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Jim Cumming - From the Publisher's Pen

Jim is the publisher of the Fort Frances Times Ltd. He writes a weekly column and can be contacted at jcumming@fortfrances.com

Are eggs good or bad for me?

I have a confession to make. I really like a ham-and-cheese omelet.

I also enjoy my “Egg McMuffin,” my Tim Horton sausage-and-egg breakfast sandwich, and Subway’s sausage-and-egg breakfast meal on flat bread.

One of my treats at the cabin on the weekend is a big breakfast of bacon, eggs, and toast. I like dipping my toast into the yolk and sopping up the yellow.

I limit myself to one of those meals a week because when I look at the calories and fat, I really know the meal is not good for me. But I do enjoy those rich calories.

Time to meet at fair again

At 113 years of age, the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society’s annual fall fair in Emo gets underway tomorrow with the midway cranking up the sound during the day.

Then on Friday and Saturday nights, the roar of stock cars racing around the track will be heard for miles in all directions.

Cabin part of all our lives

I am sitting in the sun porch of our cabin. A light breeze out of the north is rustling the needles of the pines. A woodpecker is nearby batting its head against a tree to get at some bugs. The Bearskin flight to Thunder Bay just flew overhead.

I am well into my first cup of coffee of the day. Not a cloud can be seen in today’s sky.

The cabin is slowly coming to life.

Keeping the family legacy alive

My mother-in-law has just sold her home in Markdale, Ont. Her father had purchased the home in 1920 and it has been in the family for 92 years.

Annually, our family would travel to meet gramma and grampa, and it was always to the family home.

Their cousins from Waterloo and Inglewood joined our sons at Markdale, and the kids would play on the back lawn. We would hold family reunions there every other year and every few years, we would gather for the annual family photograph.

Tournament fishing strenuous work

This is “Bass Week” in Fort Frances.

Anglers competing in this year’s Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship have been plying the waters of Rainy Lake for the past week. You can see rooster tails flying high in the sky as those sleek fibreglass bass boats skim across the water.

The boats—shined into mirror finishes—seem to be loaded with the latest technology systems. Many now sport single or dual anchoring devices on the back.

Stable and comfortable, they are easy to fish from.

‘Old Man Rope’ appreciated gift

We are reaching the midpoint of summer and it has been a season of unusual heat.

The waters of Rainy Lake have had surface temperatures that arched over 80 degrees F. The real water temperature is a much more modest 74 F.

Even those who really are not into swimming in the lake are welcoming the soothing, cooling, soft caressing feel of the water this year. The lake is the perfect temperature—it is neither too warm nor too cold (just as “Goldilocks” would like it).

Weather sparks constant whining

There is no end to the discussion of weather.

If it is cloudy, we complain about it. Too much rain and we are not satisfied. Crisp winter days have us complaining about cold car seats.

And now with hot summer days, we are complaining about the warmth.

We just can’t be satisfied.

In winter, you always can turn up the heat or put on more clothing to get warm. If it rains, we put on rain gear.

Weekend at cabin a real workout

Over the last several months, I have had those niggling thoughts that “I am not as young as I used to be.”

There has been nothing conclusive. There have been some signs. Another columnist in the paper tells you that age is only in the mind.

My mind keeps telling me that I am a 20 year-old. My muscles tell me that, that is a figment of my imagination.

We have plenty to be proud of

Canadians will celebrate Canada Day this weekend. Across the country, we will move to the outdoors in droves to enjoy this first summer long weekend. Traditional Canada parades, barbecues, picnics and fireworks will mark the day for most of us.

Canada became an independent nation in 1867 under Queen Victoria and for a long time was known as the Dominion of Canada having only four provinces—Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Today, we have 10 provinces and three territories.

What controls are needed on robots?

I watch with fascination the TV commercials that show a Ford automobile parallel parking on a street.

I remember how many practice hours I spent learning to put my father’s ’65 Chrysler into a tight space.

We have seen robot vacuum cleaners. We have played with robot toys and marveled at C3PO in “Star Wars,” who was human-like.

Today we are closing in on having robots become part of our every day lives.