Happy Birthday Canada. Yes, it is getting to that time of year again, and with Canada celebrating 150 years, the city of Airdrie is pulling out all the stops.
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The longer days and sunshine have us making plans for backyard entertaining, relaxing and letting the cares of the week melt away. Certain wines simply lend themselves to summer sipping on the patio, and others are perfectly accompanied by great barbecue.
Dogs are amazing, aren’t they? They’re our friends, companions and a big part of our lives. As much as we help them, they help us. Dogs study us in a more advanced way than we have them. They understand us on deeper levels than we can even begin to understand them.
Summer! Finally! I hope when you are reading this it is on a patio with your favourite ice-cold beverage. We started working on this issue in -20 C weather and sent it off to the press on a bright sunny May day that was filled with promise.
It’s mine!!! Who hasn’t heard his/her child saying that at least once in a while? Sometimes we hear it more often that we would like…. Well, they are children and they are learning how to share, yes, that is right; but our job as parents is to teach them this very helpful skill as early as we can.
A wise person once said that variety is the spice of life. I could not agree more! It is one of the reasons why this past year has been extremely exciting for the wining and dining scene here in Airdrie.
I love this time of year! I buy tulips by the armload and fill my home with the promise of spring. It’s a visual reminder to remain hopeful, despite knowing there are probably a few major dumps of snow and resulting traffic snafus on the way.
Our relationship with our pets continues to evolve from being property to becoming cherished members of the family.
We all want our children to be educated, literate, have great numeracy skills and be well behaved, don’t we? That is an aspiration of all parents and caregivers, and we will do our best to make that happen.
My favourite part of working from away is that my emails back to Airdrie all come from the future. Being 16 hours ahead made for fun email conversations with this issue’s collaborators. The future of Airdrie is very much on my mind.
The holiday season can be difficult for people in our community who are socially isolated, including those in seniors’ homes, hospitals, hospice care and homeless shelters. Sharing your pet with others can be the greatest gift that you give this year. You and your furry family member can volunteer with PALS (an organized pet therapy group) or talk to your community nursing home, hospital or shelter.
I’ve always had great respect for families who choose the homeschooling path. It takes a committed parent to embrace the monumental responsibility of educating their own child. The benefits of homeschooling are many, from schedule flexibility (allowing for participation in personal interests such as travel, sports or the arts, for example), to the ability to accommodate different learning styles and needs, to the opportunity to foster closer relationships with family.
We all have everyday superheroes in our lives. People who help others just because they can. People who volunteer their time and resources to others less fortunate. The woman who holds the elevator for you when you have heavy bags in your hands. The neighbour who keeps your spare key safe and checks on your cats when you go on vacation. The man who grabs a toddler running toward a busy street. These are the people who change the world.
There are more cats than dogs in Canada, however two-thirds of cats do not receive regular vet care compared to their canine counterparts.
Be it blisters, cavities, hurt feelings, a bruised knee or a bruised ego, life happens. We can only protect our kids from so much before they have to have their own authentic experiences, take some chances and learn from their own mistakes. There is only so much lecturing and sheltering a parent can do before a child stops listening.
In today’s increasingly complex financial marketplace, knowing what pension options are available to you is an absolute must.
Yes, it’s me. I am back on this page where I began 13 years ago. It’s exciting to be back overseeing the stories you are reading in this issue.
I’ve hijacked the editor’s note for this, our 13th, spring issue because I wanted the chance to say thank you to the 37 women who graciously accepted their nominations for the sixth annual Amazing Airdrie Women Awards (AAW).
I’m a structure-inclined mom with two independent, free-spirited children who have a zest for life that I am doing my best each and every day to nurture and not squelch.
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You know what the dumbest thing is for a guy with a regular column in a magazine to get? Writer’s block.
My older brother is about to get married. This is weird territory for me. Growing up, he was the one to show me how to do basically everything.
“Travelling the back-country, rural roads around Airdrie I came across a field of plump grain just waiting for harvest under a brilliant blue afternoon sky. Getting down low I used a wide-angle lens to frame a few stocks; a narrow f-stop to starburst the radiant sun; and a hand-held flash to pop colour into the sprouting grain to stand out from the background.” – Carl Patzel, carlpatzel.com This picture was chosen by FortisAlberta to appear as part…
Raising imaginative kids doesn’t need to be as daunting as it might sound. Simple, accessible ideas can do wonders for nourishing the creative genius within.
One of the “life hacks” I love, and fail to implement in my everyday life, came from a good pal, Corey Wine. A life hack is to make life easier with a simple solution. For example, one of my favourite hacks is to lift the triangles on either side of a juice box when I hand it to my young sons. That way they have something to hold on to and aren’t squeezing the box…
As I was reading through the stories that make up this issue of airdrielife, it occurred to me yet again just how incredible is this community we call home.
Airdrie is filled with delightful people, all of whom have fascinating stories to tell. We see them in passing as we hurry through the grocery store or the bank or the recycling depot,
During the months of July and August I spend most of my free time chasing storms along the Foothills between Cochrane and Sundre, all the way east to Drumheller. This is a frame from a crazy storm we chased a few years back. Out near a high point on Lochend Road where this classic supercell was letting the low evening sun peek around from the north. The difference in colour is from the light not…