Heather Bennett

early 19th century housewives had it rough

Dear Uma: Another cookbook arrived in the mail, this one ordered by Pete as a Christmas surprise. Mailed from Seattle, and having travelled as far away as Kentucky and New York State, with two stops in Richmond, BC, it finally made it to the Yukon.

a brief disturbing trip to the other world

Dear Uma: You know I am not down with the woo woo stuff; I am an unbeliever in the undead, suspicious of the seance, critical of the crystal ball. Lari took me with him, years ago, to an event featuring a "psychic." That evening nearly ended our friendsh

yoga proved more painful than popcorn

Dear Uma: After more than a year of talking about it, I went to a yoga class. I was in Superstore in Whitehorse, doing the monthly grocery…

a forced march on the sunny side of life

Dear Uma: Edward Abbey, wise old man of the desert, once said: “Society is like a stew; if you don’t stir it up once in a while a layer…

Dispatches to the body politic

Dear Uma: My lessons may be learned the hard and painful way but I do learn them. The spring of 2009 will not see me with an accumulation of winter…

Untitled

Dear Uma: Pete left to go back to work today. I am worried about him; something is different about him, and I think I know what it is.

love matters most

Dear Uma: A mutual friend of ours, Daniel Galen, told me the news he is in love. Apparently it happened about six months ago; he wanted to know it…

From the Inside Out: Forestry bill is a many splintered thing

Dear Uma: I was sorry to hear about Jason losing his job; he’d be feeling quite crushed, this young man who has known nothing but success in…

worms welcome in watson lake

Dear Uma: Busy place these days, this Watson Lake. It seems one could occupy oneself almost every night of the week and every weekend, were one so…

hey sugar time for a new world order

I confess I was surprised to learn that neither you nor Andrew has heard of synthetic biology, considering Andrew’s job is at Berkeley, where a…

tough times target elderly ladies

Dear Uma: Bring on the faggots! Winter has arrived and according to some research I’ve been doing, it’s witch-burning time.

The Devil in the details

Dear Uma: Strange that I talk more with you about Watson Lake than I do with those who live here. It couldn’t happen if you were not a…

Backing known evils during turbulent times

Nobody makes a better apology than Pete, wouldn’t you agree? It was wonderful, the surprise trip to Vancouver; to have you able to come on such…

Water, happy water, everywhere

Dear Uma I have to give up reading “what experts say.” It seems I am a sucker for an expert, though what they have to say usually…

She’s a rainbow

Dear Uma: Do you like dogs? Organic food? Coffee? Do you recycle? Are you a vegan or a vegetarian, shopping at farmers’ markets or Whole…

cabbage can save your bacon

Dear Uma: It’s hard to believe how quickly the summer is going. The brevity of the season of warmth and light imbues it with a sort of…

From The Inside Out: Cats may inherit the Earth, unless…

Dear Uma: The new job is a compilation of news stories about climate change — daunting, yeah?  Fortunately, the search is limited to a…

It’s time to celebrate unsung heroes

Dear Uma: If there is anything designed to baffle, anger and frighten people, it is trying to resolve something and not finding anyone who is in…

There’s no place like home, but one needs to get out

Dear Uma: Orson Welles said there are only two emotions on an airplane — boredom and terror. I got to experience them both on my trip to…

must we become our mothers

Dear Uma:   ‘Friends are God’s way of apologizing for families.” “Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying…