In Print: A Christmas in Calgary

One of the greatest joys of being an adult is cherry-picking the traditions of your childhood to suit your current tastes. Right? My husband and I have carried forward some of our favourite family Christmas traditions, including choosing the perfect real tree together and re-creating each delicious holiday recipe from our mothers and grandmothers. (Overeating can be a tradition, no?)

Other traditions, we’ve adjusted. My family opened all our gifts on Christmas Eve, while my husband’s family joyfully tore them open on Christmas morning. Now, we do one gift each on Christmas Eve and the rest in the morning (in orderly fashion—change is hard).

We’ve also added some new traditions. The Nutcracker Ballet on December 23, outdoor skating on Christmas Eve, stomach flu some time around Boxing Day. (Please, let this be the year that we break that tradition.)

For Vern. Magazine, I was able to write about finding the perfect real tree in Calgary (and yes, we’ve already picked ours out together, a lovely 8-footer from Eastern Nova Scotia) and some of Calgary’s best holiday traditions to enjoy as a family. I hope they bring you joy!

7 Holiday Traditions Your Family Will Love To Keep, Vern Magazine, November 2017

3 Ways to Find a Real Christmas Tree in Calgary, Vern Magazine, November 2017

 

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In Print: Eat, Drink and be Maritime

When my husband and I moved to Calgary almost a decade ago, one of the first things we (he) did was begin the search for the beloved food of our homeland: donairs. If I’m being truthful, the donair is not really one of my staple cravings (gasp!) but it’s definitely an emblem of home. And I crave all things Nova Scotia, all the time. So, I wrote this story for Vern. Magazine about finding East Coast comfort in cow town. Cheers!

Eat, Drink and be Maritime, Vern Magazine, October 2017

In Print: Empty Net

Writing this story for Calgary Hockey Magazine on Calgary’s female goalie shortage had some net benefits (sorry). First, I love writing for this publication. It’s full of great stories, great writing and is available for free at every rink in the city. Second, I love writing about Calgary’s amazing female minor hockey community. Our family fell into the hockey world, somewhat reluctantly, a few years ago and have happily adopted it as our own ever since. (There are literally matching jackets). And third, I love interviewing kids. I’ve been lucky enough to interview some amazing kids for this publication and for LEAP Magazine, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favourite things to do. I hope you enjoy!

Empty Net, Calgary Hockey Magazine, Fall 2017

In Print: September Edition

Since having kids, September has always brought with it a lot of issues. Back to school issues, back to sports issues, back to sniffles issues. Luckily, this year, I’ve had a different set of September Issues to look forward to. Here are a few recent articles that appeared in some local publications on a variety of topics — from examining post-secondary education in the city, designing better dementia communities, to reducing the risk of preventable cancers in the province — all of which I enjoyed researching and writing much more than wiping noses. (It’s too early for flu season!)

Designing for Dementia, Dementia Connections Magazine, September 2017

Examining Calgary’s Post-Secondary Schools, Avenue Calgary Magazine, September 2017

Innovation in Prevention, Leap Magazine, September 2017

Scoring on Cancer, Leap Magazine, September 2017

Screen time: Discussing Online Safety with your Babysitter

What is happening.

A few posts ago, I mentioned an exciting follow-up opportunity for one of my articles with Calgary’s Child. The magazine asked if I would be interested in discussing my piece, Five Issues of Online Safety To Discuss With Your Babysitter, on their Global Calgary segment this month. Live. On TV.

Interested? Yes. Crippled with debilitating fear? YES! Well, today was the big day and I’ve survived to tell the tale. The hosts were lovely, the segment went smoothly, and I don’t even mind that my name was mistaken as “Sherry Clearly” on Twitter. (If the segment had gone horribly wrong, I was planning to change my identity anyway.)

Here’s a link to the video. Enjoy!

In Print: Someone You Should Know – Brodie Sun Walk

When I was 19, I had no talent and no chill. Brodie Sun Walk has both. In another piece for Vern Magazine, I interviewed hand-lettering and calligraphy artist Brodie Sun Walk as someone Calgarians should know. Despite his rising-star status, Brodie is pretty down to earth. It was a pleasure to meet him and I hope his star continues to climb!

Someone You Should Know: Brodie Sun Walk, Vern Magazine, June 2017