Toys of Old

Do you remember the first toy you ever cherished? A while back, a letter from a reader in Downhome about his first teddy bear launched a months long conversation with other readers who wrote in about their most beloved childhood things. My Last Surviving Teddy None of my childhood toys remain. However, I still have a vintage…

Page Turners

Check out these Newfoundland-themed books for photographers, dog-lovers, gardeners and everyone in bewteen. Chasing Newfoundland Photographer Ray Mackey’s new book, Chasing Newfoundland, is perfect for the homesick loved one on your Christmas list. Enjoy this colourful collection that captures the spirit of “home”  the beauty of outport coves, rugged coastlines and towering icebergs. Mackey’s photos are as…

A Thank-You Note to Newfoundland

By Tom Solomon In the August 2020 edition of Downhome, Paul Warford’s column, in talking of his non-Newfoundlander wife, closed with the line that “she was welcome before she even got here.” When I read that, I thought that there was the seed of an idea for a “Mom & Dad/Newfoundland” writing. But last fall didn’t…

An Embarrassment of Critch’s

By Denise Flint After the success of Son of a Critch, Mark Critch’s initial foray into autobiography, it’s no surprise that the popular entertainer has written a sequel. Picking up where the first book left off, the comedian and author has continued his story with An Embarrassment of Critch’s: Immature Stories from My Grown-Up Life. Told in a…