Heather Bennett

handgames championship was fun and friendly

Dear Uma: The Liard First Nation here in Watson Lake just hosted the Yukon’s 21st Annual Handgames Championship.

some christians can make your head spin

Dear Uma: Andre Gide said it: “Believe those who are seeking the truth: doubt those who find it.

horse show recalls international issues

Dear Uma: There is another reason for you to visit us again in Watson Lake — a horse show! It happened on the weekend, in spite of overcast…

We’re becoming health conscious to a fault

Dear Uma: None of it is news to you, living in California where it all began, but I am ineluctably drawn to all things New Age these days.

encounters in the wild

Dear Uma: Do you and Andrew like one another again? I sincerely hope so; it would be a shame if a 25-year marriage were to dissolve over a holiday…

this ol town has its hooks in me

Dear Uma: Pete was talking the other day about where we will go after his contract is finished; there are two jobs on offer so far, one being a…

Will tomorrow’s Yukon labour force be up to working for the Chinese?

Dear Uma: Some things don’t make sense at the time, but then comes the “AHA” moment… A few weeks ago on CBC, a…

the sorrows of spring

Dear Uma: Here in Yukon, as you know, we have the midnight sun. Even this early in the season, I can take a cup of tea outside around nine in the…

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Dear Uma: Spring has come. There are some tufts of green grass in the front yard and the temperature has not dipped below zero in a while.

The secrets of bannock

Dear Uma: I haven’t mentioned this, but the kitchen has been my arena, once again. I wanted to wait and astound you with my success stories,…

There are priorities and there are, um, priorities

Dear Uma: My flight to Whitehorse from Vancouver was lovely, as all such flights are since I learned, early in my residence here, to use Air North…

Enlightened vengeance and male tears

Dear Uma: How people can surprise us! Sometimes they aren’t good surprises: the family member who could be counted on to make a good time of…

Absolute is absolutely baffling

Dear Uma: CBC seems to have a rule: in order to be a guest on any of their radio shows one must have in one’s vocabulary the word…

young people help bridge the environmental knowledge gap

Dear Uma: Remember I told you about the young fellow I met last summer who was doing a small mammal study? I’d gone with him as a volunteer…

a paranoiac is someone in possession of the facts

Dear Uma: Pete went back to camp the day after we got back from Mexico, leaving me with a new twist to my solitude — I still have the cast on…

The road to relaxation leads through rain, pain and yoga

Dear Uma: Did you know fly-fishing is the fastest-growing sport for women? Too bad I missed my first lesson.

Love takes a holiday

Dear Uma: Pete’s home; I am once again adjusting to coupledom, coupleness, being coupled (which sounds like something from the nature…

chocolate can be a last resort against cruelty

Dear Uma: Today’s epiphany: I find I crave civility more than I do chocolate. That’s not only saying a lot, but I am saying it as I eat…

so much for healthy eating

Dear Uma: Thank you for being understanding when I called last night, especially since it was late. I tend to forget that not everyone’s work…

savage hunger on the frontier

Dear Uma; It’s cold! With this sort of cold in this sort of place comes a quiet that is a presence of its own.