The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal

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Understanding the gentle giant

Angel3withme thumb copyAngel's silver collar jingles against her pink dog tag as she kicks up snow. She runs toward the two white and brown shih tzus who have just entered with their owner into the off-leash area down the street from our Beddington house in N.W. Calgary.

Angel approaches the dogs less than half her size excitedly, wagging her tail back and forth and panting with excitement at the middle-aged woman's feet. She desperately wants to be pet by this new person.

There's a lot more to buying a guitar than just slapping down cash

AO1onlineSQUAREI walk through the doors and my senses are instantly bombarded. I see a wall of strings, frets, pickups, and every shape and color of wood imaginable. The aroma of wood-varnish and leather straps fills my nostrils, and then I see it.

There is noise and people all around me, but my vision narrows like a horse with blinders. My feet start to guide me through the crowd towards my one and only objective, and then I am standing right in front of it.

In defence of sport against illegal doping

steroids2What you are about to read is a conversation that will take place in about 12 years between my eldest son and I as he appraches his 16th birthday.

"Son, I think it's time now that we ... uh... well, we need to talk."

"About what Dad?"

At this point my heart is racing.

Mom blogs about elite Calgary football team's U.S. tourney

footballpic2Making the cut

It was another great football season for the Calgary Bantam Football Association. This is a full contact football league for youths aged 13-15 years old and runs throughout the fall. In 2012 there were 14 teams participating, 11 Calgary based and 3 from the surrounding areas, about 620 players.