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Small Town Survival Guide: “The dead things that haunt you.”

Small town people like dead stuff. This seems to hold true, whether it’s a coastal town, mining/logging town or farming area. Dead stuff, specifically dead animals, are a big deal. And if you’re from either suburbia or an urban area … Continue reading

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Small Town Survival Guide: “Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays.”

No, really. There isn’t. We all know what I’m talking about: the rendez-vous at our parents’ place for a big family holiday “to-do.” Complete with all those awful-fun holiday moments. Coming home to a small town takes this all up … Continue reading

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Small Town Survival Guide: “Expectations”

Expectations are different in small towns. In small town northwestern Ontario? Flannel is completely appropriate for all occasions. Weddings included. Funerals too – but the good flannel. Expectations, people. These different expectations carry over into the intersection of community newspapers … Continue reading

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Small Town Survival Guide: “Close Encounters of the Strange Kind”

The scenario: You’re walking down the sidewalk. A person walks towards you. As you pass by, they make eye contact. They smile. They nod. They say “Hello.” They may or may not throw in a remark like: “Lovely day, isn’t … Continue reading

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Small town survival guide: Nostalgia

If you move to a small town, sooner or later you will hear this phrase: “We could go to this event, but … (sad pause with a sigh) … it’s just not the same as it used to be. You … Continue reading

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Small Town Survival Guide: “The Smell”

I write this post in honour of the smell which is seeping in through my closed window, waiting to pounce and make me gag. As well, for the blessed antihistamines flowing through my body to battle whatever allergic reaction that … Continue reading

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Small Town Survival Guide: “Small town time”

Congratulations, you’re in a small town! That watch wrapped around your wrist? That circle on the wall with the hands? Useless. You’re now running on small town time. Small town time is a game. It is a game you will … Continue reading

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Small Town Survival Guide: Introduction, and Tip #1

I am a small town veteran. I survived 18 years growing up in an itty-bitty township in Southern Ontario. It was “quaint”—or some word similar to “quaint,” used in the brochures meant to lure in tourists and their beloved tourist … Continue reading

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