Edmonton blog roundup: Feb. 7, 2017

Feb 7 blog roundup

I’m a big fan of little sparks of clever creativity. I received some this week from Sandra Sperounes, co-creator of Edmojis, a custom keyboard with Edmonton-themed emojis, and a couple of pins to boot. What else have Edmontonians come up with recently? Well, let’s dig into the blog roundup and see.
Hannah of Honey & Betts names her favourite Edmonton Instagrammers; Ashley Janssen kicks off a three-part series on social media with a look at the good; and Nadine Riopel explores how networking online can help make connections in real life.
The Top 17 Edmonton Bloggers, Influencers & Photographers...
You may remember my round up post of Edmonton fashion bloggers last summer, and now I thought why not share my favourite local Edmonton bloggers, influencers & photographers that I…
The Good, Bad and Ugly of Social Media: Part 1 - The Good
Social media has dramatically changed the way we engage with each other. It is a nebulous and ever-changing landscape of micro-interactions that allow us to share and consume unprecedented…
Networking and Social Media
Many people blame the rise of social media and online networking for the decline of in-person relationships, and they do have a point. It’s much easier to stay home alone than it used to…
Carole Anne Devaney has had enough of your inspirational quotes; She Who Seeks engages in a blogathon about Canadian culture; and Paper Leaf releases another lovely desktop calendar wallpaper.
Spare Me Your Inspirational Quotes! - Carole Anne Devaney /...
February 3, 2017 // by Carole Anne Devaney // They’re everywhere; especially on social media. I’m talking about those inspirational quotes that force you to re-evaluate your entire…
O Canada! Blogathon 2017
O Canada! Blogathon 2017
Just a reminder that theO Canada! Blogathon 2017 starts tomorrow and continues all weekend! Stay tuned for my upcoming three posts on Guy Maddin’s film, My Winnipeg. If you want to browse…
February 2017 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Paper Leaf
This seems to be a trend, as once again we’ve made a February wallpaper that has absolutely nothing to do with Valentines Day. But flowers and cupids are overrated, right? Freshen up your…
On to journalism: Grant Ainsley gives a PR-eye-view on how reporters operate; Bryan Myers recalls his early days as a reporter; Jeff Samsonow kicks off Edmonton Quotient with an emphasis on the entrepreneurial side of entrepreneurial journalism; and Mack Male rounds up what you need to know about local media (including a wee bit of news about me).
Four Things You Need to Know About Reporters
Almost every time I do a media training session, I’m reminded how most people don’t understand some fundamental details about the news business and news reporters. It’s understandable….
Started From the Bottom | Bryan Myers
I moved into my first apartment six months after starting out as a reporter in Lloydminster. For the next four months I slept on an air mattress until I could afford a real bed….
Entrepreneurial journalism
Today I flipped the switch and launched Edmonton Quotient into the Internet. It may not be, technically, my first business but it’s certainly the first one I’ve approached that way from…
Media Monday Edmonton: Update #239 - MasterMaq.ca Blog
Here’s my latest update on local media stuff: Stuart Thomson wrote about how an increasing number of press secretaries at the Legislature used to be journalists. “The path from journalism…
Valentine’s Day approaches! Linda Hoang suggests fun things to do with your honey; YEG Date Night draws attention to the Lego Store’s interesting offering; and Diana at 204 Park shares her heart-shaped pizza recipe.
Explore Edmonton: Things To Do For Valentine's Day 2017 - LINDA...
I love love! And I love celebrating love. I try to do this year-round, but like having an excuse to do it each year on Valentine’s Day. Here’s a list of date ideas I’ve put together to…
First Ever Adult Building Night at the Lego Store
Kids aren’t having all the fun at the LEGO store this month. For the first time ever, there’s a fun event tailored for adults, in-store. On Valentine’s Day, if you’re searching for…
Heart Shaped Pizza
Now that we’re in February prepare for the onslaught of Valentine’s posts everywhere you turn! haha While I love Valentine’s day decor and crafts (because pink is my favourite color),…
More food! Valerie Lugonja learns how to make Russian dumplings; Alexis Hillyard makes hashbrowns and many, many jokes with her sister Ainsley; John Richardson finds a way to make gluten-free bread that he enjoys; Dan Barnes turns old bread into yummy croutons as part of Roadwordy’s #100daysofcooking challenge; Gabby of The Broke Girl Blog makes black bean enchiladas; and Maegan Lukian of hand-meyd makes popcorn with bacon fat and kale, which cancel each other out, right?
Russian Dumplings: Armenian Style Boraki
Teigtaschen, Boraki (Armenian style) and Mantji style Russian Dumplings are all made from this same recipe with only 5 simple ingredients: flour, water, salt, ground beef and onion. It is…
Sisterbliss Schwartzies Hashbrowns! Stump Kitchen 29
SISTERBLISS with special guest Jezebel the Dog.
On Gluten-Free Bread
Hoy, ayer y mañana se comen caminando, consumimos un día como una vaca ardiente, nuestro ganado espera con sus días contados, pero en tu corazón el tiempo echó su harina, mi amor…
Lettuce eat: On day 25, Dan stages a crouton coup
It’s a topsy turvy world, folks. A xenophobic, mysoginistic kleptocrat is in the White House, the Oilers are in a playoff spot, and I have taken over our blog. Actually, my lovely wife…
Black Bean Enchiladas
Hey guys! I have to start this post apologizing for the shoddy quality of these pictures- I try to only post things if the pictures are at least decent, and these were taken when my phone…
Honey Bacon-Butter Popcorn with Crushed Kale Chips | [hand-meyd]
When I get my hands on a beautiful package of organic free-range bacon, I don’t waste any part of it, not even the rendered fat. One of my favorite ways to use bacon fat is to make bacon…
Lindy Pratch shares her January reading stats; Laura Frey comes to the defence of Jonathan Franzen; and the Edmonton Arts Council previews artist David Garneau’s plans for Tawatinâ Bridge.
January 2017 Reading Stats plus Audiobook Recommendations
In July last year, I started doing a monthly summary of my reading, which I then posted on my Litsy account. I’ve decided to start sharing it here too. I spent over two weeks in New…
Franzen blaming
Sometime during the Purity publicity blitz of 2015, I added “Franzen apologist” to my Twitter bio. I was tired of defending every out-of-context interview quote and excerpt individually….
Artist David Garneau to Create 400 Paintings for Edmonton's...
Canadian Métis artist David Garneau is the commissioned artist for Edmonton’s Tawatinâ Bridge. The bridge will link the south side and downtown portions of the Valley Line LRT. The…
Jenna Marynowski of After the House Lights finds a passionate community theatre in Leduc; Sable Chan chats with Cinderella’s stylish stepsisters on The Choir Girl; and Rev Recluse unearths coverage of a crazy concert in 1971.
Dance and drama unite in a true community production of Sleeping...
One of the beautiful things about community theatre is that it shifts and adapts to the needs of the community as they arise. One example of that type of shift can be seen in Leduc Drama…
The Sassy Sisters of Cinderella. An Interview with Caitlin Wood...
The sisters of Cinderella sparkle with a searing sassiness. Soprano, Caitlin Wood, and Mezzo-Soprano, Sylvia Szadovszki play the sisters, Clorinda and Tisbe, in Edmonton Opera’s upcoming…
Vintage Edmonton: Quicksliver/Captain Beefheart & The Magic...
The triple bill consisting of the genial psychedelic-rock of San Francisco’s Quicksilver, the delta blues by way of Ornette Coleman free-jazz of Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band, and…
Paula Kirman reflects on her role as a documenter of activism in Edmonton; Steve Finkelman tells the wrenching story of his son’s death on the newly launched Voices for Traffic Safety; and Troy Pavlek takes a look at what city council has been discussing lately.
Reflections on Being an Active Citizen
I was invited by Southminster-Steinhauer United Church to speak as a guest during the service on February 5. I was asked to speak about my experience as an organizer of the Women’s March…
Police at the door
Three years ago today our son, David, lay dying on Whyte Avenue. Just after noon, on a bright, crisp January day, an 18-year-old woman drove her 2007 yellow Chevy Cobalt into our son while…
This Week at Edmonton City Council: January 30-February 3
Despite very lean agendas for this week’s committee meetings, Edmonton City Council got quite a bit done. This week Mayor Don Iveson made infill an election issue. The Mature Neighbourhood…
On 12th Night, Liz Nicholls reviews Disgraced, a Citadel production that turns out to be extra-timely; on Almost Infinite, Graham MacFarlane reflects on the evils of Trumpism and why Canadians oughtn’t be self-righteous about it; and on Style On Purpose, Sue Heuman sees politics play out in retail stores.
Disgraced: are we as tolerant and progressive as we think? A...
It’s a particularly unnerving week to see a play as, well, nervy as Disgraced. The news has seen to that. The snags in the social fabric are unravelling at a horrifying rate. Islamophobia…
Except By Righteousness
Back in June 2016, I found myself recalling the week following an act of evil. Today I’m there again, this time closer to home and on my side of the Canada-USA border. I was saddened by…
Fashion and politics
By now you’ve heard that several stores, including my fave Nordstrom, have stopped offering Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. Some people may think that this is a corporate reaction to…
And bringing politics back to Alberta, Dave Cournoyer begins tracking the nominations for the next provincial election on daveberta, and Mike Ross applies his Extreme Enginerding to the redrawing of Alberta’s electoral map.
Candidate nominations begin for Alberta's next election but the...
The next election may be more than two years away but that is not stopping eager potential candidates from wanting a head start on the hustings. Both the Alberta Party and Wildrose Party…
Redistricting in Alberta
Every eight to ten years, the Alberta Electoral Boundary Commission meets up to reconfigure the riding boundaries for upcoming elections. This is a fairly important part of our democracy,…
A little bit of parenting: Lori Godin of Frugal Edmonton Mama shares her road trip checklist; Kelly-Dawn Aulenbach gives herself permission to do what she can under the circumstances; Marie a la Mode shares pictures of her impossibly cute little Miles; and Trent Wilkie gets poetic.
Five Things to do Before Your Next Road Trip with Kids
When it comes to getting out of the house, we’ve always got the best intentions. We say we’re going to get up early, we set all of the alarms and we (last minute) get the laundry washed…
Lampadedromia-the new family sport
Lampadedromia-the new family sport
Well, my 2017 is off to a rather pathetic start. I’m on day 21 of a sinus infection that has really knocked me off my feet (I am in fact feeling a bit better today, at least well enough to sit at the computer and type).
Life, Lately
Hi! It’s Marie, remember me? I used to blog ; ) I realize it’s been quite awhile since my last post, (like a looooong time) and I’ve missed writing and sharing and connecting with you…
Four haikus about postpartum
First wave: Misunderstanding. Our home is now upside down. What just happened? Second wave: What is going on? Did I wake up somewhere else? Am I still asleep? Third wave: My efforts don’t…
Sports is up next. Erika Ensign of fangirlknitsscarf finds joy in the surprisingly successful Oilers; Avry Lewis-McDougall celebrates a great tennis player in honour of Black History Month; and Copper & Blue’s @sdh0809 urges hockey and everyone to move from talk to action on mental health.
Go Oilers!
With all the awfulness going on in the world these days (and boy oh boy is there a lot of it), I’m trying to remind myself that it’s still ok to experience joy. In fact, it’s probably…
Before Serena and Venus, There Was Althea
By Avry Lewis-McDougall 23 Grand Slam titles. A mark finally reached by Serena Williams this weekend at the Australian Open to set the mark for the most all time in the Open Era of Tennis…
Taking the Next Steps: Hockey and Mental Health
The tweets have been sent and now it’s time for something different
And, to wrap things up, Colette Mondor interviews a teacher about technology in the classroom; Michelle Taylor of Bandwidth Era reflects on neglect; and Donloree Hoffman gets inspired by a podcast on a run.
An Interview With Marjorie Foth
Marjorie is currently a grade four teacher with Edmonton Public Schools (EPSB) and has helped open one of the new schools. This is the second time she was a part of a staff that opened a…
NEGLECT IS A FOUR LETTER WORD
We either nourish our souls by what we allow in our heads or wither under the oppression of our own neglect. Neglect is a powerful thing. I don’t know of anything else that erodes sense of…
Because I am weird and I know it | Donloree
It was -15 C, very dark and I had just been nearly maimed by a man running sled dogs on the trails but it didn’t stop me from risking frostbite to capture some of the ah-hah! moments as…
OK, that is way too much, and yet such a small fraction of what you could find out there. Find more on ShareEdmonton or in previous blog roundups, and if you like Flipboard, I put these there, too. If you would like this sort of thing, along with other treasures, delivered to your inbox every other Saturday, subscribe to my newsletter.

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