Where’s our empathy

T he temporary closure of Robinson’s General Store came as a pretty shocking blow to Haliburton County last week. If you live here or cottage here, you likely know about the iconic store; the heart…

It’s the little things

By Vivian Collings What a year that was; for me, for you, for the world. While going through the Echo archives to put together the Year in Review for 2022, it felt a little like…

Of difficult choices

By James Matthews Life is rife with tough choices. None of them should be weighing whether or not to put a meal on the table for your family or keeping the heat on during a…

Giving the gift of opportunity

By Vivian Collings We are really good at giving the gift of experiences here in the Highlands; especially to our kids and youth. That makes my heart full. It makes me really proud to live…

The elephant in the County

By Vivian Collings I’ve started this editorial a few times, each with a different subject, a different headline.My first topics weren’t bad ideas, I’m just having a hard time ignoring the elephant in the room.I’m…

Beating the November Blues

By Vivian Collings In this week’s upcoming issue of County Life, Janet Trull called this month No-vember in her piece called November calendar. That is my sentiment, exactly. Let’s be honest; if you live in…

An important day of discomfort

By Vivian Collings I will likely only use the adjectives favourite and sad, together, to describe one noun: Remembrance Day. It has always been one of my favourite days. It has also, naturally, always been…

Hello to my hometown

By Vivian Collings Two songs have been playing on repeat in my head for the past week: Hello, Goodbye by the Beatles and Changes by David Bowie.The two lines in particular, “You say goodbye, and…

Until later …

By Darren Lum Thank you.Two simple words with great weight.I am grateful to everyone who gave their time, but, more importantly, opened their homes, their lives and their hearts in sharing their stories. I am…

You have power

By Darren Lum Maybe it’s an exaggeration to believe voting is pivotal to the next four years, but I wonder.Our participation in democracy depends upon the votes we cast. It requires our attention. I believe…

Nothing is something

By Darren Lum There’s lots of time.Twenty-fours to be exact for each day. One hundred sixty-eight hours in a week. Six hundred seventy two hours in a month. Eight thousand sixty-four hours in a year.…

Home is in the mind, the heart

By Darren Lum The past few years I’ve fully realized my middle-age chapter of life.I have the longer than what used to be normal for my thirties recovery time to feel 100 per cent from…

Live with intention

By Darren Lum With the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, Sept. 19, it’s a reminder that everyone’s time is limited. It doesn’t matter how powerful you may be and how much advantage is…

Fulfilling a childhood dream

By Vivian Collings My Great-Grandmother once said to me, “truth is stranger than fiction,” and this year, I’m really believing it. I’m Vivian Collings, and I joined the Haliburton Echo and Minden Times team in…

Exercise democratic freedom

By Darren Lum The window of opportunity to serve your municipality has passed with nominations closing for municipal elections on Friday, Aug. 19.Although a few races never got started (as outlined with the article, Here…

Audible attribute worth valuing

By Darren Lum It’s easy to forget what you have when you’re not looking … or listening.This editorial may have a similar sentiment to last week, but there is never enough gratitude in this world,…

It’s all around

There is beauty in the details of life.There were thousands of creations with varying depths of details showcased at this past Art and Craft Festival event held from July 22 to 25 at Head Lake…

Connecting to soul

By Darren Lum No matter how many advancements are made when it comes to communication technology there is unlikely going to be anything as fulfilling as the in-person interactions between people.This was evident as I…

Reliance on connectivity disconnects

By Darren Lum Walking through the woods early in the morning, it’s clear by the cacahopony of calls by birds that they can communicate as long as they have their voices.In our high tech world…