Posts from "May, 2013"

FROM QUILTS TO THE GREY CUP

Volunteering to help with setup at the 18th annual Heritage Park Festival of Quilts in Calgary last weekend brought back a few memories — or was it a nightmare — involving quilts. I was probably 6 or 7 years old when my mother took me to a neighborhood quilting bee at Erita Gallinger’s house.  I

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“Canadian Beef Is COOL”

I know the powers that be have put in a lot of effort trying to convince the U.S. government to reverse its stand on country of origin labeling on Canadian meat products, but I think it is time to forget about the dark cloud and focus  on the silver lining. It isn’t a new concept

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IT ALL STARTED WITH THE DEATH OF A CHICKEN

A couple things to ramble on about….. First, I was shaking my head the other day over a recent event at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. In April, one of the art students thought it would be cool to kill and pluck a chicken in the school cafeteria as part of a

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Gas- and plasma-cutting equipment contest

If you use any of Victor Technologies’ gas or plasma cutting equipment, you could get your picture into their 2014 corporate calendar and win some new tools in the process. Victor Tech. has just announced two contests as part of the celebrations of it’s 100th year as a company. Take a picture of yourself using

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“One-day rancher” has completed his shift

There I was this past weekend being the “One Day a Year Rancher” at my brother-in-law’s place at Fort Steele in  southeastern B.C.  It was the annual weekend to process the cows and calves at Kootenay River Ranch before they head out to pasture, hopefully sometime in the next week or so. They had a

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Getting a boost

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000167 EndHTML:0000005195 StartFragment:0000000481 EndFragment:0000005179 Consider this: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was able to exchange tweets recently with Queen Elizabeth II from the International Space Station, but many Canadian farmers can’t make a cell phone call from their own farmyard. It doesn’t seem quite fair, does it? But according to manufacturers of cell phone signal

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