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Helen Row Toews

Helen Row Toews

Helen Row Toews was born in Maidstone, Sask. and has lived on the family farm in the Lloydminster area much of her life. As married mother of four grown children, Helen works as writer, bus driver and EA in her local school. This, along with her love of the Canadian prairies, travel, and all things humorous, is what she draws upon to write her tales. 

  • Signs of the times

    Signs are everywhere. Quietly they hang around, advising the public of information it may or may not be interested in. Not long ago however, I saw two great ones that gave me a chuckle. The first. . .

    Helen Row ToewsAugust 13, 2020

  • Rednecks…

    “You know you’re a redneck if your home has wheels and your car doesn’t.”– Jeff Foxworthy It was as I sat with my Uncle Don and Esther on their deck in Manitoba last summer, that I recalled this . . .

    Helen Row ToewsAugust 5, 2020

  • Beach Bums

    Summer on the prairies sees folks flocking to the beach where they bask in the sun and frolic in the waves. Of course, a lake can offer many activities beyond these. It’s a place to get away from . . .

    Helen Row ToewsJuly 30, 2020

  • Hoarding

    It’s been a bit tricky to come up with fresh ideas for columns during this COVID-19 business. There’s not much to write about when you spend your day hunched over a computer, or crawling . . .

    Helen Row ToewsJuly 23, 2020

  • A sporting event

    Playing ball has long been part of summer entertainment for folks on the prairies. To spend an afternoon watching the game with hotdog in hand, or to personally participate in the sport can be . . .

    Helen Row ToewsJuly 16, 2020

  • Congratulations!

    It was a busy and emotional time this past week as our daughter Aliyah graduated from Lloydminster’s Comprehensive High School. We’re very proud of her, as I know all other parents are equally . . .

    Helen Row ToewsJuly 9, 2020

  • Meeting the folks

    A while back, our 18-year-old daughter, Aliyah, summoned her courage and announced she had a boyfriend. Naturally, we were expecting this to happen – one day – maybe somewhere in the distant future. . .

    Helen Row ToewsJune 29, 2020

  • The family that slays together, stays together?

    Due to suspended or slowed production at meat processing plants lately, some people have resorted to butchering their own pork and beef. I saw pictures of such an event on Facebook recently. . . .

    Helen Row ToewsJune 22, 2020

  • Where the wild things go

    As people around the world stay indoors during this pandemic, wild animals have taken advantage of the peace and quiet. From gangs of turkeys roaming the empty streets of Baton Rouge, U.S.A., to . . .

    Helen Row ToewsJune 17, 2020

  • Mouse Tales

    After working for several arduous years in the field of education, I’ve finally earned a few letters behind my name. Unfortunately, they aren’t the sort that prompt a raise in pay, or elicit . . .

    Helen Row ToewsJune 8, 2020

  • What’s sense got to do with it?

    “I like collecting sticks,” the little boy responded, after turning his head to one side and tapping a thoughtful finger on his chin. The children had been asked what their favourite outdoor . . .

    Helen Row ToewsJune 3, 2020

  • Exercise has come a long way, baby

    It was as I rounded a corner at work, shortly before closure, that I noticed a teacher hunched furtively outside her classroom door, sternly addressing her upraised arm. She stood alone and held no. . .

    Helen Row ToewsMay 27, 2020

  • A burning desire

    Why are human beings so captivated by fire? Specifically men, of course. Whether it be a campfire in the wilderness, tending a barbeque in the backyard, or nursing the perfect blaze within a . . .

    Helen Row ToewsApril 9, 2020

  • Good taste?

    During this time of alarming updates and depressing news, I think it’s more important than ever to take a moment to relax and breathe. I write this tale in hopes of bringing you that moment. . . .

    Helen Row ToewsMarch 21, 2020

  • Necessary Evils/Finding Love

    As I sat in a waiting room after having driven a friend to her colonoscopy appointment, I considered the whole subject of unpleasant medical exams – hers in particular and mine by extension. . . .

    Helen Row ToewsMarch 5, 2020

  • The truth will set you free

    Why is it that when we human beings are accused, blamed or questioned, either rightly or wrongly, our first inclination is to immediately deny responsibility? It’s a reflex action I suppose. Of . . .

    Helen Row ToewsFebruary 24, 2020

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