I’m noticing a lot of contemplation and feelings out there in blog land lately. It’s a privilege to witness vulnerability; it gives us the strength to be vulnerable ourselves. Let’s take care of ourselves, so we can take care of others:
- Kendyl Lauzon inspires herself out of a funk with a gorgeous series of images and smart reflections to go with them. (They’re now in her Etsy shop!)
- Andrea Beça is back giving advice while dressed as a banana. It’s apt, hilarious and surprisingly touching.
- Ashley Janssen tells me things I need to hear about combatting the culture of busy.
- Robert Truscott is making his way through the limbo that cancer has caused in his life.
- Brandon Schatz asked for help and got it, and he has a creative plan for dealing with the stuff that brings him down.
- Jerry Aulenbach raised more than $10,000 for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation through his Beards on Ice tour across Canada.
- Amrita Gill tells the story of a young man’s effort to bring food-sharing from the Sikh gurdwara to the streets of Edmonton with the Seva Truck.
- Dajana Fabjanovich celebrates one month with her adorable baby boys.
- Marie a la Mode’s baby is almost here!
- On yegwed, you’ll see a couple of love stories that will warm your heart, one with engagement photos and one with wedding photos.
Arts and culture
- John Richardson reflects on “7: Professional Native Indian Artists, Inc.,” the blockbuster show featuring groundbreaking indigenous artists at the Art Gallery of Alberta.
- Trent Wilkie records his musical tastes for posterity, and pays tribute to a sick friend.
- This time around, the Northern Sessions has not only two great songs with and tons of great photos of Altameda, but also an interview.
- Sable Chan interviews Melissa Morgan, artistic director of the Prairie Chamber Choir — I love that this exists.
- On The Wanderer, Shrida Sahadevan chats with Chan Hon Goh, former prima ballerina of the National Ballet of Canada.
- I believe Jay Runham is inventing a new genre: The gif-illustrated monologue. It’s brilliant.
- Venerable theatre critic Colin Maclean is writing for Gig City now. Here’s his review of Alice Through the Looking Glass.
- Two-ingredient pancakes? I am trying this, Margaret Bose-Johnson!
- This recipe from Julie’s Kitchen Adventures for deconstructed salad looks like it’s in my wheelhouse.
- Cabbage roll soup may not be pretty, but it is delicious, and besides, you can always style it, says Karlynn Johnston.
- Love Pizza, which has been all over the food blogs lately, commissioned Justina Smith to make a painting of the restaurant.
- I think you bloggers might like this mug that Megan McKenna found.
Taking care of business
- Jeff Archibald explains why and how his team built Kubb, a project management dashboard app.
- Stacey Knopp had a great time talking to wedding planners how to up their online game, and previews a workshop she’s giving for wedding businesses.
- Poppy Barley’s latest magazine is out, with all kinds of stories on the theme of travel, and a nice Q&A with Adam Rozenhart.
- Rakesh Soni of LoginRadius outlines the value of data your customers give you, and why businesses should safeguard and nurture it.
- Emil Tiedemann chronicles the first part of his #buyYEG challenge to shop local for a month.
- Mack Male gathers up a bunch of recent transportation news.
- There’s a new blog called Edmonton Weather Nerdery that I am already totally in love with. Here’s a comparison of Edmonton’s weather in 1880-81 to that of 2014-15.
- Vintage Edmonton has a wrestling program for a show at the Northlands Sales Pavilion in 1961.
- Vintage Edmonton also has a story and picture from 1978 of the “Cyclops homes” or “bubble townhouses” in Oliver.
- John Richardson shares the widespread incredulity that the province is looking to demolish the old Royal Alberta Museum.
- Nick Kazakoff of OneTwoSix Design shares the ideas behind the installations that will grace Latitude 53’s Parka Patio on March 12.
Have you ever read this and thought, “We should do roundups like this on our blog!” You totally should. I can equip you to do it.
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