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“Not too bad.” That’s the common reply on the prairies to a friendly “How are you?” It’s also common out here in my new home in the Maritimes.

I had to laugh when a friend of mine, born and raised in agricultural country, explained its popularity.

“When you farm, every day is bad. But today? Not too bad.”

How are we all doing nowadays?

It’s easy to watch the evening news, or scan the news feed on the Web, and feel that every day is bad and that all trends are downward.

The rest of the article by Prof. John Stackhouse can be read HERE.