That was a tough week. We will get to some reflections on that. But first, let’s look at some posts that made me think about giving and receiving:
- A lovely gift could be made of Margaret Bose-Johnson’s homemade pumpkin pie spice mix.
- Nicole Winski sings the praises of Ashley Green’s Love Letters 2 Strangers workshop.
- Maria K. of Simple Moodlings tells the story of two hugs that meant a lot.
- Valerie Lugonja recounts her tasty and love-filled 60th birthday celebration.
- Holly Baker kicks off her shop-local series with a consignment boutique called Blogger Armoire.
- Laura Frey makes a literary gift guide that may or may not be a heavy hint to loved ones.
- Donna McKinnon finds a beautiful book for the curious kid on your list.
- Michelle Peters-Jones celebrates Diwali with a recipe for pear tarte tatin.
A search for meaning
- Ali Grotkowski reflects on the questions raised by Friday’s attacks in Paris and what we can realistically do here.
- Brandon Schatz makes an eloquent plea for empathy in the wake of the violence.
Power and politics
- Mayor Don Iveson explains his stance on the three-year operating budget that city council will deliberate on at the end of this month.
- Michael Janz lays out why the Edmonton public school board, which he chairs, wants the freedom to leave the Alberta School Boards Association.
- A good companion piece is Dave Cournoyer’s look at how Edmonton’s public board has been pushing the ASBA to create a policy that protects LGBTQ students and staff.
- Rev Recluse found the 1968 story about Premier Notley’s dad becoming leader of the Alberta New Democrats. (The 1913 story headlined “Moral condition of Edmonton is relatively good” is a treasure, too.)
Take a break
- Mack Male has put together a comprehensive guide to Edmonton’s winter festivals and events.
- Erin Wallace proposes a “do-it-yourself Art Gallery Walk” on 124th Street.
- TJ Jans talks to the artist behind an interesting installation at the University of Alberta’s department of women’s and gender studies.
- Kristen Finlay shares the thrill of opening night for the play Wind In Her Sails.
- Little Miss Andrea has the goods on Rostizado’s new menu.
- Jody Bailey captured some dramatic shots at the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
- Is whipping axes at targets a fun thing to do with your beloved? #YEG Date Night thinks so in its review of Axehole.
- Chris Tse reviews three climbing gyms on the Blitz Conditioning blog.
- Rylan Kafara talks to Mike and Dove from Jr. Gone Wild about their history and the documentary being made about the great Edmonton band.
- If you’re selling online, Tema Frank has some tips for getting your website ready.
- Sunil Agnihotri says the NHL is not giving the advanced-stats analysts like him what they need.
- On Lowetide, Allan Mitchell crafts a rhythmic and heartfelt post about yet another Oilers loss.
- Lauren LaBossiere shares a recipe for spiced prawns in compound butter that looks awfully good.
- Lillian Tse and her husband Dan embark on another cooking adventure, this time with oven-baked fries.
- David Climenhaga wonders whether it’s time to retire In Flanders Fields, and his commenters chime in with various takes on the subject.
- Matt Bowes interviews the editor of Satanic Panic, an essay collection on a particularly weird period in history.
- Erika Barootes says there’s no such thing as balance, but setting priorities can take you a long way.
- Stephen Robinson gets ready to launch a new season of 52Skillz, his video series about learning and life.
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