Memories, not tragedies

Long weekends are ripe for memory making.What kinds of memories is up to you and your decisions.With summer-like temps and the extra day, life for those that work the five-day work week, this Victoria Day…

Vote for what’s best

By Darren Lum Maybe life will get better.After more than two years of life during a pandemic, there has been a lot of uncertainty.Maybe it’s almost over. Maybe not. Vaccines are the answer to all…

Practice patience, exhibit compassion

By Darren Lum When I see a pickup truck deliberately run up and down Highland Street, spewing black diesel fumes in the air, I shake my head in disbelief. What kind of attention-seeking person does…

Taking lessons in loss

By Darren Lum We all need something larger than ourselves to be a part of. Find unity when you feel alone. Share in the ups and the downs. Have a memory that lasts and stays…

COVID-19 is a lesson

By Darren Lum Loss. The word itself is filled with sorrow.The pandemic has had a pronounced affect on our lives. Loss has and continues to be felt by everyone, whether it is visible or notWhat…

Athletics offers great highs and lows.

By Darren Lum On Sunday, March 27, it was a high for Canada when the men’s national soccer team advanced to the upcoming World Cup in Qatar with a 4-0 win over Jamaica at BMO…

It’s a matter of perspective

By Darren Lum When my father came to this country at 15 with a duffle bag of clothes and a hope for a brighter future he knew little about Canada. He just knew it was…

Wearing a mask is not political

By Darren Lum When it comes to mask wearing, I may continue to do it, particularly for indoor settings with lots of people around me. It’s not to make a political statement nor is it…

Why the bias?

Walking down an icy sidewalk of Highland Street before the sander has been out this week reminded me about the importance of what we choose to pay attention to and what we take for granted.It’s…

Purpose

By Darren Lum Waking up everyday is a lot easier when there is a purpose.The road becomes clear. The frustrations become tolerable. The challenges become manageable.It’s the proverbial light on the horizon, which cuts an…

Value in the eye of the beholder

By Darren Lum We never truly understand the value of something until it’s gone.There’s a well-known aphorism related to a person’s gullibility, or a lack of intellect, by saying, “If you believe that, then I…

Control is about perception

What is control?I typically don’t start anything I write for the newspaper with a question. I can count on my single hand the amount of times that has been the case in my near 20…

Remember what’s good

Love. A four letter word. Simple in construction, but complicated to process when it’s gone.It’s been central to art. It’s launched a thousand ships. It’s been at the heart of Wordle – a very popular…

Protesting is a freedom

By Darren Lum There was a certain level of anxiety that I felt after seeing footage of angry protesters waving Canadian Flags with the “Freedom Convoy” at Parliament Hill.It wasn’t because they were protesting, but…

Maintain perspective

By Darren Lum Seeing the snow-covered driveway reduced in size from its uncovered state seen the rest of the year after the past few snowfalls made me think of how much our worlds have diminished.This…

I have a dream

By Darren Lum It’s a matter of when now.Justice will be served. It’s been a long time coming to properly recognize Haliburton’s only Olympian Lesley Tashlin and the area’s first pro football player Taly Williams…

Harness the power of belief for a better…

By Darren Lum The new year brings optimism.I have a dream when there will be better days ahead.It’s a fitting sentiment for this time in our lives with so much uncertainty.Art Ward, a Rotarian with…

What’s old is new again

By Darren Lum Whatever the new normal will be we’re far from it.Omicron and a reactive provincial government instead of a pro-active one has contributed to that.In light of the provincial government’s announcement on Monday…

Connection is the strength we all need

By Darren Lum As the winds wailed outside the Club Room at the Royal Canadian Legion in Haliburton, Essonville Hank belted out a tune of his own making about life here in Haliburton. He was…

We’re in this together

By Darren Lum The heated debate at Haliburton County council recently regarding vaccinations is a clear indication the province needs to take charge when it comes to vaccination mandates.We’ve seen the past few years how…

No introduction needed

Readers may have noticed a few changes at the papers lately, most notably here on the editorial page. As of last Monday, I am the “new” editor of the Haliburton County Echo and County Life.…