Edmonton blog roundup: Nov. 16, 2015

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:

The Kitchen Frau's pumpkin pie spice mix
Imagine what Margaret Bose-Johnson’s kitchen smells like when she uses her homemade pumpkin pie spice mix. (Photo used with permission from kitchenfrau.com)
  • 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
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
Miscellany

That’s a lot, but there’s more at ShareEdmonton. I collect my picks in a Flipboard magazine, and I share stuff on Twitter: @seenandheardyeg and @karenunland. My podcast roundup comes out on Fridays.

The roundups, the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast and more will come directly to you every Monday if you sign up for the Seen and Heard in Edmonton newsletter.


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