The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal

Voices

Can you really ever go home?

thumb Pocza_neighbourhood_thumbI approach the community from the main route of anywhere in south Calgary — Anderson Road. I notice Bonavista peeking up from behind tiny hills that border the houses from the noisy traffic of the four-lane freeway. Even with a quick glance from my car, moving nearly 80 km/h I know that it's a safe and friendly place to be.

I no longer have an actual house to go back to in Bonavista, but being here today activates some of my most vivid memories.

Life in the Slopes, a Calgary neighbourhood

slopes thumbIn Calgary's far west, on the southern side, lies the community of the Slopes.

A barred, brown metal gate blocks the private road at the entrance to it. A simple painted wooden street sign proclaims that the lands and the road are private property, owned and managed by the Slopes Community Association Ltd.

You cannot enter...But I can.

64 seconds where time stood still

the-start thumbWhen I drove up the steep, winding road to the top of the bobsled track at Canada Olympic Park I had no idea what to expect.

Images of Georgian rider, Nodar Kumaritashvili's fatal luge crash on the opening day of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics were passing through my mind. But I quickly shut them out.

This was a bobsled — much safer and more secure than a luge, and piloted by a professional driver with experience on the national team. "It's going to be fine." I told myself, just a free rush of adrenaline on a beautiful, sunny winter's day. 

Five reasons to relax on an airplane

Logo DareUsStatistics suggest that 1 in 3 people are anxious or fearful of flying.

I am one those people.

Every time I get on an airplane I have the classic symptoms: rapid heart rate, sweaty palms, a purse full of anti-anxiety medications and those darting eyes that look toward every minor squeak outside of the plane as I find my seat.