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FROM THE EDITOR: Back to the Past

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Having been born in the late 1950s, I was keenly aware in my youth of the Second World War. It had been over for more than 15 years by the time I started school, but those years seemed to me no time at all. I knew that it had dominated and defined my parents’ world for six years, and I could feel, almost hear, reverberations from the events of the war in the world around me. For those who lived through those years, the war was part of their reality; for those born in the ’70s, for example, the war...

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FROM THE EDITOR: Coping in the Kitchen

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There was a time when five of us lived in our little suburban cottage (it’s an unremarkable two-storey house roughly the shape of a cube, but technically it’s a cottage and the word has a nice, homey sound). As the years went by, Lewises ventured out into the world one by one to discover their lives, until at last there was only one of us left—me.In the earliest days, my wife and I shared unevenly the task of preparing meals. She was much better at it than I and much, much faster, and so, to ensure that we ate things...

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From the Editor: Merry Christmas!

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Contemplating the Christmas ahead of us, I recently commented to my daughter-in-law, “Christmas should be the same every year. It shouldn’t change.” I sounded like a grumpy five-year-old. “Really?” she asked. “You never expected it to change over the years?” “No,” I said. We both knew it wasn’t true, but in some odd way, I meant it. I wondered for a while why I would so boldly assert something so silly—until I began trying to write this letter. The answer is that this Christmas will be drastically different from all the others in my life—the first since my mother died....

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From the Editor: You Asked for It

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For more than 25 years, two crossword puzzles appeared in every issue of Good Times, a standard puzzle and a cryptic, both created by Chris Johnson—until the September issue, when the cryptic vanished as a result of Chris’s retirement. I began receiving e-mails the same day readers began getting the magazine, and all of the e-mails were from fans of the cryptic puzzle who were suddenly not fans of Murray. The next day, as the flow of pro-cryptic e-mail continued, Canada Post’s representatives began weighing my desk down with pro-cryptic protests. The influx of complaint didn’t surprise me. People who...

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Roads Less Travelled

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When a friend asked me recently to drive her to the hospital where she was about to begin a stint as a nursing student, I hesitated. My initial reluctance wasn’t prompted by concerns that I’d get to the office later than planned or that I’d find myself in the midst of the morning rush hour—and that I crawl from my bed at the crack of dawn should give you some idea of how much I do not want to get stuck in rush-hour traffic. I’ll admit that I pondered for a moment these possible consequences of the detour, but the...

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