A great thing about Edmonton is how generous people are about giving advice. Smart, solid, lovingly given advice, too, not the smarmy, condescending kind. I have recently found some excellent mentors who are giving me the advice I need to make this venture go, about which I’m feeling particularly grateful. So we’re going to start the roundup with advice of all kinds, serious and silly:
- Andrea Beça giving advice dressed as a banana is simply the most delightful thing I saw all week and I want more.
- Elizabeth Withey reflects on shedding an old shell and making room for the new.
- Cross-country skiing teaches Donloree Hoffman a lot about how to get along in this life.
- Lindsey McNeill offers a cautionary tale of fear in the film industry from guest poster Karen Dantas.
- Katie Kelly finds a lot of upside to sharing a tiny apartment with her fiance.
- Sarah Gardener explains what it takes to run a successful social media contest.
- Vickie Laliotis is working hard at turning herself into a morning person.
- Nicole Hammond was scared to start blogging at Pink Pencil Skirt, but she’s so glad she did.
- Mack Male covers the Postmedia layoffs and what they mean for Edmonton. (There are updates in his Media Monday post.)
- David Climenhaga examines ‘Postmedia’s one-headed, two-bodied Edmonton news entity‘ and predicts what will happen next.
- Robin Brownlee laments the loss of sports reporters and competition between the Sun and the Journal in light of the cuts and consolidation.
- Sharon Yeo kicks off her food notes with a tribute to Liane Faulder, the food writer who lost her job at the Journal last week.
- Trent Wilkie reflects on leaving the newspaper business before it left him.
- I wrote about the Postmedia cuts and what happens next as well.
- Randall Talbot captures the beauty of a fluffy snowfall.
- Maria K enjoyed the marshmallow world, too!
- And how about a wintry engagement photo session? Stacey Knopp found a couple who commemorated their love in the snow.
- Shayne Woodsmith tells the story of the Flying Canoe — both the legend and the winter festival inspired by it.
- Christine Bruckmann invites you to donate some warm clothes to the Bissell Centre at the #BundleTheBissell drive on Jan. 27.
Music, theatre, art
- YEG Music Magazine reports the results of its Best in #YEGMusic vote. Lots of deserved kudos and (for me) new discoveries on the list.
- A good companion piece is Evan van Ramshorst’s 2014 film, Sound of Edmonton, shared on I Heart Edmonton.
- Michael Senchuk reviews Royal Streets at the New Moon Folk Club, a new venue at St. Basil’s Cultural Centre.
- Jenna Marynowski is previewing up a storm heading into the Canoe Theatre Festival.
- Blue Knox continues the “50 Reasons to Go See a Play” series on Curious Arts with a look at the intersection of Shakespeare and politics.
- Donna McKinnon spotlights artist and community-builder Michael Feehan, who you might remember as the guy who dressed up as the Talus Dome.
- Jay Runham presents an extra-Canadian version of his film news, including a Kickstarter to make a trailer for Soothsayer, a film by Trevor Anderson and Fish Griwkowsky.
- Karlynn Johnston is back in the fray with a recipe for chocolate chip banana scones and some reflections on the writing life.
- And how about these biscuits from Margaret Bose-Johnson?
- Lillian Tse updates her popular Earl Grey macaron recipe, and takes us through the arduous process that leads to such a delightful confection.
- Allan Suddaby explains the logic behind a sandwich that might seem like it’s made from ‘incredibly random’ ingredients.
- Twyla Campbell counts herself lucky to have secured some ramen at the newly opened Prairie Noodle Shop.
- Cindy Nguyen reviews Washoku Bistro, a new restaurant that I was thrilled to see replace a payday loan joint on 124th Street.
- Maegan Lukian puts together an extensive how-to on reducing food waste.
- History will be kind to former Alberta premier Ed Stelmach, says Dave Cournoyer, which is particularly generous and interesting if you know Dave’s history with the man.
- Trent Portigal looks at the 1915 attempt to undo the decision to number Edmonton’s streets.
- Moly Milosovic looks back at the history of the Maple Leaf Athletic Club, a cradle of hockey in Edmonton.
- Stephanie Medford previews the Skills Society’s Action Lab in the latest installment of the Local Good’s series on collaborative spaces.
- Sarah Meier adapts to her pregnant body while continuing to pursue fitness at the gym.
- Dajana Fabjanovich is getting her house ready for two babies.
- Sunil Agnihotri doesn’t want to burst your bubble about the Oilers squeaking into the playoffs, but, well, pop.
Even more posts can be found at ShareEdmonton. You can find these picks and previous ones on my Flipboard magazine.
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