Edmonton blog roundup: March 9, 2017

March 8 blog roundup

It’s still technically winter, and Mother Nature is making sure we’re aware. But there’s more light, and that’s a start. Another source of light? All the smart, interesting, touching, challenging things that bloggers post in this city. Here’s a sample:
Dustin Bajer makes the case for cities as good for the environment; Jennifer Quist takes on a popular post about how to raise teens to be responsible adults; and Brent Jans shares lots of great lessons from several decades of tabletop gaming.
The Nature of Cities: Why Cities are Good for the Environment -...
Contrary to our cultural narrative, cities are good for nature. Why? Because cities are natural and governed by same processes that created ecological systems. In fact, cities may be the…
The Idiom is Actually "Raising Children"
I think I understand why an article titled “Quit Doing These 8 Things for Your Teen This Year if You Want to Raise an Adult” keeps appearing in my Facebook newsfeed this week. It’s about…
Things I've Learned from Almost Forty Years in the Hobby
I had occasion to talk with someone I gamed with in my primordial days as a gamer, and it brought home exactly how long I’ve been involved in the tabletop gaming hobby. That train of…
Erika Ensign is looking forward to a happy March; Chris at Edmonton Weather Nerdery breaks down the pain of Smarch; and have you grabbed Paper Leaf’s March desktop wallpaper yet? You still can.
March? Already? And New Things!
Many many things about 2017 thus far have sucked royally. (Not the least of which was last week’s death of a good friend from back in Madison.) But I’m getting through it, in part, by…
Lousy Smarch Weather
The writers of The Simpsons probably didn’t have Alberta in mind when they joked about lousy Smarch weather. But sometimes March marks the end of our winter, while other times – like this…
March 2017 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper | Paper Leaf
It’s raining it’s pouring, the old man is snoring… or is that April? Who knows anymore! Climate change AMIRITE? Good luck with your March and whatever weather it surprises you with!…
Paula Kirman of Radical Citizen Media covers the happy block party that grew up to counter a hateful protest; Steve Finkelman wonders whether the proposed reset of Vision Zero will make roads safer; and Vintage Edmonton digs up a crazy article from 1947 examining whether women are fit for jury duty.
Latest Update: Drown Out Hateful Noise Block Party
General Human Rights/Social Justice: Drown Out Hateful Noise Block Party (March 4, 2017)
Is Vision Zero finally on the right track?
Edmonton’s mayor, Don Iveson, last week called for a re-launch of the city’s Vision Zero road safety program. “We need to start by recognizing that some users are more vulnerable than…
March 5, 1947
Articles, photos, ads, audio, and film from Edmonton, Alberta’s history
A couple of Oilers stories caught my eye. Matt Henderson excoriates Sportsnet for making fun of Ryan Smyth’s feelings for Edmonton, and Lowetide compares getting in on the ground floor with Bonnie Raitt to the feelings around seeing the Oilers on the cusp of a return to the playoffs.
Sportsnet Mocks Ryan Smyth | OilersNation
Last night the Sportsnet panel took some time out of its busy schedule (not even during an Oiler game) to mock Ryan Smyth and his tearful goodbye to the city of Edmonton, that city that he…
HOME PLATE
My fascination with Bonnie Raitt began in about 1975. My friend Terry used to buy a magazine called Stereo Review. A man named Julian Hirsch (sp?) would write a monthly tome about new…
Let’s eat out. Phil Wilson of Baconhound spotlights a couple of new restaurants with strong pedigrees, and Cindy of Let’s Om Nom is excited about a new pretzel shop.
Former Japanese Village Owner to Open Ramen Shop
We’ve all been to his restaurants before, be it the decades-long success story that is Japanese Village or his quick-serve rice bowl spot Banzai, but he’s always been more of a behind the…
Hanoi- Style Fried Chicken in St Albert
Edmonton has gone fried chicken crazy in the last year, and St. Albert is about to get in on the fun, thanks to Tu Le, owner of 2 of that city’s most popular eateries: Jack’s Burger…
Zwick's Pretzels: Knot Your Average Treat * LET'S OM NOM.
I never thought of myself as a pretzel person nor did I think Edmonton would have a secret hankering for the twisted treat. Zwick’s Pretzels quickly changed that with their soft knots,…
Some posts on where the food (and drink) comes from: Mack Male recaps an agriculture tour he went on; Elyse Chatterton wants to teach you how to cut up a pig; and Jason Foster rounds up the local craft beer news.
Recap: #MeetInTheMiddle - MasterMaq.ca Blog
Early in the new year I received an email invitation to take part in the inaugural Meet In the Middle event, scheduled to take place near Olds, Alberta on Agriculture Day in Canada…
Life Without Lemons: PORK BUTCHERY FOR SLOW FOOD EDMONTON
“Its a proven fact that all plans involving bacon have a ninety percent better chance of working out.” Great quality meat at a great price should be available to everyone. One way to…
RAOB: The "Why Didn't I Get to This Sooner?" Edition
It has been a while since I have gotten to a Random Acts of Beerness (now with a hip acronym – RAOB!). Not that there hasn’t been beer news that has caught my attention. It is more that I…
We could also eat in. Stephanie Mitchell of Dollop of Cream rediscovers lemon curd; Maegan Lukian of hand-meyd experiments with cold soups; and Cassie at Mouth Half Full finds her favourite use yet for zoodles.
lemon curd
As a teenager, I used to make lemon curd all the time. I remember pulling out the double-boiler and setting the bottom pot on to boil while I measured out the lemon, sugar, eggs and butter…
Cold Avocado and Kiwi Soup with Citrus Marinated Cucumber |...
I’ve been on a soup kick lately…hot or cold, I don’t care. When experimenting with proportions in this soup, I accidentally made way too much and had enough to eat for a few days. The…
Peanut Zoodle Salad + Chili Garlic Shrimp - Mouth Half Full
Well, I’ve got another zoodle recipe for you. But this one is more like a zoodle salad, as the zucchini isn’t cooked. It’s kind of funny, because I’m really not a fan of raw zucchini at…
Kitchen Magpie’s Karlynn Johnston makes a convincing case for the healthiness of brownies, and if you buy that, you might as well dive into Therese Kehler’s blondies, too.
Flourless Blender Brownies | Kitchen Frau
Ooey gooey blender brownies – 5 minutes to mix up and loaded with a secret healthy ingredient! How easy is that? (You won’t feel too guilty feeding these to your crowd.) Okay, so if…
Day 55: These blondies have all the fun
It can be hard living with a procrastibaker. You leave her alone in the house and come back to the homework not done, books and socks strewn all over the house, other unpleasant tasks…
Ainsley Hillyard smashes potatoes with a birthday girl; Larry Harris at La Bonne Vie shares some spectacular cakes he has made; and Kelly-Dawn Aulenbach contemplates birthday cake from a different angle.
How to make vegan Smashed Potatoes! Stump Kitchen 33
Callie is BACK!!!!! And…. Today is her birthday!!!!! This vegan gluten free smashed potato recipe is from Oh She Glows:…
Cakes - La Bonne Vie
Here are a few pictures of some cakes that I have made. I always like making cakes, as I am usually making one because we are celebrating some family event – like a birthday or an…
On calorie counting and birthday cakes
On calorie counting and birthday cakes
After the death of a loved one, you start to learn a lot of things about love, and loss and family.
Dani of Out of the Nest Travels prepares to take the summer off, and Bryan Myers gets ready to take a year off.
Pre-Planning for Summer Holiday
This year, for the first time since I finished High School, I’m taking the summer off! I’ve been approved to do “Income Averaging” at my job for 6 weeks in July and August and I can’t…
How to Take a Year off to Travel The World | Bryan Myers
Getting laid off (voluntarily) made the decision for me to take a year off to travel significantly easier. For the past five years, I’d been climbing the journalism ladder and building a…
How about some art? Tim Querengesser argues for funding for the return of Nuit Blanche; John Richardson sings the praises of the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts; and Sue Heuman watches art happen on the runway.
Nuit Blanche deserves every penny
One night a few years ago, downtown Edmonton was transformed into a city you wanted to walk around. In place of the rush-home silence bureaucrats and corporate workers create downtown when…
New Voices
What an inspiring evening hearing New Voices I just had! I’m still trying to process a bunch of stuff: A young lady I’ve seen have scary tantrums and whom I’ve also seen around town…
Designer Lennard Taylor impresses
On March 4th, I attended the PARK Fashion Show in Edmonton. Featured were seven designers – most from Edmonton – all Canadian, showing innovative and forward looking design. A show…
Lindy Pratch analyzes her February reading diet; Thomas Wharton re-reads The Lord of the Rings in an unusual way; and Liz Nicholls previews a reimagining of Chekhov’s The Seagull.
February's Great Reads
Okay, so last month I read a whole bunch of great books and I gave 5 stars on Goodreads to ten of them. I’ll tell you a little more about those ten (in no particular order). Don’t I Know…
Taking a Year to Read The Lord of the Rings
This year I’ve embarked on the project of reading JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings by way of his own calendar of dates, as laid out in the novel’s Appendix B, “The Tale of Years.”…
Stupid Fucking Bird: Does it give Chekhov wings or the...
By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The people of The Seagull, Anton Chekhov’s first great masterpiece, are chafing with confusion, disappointment, unrequited desire, time, ego. The people of…
Nadine Riopel shares tips for getting social in real life; Ashley Janssen airs cautionary tales about getting social online; and Lindsey of Over My Styled Body highlights Edmonton’s Instagrammiest spaces.
What To Do When Mingling is Mandatory
Recently, I’ve talked a lot about how to avoid traditional networking events and still build your network (see: You Don’t Need Networking Events). But that isn’t always possible. Maybe…
The Good, Bad and Ugly of Social Media, Part 3 - The Ugly
Social media can be an unforgiving and ugly place. It is full of so much anger and hate that it is tempting to want to respond in-kind. It is hard to not vent the pent up frustration…
Edmonton's Instagram Hot Spots - Over My Styled Body
If you’re an instagram junkie like me then you understand the importance of capturing that “perfect” shot to post on your meticulously curated feed. I’m always looking for that next…
Jeff Archibald of Paper Leaf outlines the rules that ensure better communication around projects; and Britanny Zerr of Kick Point shares best practices for link-building.
5 Simple Rules for Better Project Communication | Jeff Archibald
Every job posting in the world has “good communicator” as a requirement, and we all think we meet that requirement. We all think we’re great communicators. We cross our Ts, dot our Is,…
The Link Building Olympics | MozCon 2016 | Kick Point
By: Brittany Zerr High quality links take time and effort – it’s that simple. Olympic athletes don’t train the day before they compete – they train daily for years to hone their skills….
Kendyl Lauzon draws a metaphor for helping herself through the muck; Kari Skelton tries out three face masks, one sweet, one smurfy and one pure; and Angela at LUX Beauty Boutique gives a boudoir photo shoot a try.
the sinking horse
A little while back, I decided to illustrate something for self motivation. Much like how people use inspirational quotes, I rely on imagery and art. I’m inspired by stories and character;…
Face Masks - My Three Favourite (right now) - Kari Skelton
I’ve always been into face masks. When I was a little girl, my mom used to host spa nights for me and my friends. She would whip up a lemon and egg white mask in the kitchen, and we used…
In the Mood for Boudoir?
Posted: Mar 01 2017 | Author: LUX Staff In January, our newest LUX gal Angela had the unique opportunity to participate in a moody boudoir photo shoot with her friend Ashley.
LIndsey Locke at Flatter:Me Belts has an idea for some good you can do. And it’s always fun to peek in on Nicole Rowan’s thrift hauls.
All About Her. Period. | Supporting Women In Need
We were overwhelmed by the super-positive, genuinely heartwarming response to our February Bestie Box campaign – first and foremost, thank you for making what’s usually a pretty cold, icky…
Short Month, Big Haul
February has only 28 days but somehow I still managed to thrift about $5 per day!! BUT it was my birthday month and I found some pieces that I’ve been hunting for a long time AND I scored…
Kristina Lynn’s baby turns one month old; Ana Vicioso’s little boy turns 10 months old; and Glenn Kubish remembers when his grown son was just wee.
Surviving the First Month with a Newborn - What I Learned After...
Series, Today I’m Talking About A little while ago, I shared Jack’s birth story and now, it seems like I blinked and he’s already a month old. It’s true that time speeds up with a…
Ten Month Update With My Little Boy || Little and Lively
stumbled across Little & Lively on Instagram and I just died when I saw the designs for baby clothes. Other than the fact that their apparel is ridiculously cute, the fit is perfect! I find…
Mothers, Sons, Trains, Artists
I was on my bike on my way to pick up a dozen eggs when I saw her holding him near the LRT crossing in Belgravia, pointing at the train. The eggs get released once every two weeks to…
Speaking of parenting, Edmomton’s Rachel Jones profiles the sisters behind Yo Mama; Jenna Marynowski previews The Mommy Monologues on After the House Lights; and Christine Bruckmann of Just Another Edmonton Mommy comes to the rescue if you’re thinking about what to do with your kids over spring break.
Schoena & Tara: The Sisters Behind Yo Mama Maternity
One of the best part of blogging has been getting to know the people behind business that serve expectant and new mothers in Edmonton. I’d like to introduce Schoena and Tara, the sisters…
The Mommy Monologues kicks off SkirtsAfire, a multidisciplinary,...
As many of you know, I was on the board of SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival, a festival providing opportunities for women to develop and showcase their work, up until this year. This year’s…
25 activities to do around Edmonton with kids on Spring Break
I can’t believe that Spring Break is in just a few short weeks. To help you keep busy and stay out of that I’m bored slump you’re going to need some ideas on what to do with the kids…
Three more for good measure: Dave Cournoyer of daveberta looks at the suddenly more interesting Liberal leadership race; Michelle Guthrie of Enthuse eulogizes the Sonic Boom music festival; and Sarah at Smile and Conquer encourages you not to give in to FOMO.
Who wants to be leader of Alberta's Liberal Party? Nolan Crouse...
St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse announced this week that he will run for the leadership of Alberta’s Liberal Party, becoming the first and so far the only candidate to announce plans to run…
Mourning the Loss of Sonic Boom
By: Michelle Guthrie It’s funny how you don’t know it’s the last time – even when you’re leaving. As I sat in the back seat of my friend’s car, I was drenched, cold, and content after…
The Fear of Missing Out
The last couple of weeks in Edmonton have been all Garth Brooks, all the time as he completed his epic 9 concerts at Roger’s Place. Am I a Garth Brooks fan, nope? Did I almost convince…
There really is so much more out there. Find it on ShareEdmonton or in previous blog roundups, and if you like Flipboard, I put these there, too.

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