‘Tis the season, I suppose — you can’t swing a holly branch without hitting a gift guide in blogland these days. I’ve got a bit of bah-humbug in me, but these posts are actually pretty useful for a locally focused person like me.
And so, let’s begin with gifts and giving:
- Amanda Sutherland lists some local one-stop shops to visit.
- Deb Merriam encourages Christmas shoppers to show off their local shopping and participate in the next 124th Street Cash Mob.
- Stephanie Mitchell makes a Christmas wish list with a healthy dollop of local in it.
- Shayne Woodsmith looks at Marissa Loewen’s knitting bee to make toques, scarves and mittens for Syrian refugees.
Oh, those Oilers
- The Oilers’ rebuild has been a failure, but that doesn’t mean its core of players is rotten, argues Matt Henderson. (P.S. The team has been on a streak since these posts were written, but I still think they are worth reading.)
- He also excoriates a Hockey News writer‘s argument that the NHL shouldn’t let the Oilers win the draft lottery again.
- Wanye Gretz finds four reasons why this 30th-place Oilers team is not as bad as previous 30th-place Oilers teams.
- John Richardson is grateful that building the new arena is putting a lot of people to work.
- Vintage Edmonton’s collection of clippings from 1978 includes a story about the first Vietnamese refugees arriving in the city.
- Vintage Edmonton rounds up various ads for night life over the years, from “A Polite Vaudeville Co.” to strippers at Tita’s.
- Always interesting to find a route I travel a lot on Lost YEG.
- Colleen Murray tries to find the grave of a long-lived great-great-grandfather.
- Family Fun Edmonton makes the case for taking the kids to see the Magna Carta.
- Lillian Tse shows she’s not afraid of a complex recipe with her how-to on Paris-Brest. I guess the difficulty level of macarons will do that for you!
- Margaret Bose-Johnson pushes back against the empty-nest syndrome she’s been feeling with a squares recipe she took with her when she left home.
- Chris Falconer reviews the Swine and Dine dinner at the Hotel Macdonald.
- The Edible Woman’s hibiscus and pomegranate jellies are practically good for you, and so pretty.
- Fish Griwkowsky is getting rid of stuff using the minimalist game.
- Laura Frey has been BookTubing up a storm, with a wrap of Novellas in November and regular dips into the short story advent calendar.
- Jenna Marynowski reviews Burning Bluebeard, a particularly apt offering at the Roxy on Gateway, risen from the ashes of the Roxy on 124th.
- Kelly-Dawn Aulenbach shares the lessons she hopes her children learned on a recent trip.
- Stacey K features an incredibly stylish wedding in pink and black on yegwed.
- Alyssa Lau shows her winter style on a day with just enough snow.
- Chris Tse tries fatbiking through the snow and likes it.
- Paper Leaf launched a Twitter-powered robot and it became quite the Internet sensation, writes Jeff Archibald.
- Dave Forster does an instructive post-mortem after his company’s website was hacked.
- Kendyl Lauzon is home again, with plenty of lessons about herself under her belt.
- Natasha Chiam wonders angrily why women repudiate the term feminist.
- On I Heart Edmonton, Erin Hoskins shares how WINGS of Providence helped her escape an abusive relationship and make a new life.
- Tessa Stamp explores what it has been like to work as a theatre technician among mostly men, in the latest #bitchplease instalment on Lindsey McNeill’s blog.
- Lori Godin gives us an entertaining glimpse at the chaos of motherhood.
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