Edmonton blog roundup: March 8, 2016

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:

Aquarius Orchid, Breakfast Jones
One of a series of images created by Kendyl Lauzon of Breakfast Jones to inspire herself. I chose Aquarius because I’m a February baby, but there’s one for every month. (Used with permission from breakfastjones.blogspot.ca)

Warm fuzzies

  • 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.

Feed me

  • 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.

This is just a taste of what can be found among the blogs of Edmonton. You can find much more at ShareEdmonton. These picks and previous ones are on my Flipboard magazine.

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