A hero’s welcome

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I’ve been working on a memoir for a family whose father was a Calgary Highlander in the Second World War. I knew a bit about the Highlanders before this project …

Reptile recall

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Did you ever go through a phase as a young teenager, then look back, and ask, “Why did I do that?” Well, my snake jewelry is a product of one …

Surfing NS

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I love surfing. It’s amazing. I am amazingly bad at it. However, that doesn’t stop me from heading out on the water. At the end of last month, my middle …

Gifts not presents

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Christmas is on the horizon and for many of us, that means lots of cookies and eggnog and family time. My immediate family (and family-in-laws) don’t live close enough to …

Fort Mac Ties

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While I have only been Fort McMurray once — passing through the airport a few years ago — I know a lot about the city. As the editor of what …

In the news

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Just like everyone can sing, I believe everyone can write. I’ve been teaching writing courses at Kerby Centre, a senior’s centre in downtown Calgary, for a few years now. This …

Media meltdown

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The newspaper industry across Canada was dealt a massive blow last week. It hit me personally as my husband was caught in the layoff tsunami. We need more trained journalists, …