Feature Voices Stories
- Published on Sunday, 24 March 2013 10:44 24 March 2013
- Written by VERONICA POCZA VERONICA POCZA
My extreme reaction to Calgary's cold temperatures stems from Raynaud's disease
Putting a new key on my keychain. Holding a cold fruit for too long. Opening a cold beer can. Digging in the freezer for the last ice pop. Shoveling the driveway. Scraping off a snowy car.
These are some of the tasks that are momentarily unpleasant for anyone, but that are now almost impossible for me – causing unbearable pain, numbness and discoloration in my fingers lasting hours upon hours.
This extreme reaction began to happen this year, around wintertime. In some of the worst moments of it, my fingers feel thick, swollen and sprained – but look dead and lifeless.
- Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:15 19 March 2013
- Written by Dayla Brown Dayla Brown
The death of a family pet as difficult as losing a family member
His body shuddered, and my mom looks at the doctor, “Is he in pain?” “No, he’s overdosing. We gave him a sedative, so he feels nothing."
My mom's brown eyes were full of pain and shock. She’s waiting for the verdict, too scared to look down at him. Finally the doctor removes the stethoscope, bows her head down and says, “It appears his heart has stopped beating. I’m sorry for your loss."
Our family dog lies on the table, motionless.
This is it, the end.
- Published on Friday, 15 March 2013 11:36 15 March 2013
- Written by Kaity Brown Kaity Brown
Free-skate day brings warmth and fun that seem only possible in the summer
The subtle but sharp notes of a piano were a beacon in a winter wasteland that was Prince's Island Park. Once people rounded the corner, they found it — a scene out of a childhood picture book: Free-Skate Day.
Children were swarming the area like busy bees. The shallow water underneath one of the bridges leading to the park had been made into a small skating area.
Parked was a van opened wide with the words, "SKATE SHACK" as two shivering women handed out shiny new skates for rent to kids. Dads' tightened skates and moms watched with heart-wrenching smiles at the bundled up versions of their children.
- Published on Monday, 11 March 2013 16:32 11 March 2013
- Written by Tom Samoil Tom Samoil
Getting beyond the snobby stigma can reveal a world of enjoyment
The audience is one of the first things you notice when you attend a classical music concert, be it the philharmonic, the opera, or the ballet.
Particularly, who's there and who's not.
The audience at classical music concerts tends to conform to a specific category: fancy.
Men tend to dress in suits and ties, and women tend to don dresses and heels. When I attend these shows, I don't follow suit.