Feature Voices Stories
- Published on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 18:00 17 December 2013
- Written by LISA TAYLOR LISA TAYLOR
How a detox diet helped me get back on track
This past summer, I was riding the high off of finally having my dream body. I had a regular routine of hitting the gym hard everyday, sucking back protein shakes like no tomorrow and eating enough clean food to keep my body running like a fine-tuned machine. I would look in the mirror each night and think, "Damn girl, you fine!"
Flash forward to the winter, and I find myself lying on the floor trying to wedge my jeans over my love handles while frantically sucking in only to give up and toss them aside. Okay — stretchy tights it is.
So what changed? I went from being able to use my abs as a washboard to stuffing my face full of chips and chocolate, which all escalated into a little thing I like to call my "flood belly."
After the June 2013 flood in High River, Alta., our town gym was destroyed. Dealing with eight feet of water in our basement, I didn't have much motivation to work out and stay healthy. That combined with stress turned out to be the perfect recipe to fuel my so-called "flood belly."
- Published on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:20 27 November 2013
- Written by GUILLERMO BARRAZA GUILLERMO BARRAZA
On the anniversary of his death in 2011, I visited the grave of Bruce Lee.
Bruce Lee would have turned 73 years old today, Nov. 27, 2013.
I am now 27 years old and Lee inspired me to become involved in martial arts more than 17 years ago. This story is a tribute to his genius and recounts how his teachings helped shape my life.
It's June 20, 2011. I stand in front of a grave in Seattle.
The day is overcast. I approach a red marble headstone in silence. The gold lettering pops from the modest marble, gleaming even in the stone-gray light.
- Published on Monday, 04 November 2013 11:54 04 November 2013
- Written by ANNA BROOKS ANNA BROOKS
New genre of erotic fiction uninspiring
We all have fantasies. Some are darker, fuelled by thoughts of pale, yet undeniably handsome strangers intent on pricking you with his, er, fangs. Others are hairier, and involve teeth, claws and a good old howl beneath a full moon.
But some of us are extremists and crave something more than a commonplace werewolf or vampire fantasy. For all you kinks out there, never fear because big, dirty dinosaur porn is here! According to Amazon.com, self-published eBook authors Alara Branwen and Christie Sims broke into the top 50 most popular erotica novels this October following their creation of a shocking new genre of "literature" — dinosaur erotica.
- Published on Monday, 04 November 2013 11:14 04 November 2013
- Written by ASHELY ALCANTARA ASHELY ALCANTARA
Caribbean people try to keep their culture alive in Calgary
Blue water, sand, palm trees, warm weather, music and vibrant colours.
These are just some of the things that come to mind when I think of my home, Trinidad and Tobago.
But, I'm in Calgary now and looking around there's nothing resembling any of those things.