The reading I do for these roundups always brings me little moments of connection that I don’t expect. Oh hey, she went a place I loved when my grandparents lived on the island; oh hey, I’m going to that show, too; oh hey, I love that soundtrack; oh hey, so that’s what he’s up to. I hope you have some oh-hey moments, too:
- Nicole Winski visited a part of Vancouver Island I know well, as my grandparents used to live there. Gorgeous pictures!
- Jaron Williams tells the story of Summerland, a touted community that died after the demise of the Edmonton Interurban Railway in 1914.
- Mack Male issues a counterpoint to a National Post writer’s widely circulated condemnation of the Metro Line LRT.
- The Make Something Edmonton blog shares how the Freezeway in Victoria Park came about.
- Sandy Joe Karpetz takes a photogenic tour of Stockroom, Bamboo Ballroom’s sister store.
- Alouise Dittrick looks back at her 2015 travels and gears up for a “year of awesome” overseas.
- Miranda Post enumerates her travel intentions for the coming year, with lots of close-to-home fun on her mind.
- Adam Rozenhart is back in the video saddle, and shares with us his goals for 2016.
- Lillian Tse sets out some delicious food resolutions for 2016.
- Kristen Finlay has a lot of items on her theatre-going agenda. (Like her, I’m looking forward to Chelsea Hotel.)
- Kathy Strawson is quilting the weather.
- Katryna Rae sets forth her sewing resolutions, and shows the lovely calendar she made.
- Kristina Lynne lists the books she’s looking forward to reading (I see we share an admiration for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton!).
- Laura Frey vows to read fewer books this year (but it’s more complicated than that).
- Justine Barber kicks off the latest Poppy Barley magazine with reflections on new beginnings (including the baby she’s about to have).
- Natasha Chiam takes on the tsk-tsking about parents these days with her customary passion and smarts.
- Vickie Laliotis shares her solid and hard-won advice to her younger blogger self. Read and learn.
- Todd Babiak has an unexpected book in the works: “It’s full of crimes but it isn’t a crime novel.”
- Such a treat to see the wedding of Rita and Darlene after admiring their gorgeous engagement photos on yegwed.
- Nicole Rowan takes a birthday girl thrifting and writes it up in the most delightful way.
- Alyssa Lau rummages and finds a fashion statement in her father’s 30-year-old coat.
- Janis Galloway talks beauty and business with Elizabeth Bernardin of Blushed Beaute.
- Maegan Lukian invites you to follow along with her Ultimate Upcycle Challenge, in which she’ll turn an old door into something special.
- OilersNation throws its weight behind Pride Tape, a project to help LGBTQ athletes feel welcome at the rink.
- Cheryl Cottrell-Smith tries hot pot for lunch, and likes it a lot.
- Little Miss Andrea catches up with Prairie Noodle Shop now that it’s a full-fledged restaurant and not just a popup experiment.
- Karlynn Johnson medicates an ill-timed cold with homemade bone broth.
- “Edmonton is still in this crazy race, but you can see oil coming out of the exhaust and it’s been running hot since Lillooet, we’re one dead dog and a lost wedding ring away from a country song.” Lowetide is a poet of the Oilers’ dark years.
- Sunil Agnihotri breaks down the Oilers’ situation numbers-wise, if you prefer to examine woe in that fashion.
- Dave Cournoyer names the MLAs to watch in 2016.
- Dave Von Bieker is betting that his Apple TV will keep getting better, and make entertainment communal again.
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