Edmonton blog roundup: Nov. 8, 2016

Edmonton blog roundup: Nov. 8, 2016
I need some distraction from American politics, and perhaps you do, too. Here is a whole bunch of something else to think about:
We begin with self-care, because that seems like a smart thing to invest in these days. Variant Edition will help you out with that; Kendyl Lauzon draws her anxiety; Megan of Mastering Health finds joy; Rachel Jones ignores negativity; and Nic Winski recovers her writing mojo.
Announcing: Variant Edition's Affirmatron 3000
Ever since we started the new chapter of Variant Edition, we’ve been looking for ways to help people connect with ourselves and each other in positive ways. That was the thinking behind…
anxiety in pictures
I missed over a week of writing, because my anxiety had other ideas. Don’t ask me what I’m anxious about. I don’t have an answer; and yet I have a million. Anxiety doesn’t want me to…
Finding Joy - masteringhealth
There’s a subtle difference between joy and happiness; a simple attitude towards finding joy instead of simply being happy. Happiness can be hard to choose at times. So often our lives are…
Creative Moms: Here Are 4 Reasons To Ignore Negativity
When I first had the idea to blog, to share my thoughts through writing, I was worried about one thing: negativity. What if I received nasty or critical feedback online or in person? What…
Why I Quit Blogging (and Why I'm Back Again)
My love of storytelling and blogging began in kindergarten, with riveting tales of girls named Sophie. This is Sophie. Sophie made the stars. She turned purple. She had long legs. Sophie…
You can always escape to another place: Rhonda Krause went to Easter Island; Hannah of Honey & Betts went to Calgary; Lindsey of Over My Styled Body went to Scotland; and Linda Hoang and Karlie Marazzo went to Jasper. Also, Kelly-Dawn Aulenbach has sage advice on how to travel happily with children.
Rano Raraku- Carving Site of Easter Island's Moai | Travel? Yes...
Scattered across the slope of a volcano are hundreds of stone heads, their serious facial expressions gazing out over Easter Island’s barren landscape. These are moai- idolized by the…
What To Do For A Weekend In Calgary? Fine Food & Drinks Guide
What a weekend in Calgary! My 3 bffs and I made our way down this past weekend for a few days of relaxation and restoration. We are all in very different times in our lives right now, but…
Scotland | Must Do's In Edinburgh - Over My Styled Body
Edinburgh was the first city we travelled to and explored when we got to Scotland. It was the beginning of the trip and I was beyond excited to start sight seeing while Josh on the other…
Christmas in November Guide: Make the Most of Your Weekend!
Have you heard of Christmas in November? Have you been? Christmas in November at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a getaway like no other! It’s 4 days of Christmas – in November. Ha!
Jasper Dark Sky Festival: An Astronomical Weekend in the Rockies
By Karlie Marrazzo A glow-in-the-dark map of the Solar System graced my bedroom wall when I was a little girl, accented by luminescent cutouts of stars, moons and planets pasted to my…
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Road Trip Tips

I grew up on road trips. I drove from Nova Scotia to Alberta (9550 Kilometers round trip) many times as a child. The logistics of road trips get tricky. Especially when every seat of your seven passenger vehicle is full.
If you can’t get away, there are other ways to explore different worlds: Jenna Marynowski previews the reprise of Darrin Hagen’s Tornado Magnet; Jennifer Quist publishes a short story; Erika Ensign ponders fame upon returning from a podcasting festival; Nicole Rowan thrifts her way to happiness; Stephanie Mitchell offers up something delicious; and the Northern Sessions gives us a musical escape with 100 Mile House.
Tornado Magnet a story of family and community
“There’s that phrase in writing: the specific point to the universal. This is the play where I learned that the more specific I get, the more universally people take it… Everybody who…
My New Fiction in "Prairie Fire" is Also a Preview of My...
Last night, right before lights-out, I checked the website of venerable old Canadian literary magazine Prairie Fire and found it had been updated to show the Fall 2016 issue–the issue…
Fame Is Relative
No, this is not a treatise on North American culture and our fascination with/addiction to celebrity. The internet is littered with thinkpieces about that. This is simply a personal…
October Thrift Haul
If I don’t share this quick, November will be over and I will have missed my chance entirely!! Time flies, yet I apparently found plenty of time to thrift in October, kicking the month off…
kladdkaka: sticky chocolate cake
This simple chocolate cake is apparently ubiquitous across Sweden. I haven’t visited Sweden yet, so I think I should probably do a serious research trip soon to confirm that. But in the…
100 Mile House - The Northern Sessions
A journey that started with a mistaken meeting at a show in Toronto 13 years ago has led the couple to share their unique brand of transatlantic folk at shows and festivals across this…
Maybe stats and analysis are your drug of choice. Nerd out on weather with Chris; go deep on hockey stats with Sunil Agnihotri; and go slow on the hockey-related joy or despair with Ryan Batty.
November Heatwave
Not to jinx things, but it sounds like we’re in for a few days of warm weather, with the forecast calling for about a week of highs above 10°C, and some days of 15°C or more. How unusual…
Corsi Percentage Combinations Between Forwards and Defencemen
Corsi Percentage Combinations Between Forwards and Defencemen
In praise of slow
We’re ten games into the season and I’m in no rush to reach any conclusions.
A trip into the past can be an attractive distraction, too. Lawrence Herzog remembers Edmonton’s funeral parlours (including my great-great-uncle Alec’s); Rev Recluse digs up some interesting clippings from 1909, including some hardcore touting of Edson as the next great metropolis; David Climenhaga remembers his dad, an astrophysicist and great champion of post-secondary education.
Edmonton's Dearly Departed Funeral Parlours
Funeral homes and crematoriums can be found scattered around Edmonton today, but through most of the 20th century, downtown was “the dead centre of town” in more ways than one. The…
November 4, 1909
Articles, photos, ads, audio, and film from Edmonton, Alberta’s history
Thinking about my dad on the 100th anniversary of his birth and...
PHOTOS: My dad, John L. Climenhaga, as a University of Saskatchewan undergraduate. Below: My father, in the foreground, circa 1917, about the time the asteroid now named Climenhaga in his…
If all else fails, kids and babies make things better, no? Trent Wilkie is a dad for the second time; Ana Vicioso chills with her little guy; and the cute overload on this episode of Stump Kitchen will cure whatever ails you.
Sabbatical Star Galactica
Ho. Lee. Shit. Where do I start? So, we had another bit of magic. On Oct. 25. A girl. Brytallique Arguebarn Firehazard Wilkie. Named after my imaginary childhood ombudswoman. Nope. Srsly…
Motherhood w/ Smash + Tess
If you ask any mom if she’s happy, your answer is almost always a ‘yes’. I had a few moms admit to me that there’s always that little guilt they feel when they say ‘no’ due to having…
Stump Kitchen 23: How to make Pancake Art!
Ryder and I had SO much fun decorating my stump and his hand and creating gluten free vegan pancake art! Recipe below: We used about half a cup of vegan chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of…
Maybe getting down to business is the best way forward. Ashley Janssen helps you get over your fear of self-promotion; Beverley Theresa gathers up social media no-nos; and Nadine Riopel offers ways to get the most out of networking.
Getting Started with Self-Promotion
I have a love-hate relationship with self-promotion. Even the words make me feel a bit icky. I am generally proud of my accomplishments and want others to know about them, but I feel…
Top 3 Social Media Pet Peeves Explained (SMT Ep 02)
I’m excited for you to watch this episode of Social Media Thursdays. This project has got me getting more hands on with apps and the tools in my arsenal. A year ago Gary Vee said: “The…
The Follow Up: Making the Most of Your Connections
So you’ve been to an event. You met some people. You even collected some business cards. Mission accomplished, right? Wrong. If you stop working on your connections when you leave the…
OK, fine, a little bit of politics. Dave Cournoyer looks back at other times Alberta meddled in Saskatchewan; Graham of Almost Infinite ponders the limitations of libertarianism and anarchy; and Todd Babiak thinks about the American election through the lens of his own people.
Nothing new under the Prairie Sun: Brad Wall isn't the first...
The recent news that Premier Brad Wall ‘s Saskatchewan Party is flush with cash from Calgary-based corporations is both noteworthy and concerning. Due to that province’s lax political…
Remember, Remember
I typically don’t see a film more than once during its time in the theatres. It has to be exceptional for me to go a second time before it’s available on home media. Going a third time is…
The Movement
Canadians could be more honest about the Trump thing. We take such pleasure in pretending we are somehow different or better. We don’t understand! I admit it has been fun to pretend I…
So, there we are. Look after each other and yourselves. For even more distraction, check out ShareEdmonton. You can also find these picks and previous ones on my Flipboard magazine and in past roundups. Also, if you want to know what else I’m up to, read this.


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