-riding injury

Writer remembers serious horseback-riding injury

Oct 4, 2021 / 11:00 am

The horse exploded as I threw my leg up over his back. He bolted and lit into bucking. I had one foot in the stirrup whilst the other dangled free. Meanwhile,...

Photo-bombed from the great beyond

Photo-bombed from the great beyond

Sep 6, 2021 / 11:00 am

Was it a blip on the camera-card or a glimpse into another dimension? The invisible creature went unseen to the naked eye, but not my lens. Whatever the cause,...

A dog's wedding

A dog's wedding

Aug 23, 2021 / 11:00 am

It was hard to make the costumed dogs sit still on the moving float during the parade with crowded streets, horseback riders and a blaring marching band....

In grandmother's footsteps

In grandmother's footsteps

Aug 9, 2021 / 11:00 am

Heidi was on her deathbed. The elderly grandmother’s skin draped over a skeletal frame, a far cry from the robust Amazonian German she once was. Her late...

Calls from the crypt

Calls from the crypt

Jul 12, 2021 / 11:00 am

“You Hoo! We’re over heeeeere!” My ancestors cried out from St. Theresa’s Cemetery as I drove past. They beckoned me for years as I...

Phantom window knocker

Phantom window knocker

Jun 28, 2021 / 11:14 am

Gasping with fear, we bolted upright in bed to the sound of knuckles hammering on the bedroom window. I thought the thin glass would shatter as it rattled in...

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