In Our Words
Managing editor Gary George is slowly but surely healing from his sports injury, but until he’s back in the saddle, I’ll be penning at least one more letter from the editor. I don’t know about you, but I think of March as a bit of an odd month; not quite winter, not quite spring, it falls somewhere in between. But as the snow melts, the temperatures gradually warm up and the days get longer, we eagerly begin to feel the promise of spring in the air.
One thing many Canadians do enjoy this time of year is an annual visit to a sugar shack. With that in mind, we have a feature story on page 46 called “Ten Trees” about one couple’s attempt to tap into our love of pure Canadian maple syrup. Keeping our “sugaring-off” theme going, check out a particularly sweet photo spread on page 42.
With the arrival of spring also comes the desire to get outside and enjoy a brisk walk—with or without a canine companion. One of our many dog-loving contributors takes us on a visit to her favourite dog park, where she’s befriended pups and people alike. Turn to page 8 to enjoy this fetching photo essay.
In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, our Funny Stuff department on page 62 features another great Rural Roots cartoon by Jack Lown as well as a tale about “Irish Poutine” that’s sure to bring a smile to your face. Then, beginning on page 32, the recipe section is devoted to that most Irish of vegetables, the versatile and tasty potato!
So, chin up! Spring may not be here quite yet, but it’s on its way and that is sweet indeed. Maryanne Gallagher, maryanne_ gallagher@ rd. com