It’s nice to be back at it after a week away from the roundup. Last week was a blur: My daughter was in the hospital; Mack and I launched Taproot Edmonton; I spoke at Journalist Interrupted and at the Canadian Association of Journalists conference; and we had our podcasting meetup. Kind of a lot, but nothing we couldn’t handle thanks to the help of family and friends. Happy endings all around.
Let’s begin with media and makers:
- Mack Male announces Taproot Edmonton, a new member-supported home for local journalism.
- For more media-related matters, including some of the things I’ve been up to, check out Mack’s Media Monday.
- “Dominion newspaper folk are Edmonton guests today,” declares a 1924 headline in Vintage Edmonton; 92 years later, the National Newspaper Awards brought the same kind of folk here.
- Lindsey McNeill sets up Randy Brososky’s ambitious 100in1Day project, Hellevator.
- And hey, there’s Randy on Faces of Edmonton, talking about what motivates him.
- Justina Smith shares a whimsical series of anthropomorphic animals commissioned by food blogger Chris Falconer.
- Kendyl Lauzon has embarked on a 100-day photo project to centre herself.
- Paper Leaf’s desktop wallpaper for June is going to make me happy for the whole month.
- Forrest Zeisler outlines what design means at Jobber in light of a recent makeover.
- Dave Cournoyer gets a scoop on what MLA Derek Fildebrandt has to do if he wants to return to the Wildrose caucus she’s been suspended from.
- The Alberta legislature’s first mace was made out of “pipes and mugs and toilet parts,” writes Bruce Cinnamon.
- Mike Ross sort of salutes whoever runs the trollish but funny @Burger_Baron account on Twitter.
Music and theatre
- Sable Chan interviews choral composer Stuart Beatch in a post that comes complete with Pro Coro’s performance of one of his pieces.
- Michael Senchuk recounts how the Tragically Hip have provided the soundtrack to his life.
- Megan remembers her best first kiss, and other musical memories jogged by the news about Gord Downie.
- The Northern Sessions found quite the interesting setting for a couple of videos with Jordan Norman & The Wisdom Teeth.
- Colin Maclean writes up the resurrection of the Varscona Theatre.
Hockey all the time
- Matt Henderson takes another run at “hockey people” who dismiss analytics when making decisions.
- Corey Travers constructs a model to see if Taylor Hall should have made Canada’s World Cup of Hockey team.
- Kyla Lane’s opinion of Taylor Hall improves after seeing him perform in the world hockey championships.
- OilersNation is teaming up with the Edmonton Prospects to inject a little baseball into your hockey, complete with a tryout from Chris the Intern.
- Jess Holt is at her wit’s end when it comes to making supper for her twin toddlers.
- Stu Kehrig’s baby Sophia tries solid food for the first time.
- As we head towards the International Children’s Festival, Trent Wilkie chats about fatherhood with St. Albert events manager Stephen Bourdeau.
- When you’re having a bad day, take five, says Lori Godin. It makes all the difference.
- Erika Ensign takes a kind of comfort in the fact that you can’t go back, and focuses on the future. (Also, hire her.)
- Be kind to yourself, writes Vickie Laliotis.
- Kira Paran is having trouble saying goodbye to the house her family is about to outgrow.
- I’m glad I can find out from Jen Ference what it feels like to run 80 km, because I am never going to do that. (Plus she did it for a great cause.)
- Nicole Rowan shows how she’s been styling with a cast on her foot.
- Marie a la Mode has suggestions for choosing a photographer to capture your newborn’s earliest days.
- Katie Kelly finds ways to save money on laundry.
- I didn’t know you could eat spruce tips, but Margaret Bose-Johnson says you can, and has the salad recipe to prove it.
- Maegan Lukian has a recipe for roasted bananas with honey and fresh lavender that sounds so good.
- Nicole Winski reveals the results of a bedroom makeover.
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