Hello: I am professional writer, cat enthusiast, fashionista, stargazer and lover of life. My mission in life is to spread awareness about Melanoma, and ensure the next generation is rightly informed about the dangers of the sun and tanning beds. Words are my world and I believe they hold the power to change lives. My dream is for my words to truly matter to my readers; to inspire, invoke emotion and to remind them they are never alone. I love Emily the Strange, Hello Kitty and the fabulous females of Adventure Time. Fashion is one of my favourite forms of self expression. I believe everyday should be a dress-up party. I adore my cats, family & friends--they are what make life worth living. I am a believer in the goodness of human nature. Live for what makes you happy; for me, that means living for fashion, writing, reading, music & those I love. Live & be happy--that is the only advice you need to succeed and make it through the day.
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Good ‘ol H&M has ensured their customers holiday season will be merry, bright and filled with stunning clothes! Their collection of holiday sweaters are so cute, you’ll want to wear them all winter.
At an affordable $24.99 CAD stock up, before they are all gone!
Just this once, don’t listen to the wisdom of the Sloth!
Season of Wonder by Paula Guran
Wonders abound with the winter holidays. Yuletide brings marvels and miracles both fantastic and scientific. Christmas spirits can bring haunting holidays, seasonal songs might be sung by unearthly choirs, and magical celebrations are the norm during this very special time of the year. The best stories from many realms of fantasy and a multitude of future universes, gift-wrapped in one spectacular treasury of wintertime wonder.
CONTENTS (alphabetical order)
Dana Cameron, “The Night Things Changed”
Orson Scott Card, “Wise Men”
Harlan Ellison, “Go Toward the Light”
Nina Kiriki Hoffman, “Home for Christmas”
Janet Kagan, “The Nutcracker Coup”
James Patrick Kelly, “The Best Christmas Ever”
Ellen Kushner, “Dulce Domum”
Charles de Lint, “Pal o’ Mine”
Robert Reed, “A Woman’s Best Friend”
M. Rickert, “The Christmas Witch”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, “Loop”
Sarban, “A Christmas Story”
Ken Scholes, “If Dragon’s Mass Eve Be Cold and Clear”
James Stoddard, “Christmas at Hostage Canyon”
Evelyn Vaughn, “The Winter Solstice”
Connie Willis, “Newsletter”
Robert Charles Wilson, “Julian: A Christmas Story”
Gene Wolfe, “How the Bishop Sailed to Inniskeen”
This is one of my favourite collections of seasonal genre. The cover image instantly makes me feel warm and fuzzy, enchanted by the wonders of Christmas as though I reverted back to childhood, simply from gazing at a gorgeous image.
Every year when December 1st rolls around I grab this gorgeous collection from bookshelf and indulge.
The perfect way to kick off the season!
Ode to Friendship
To the friends that aren’t in my life
Thank you for the wisdom
All that you instilled in me
Life led us on roads astray
Our friendship met its end
For reasons we both know
Some things just aren’t meant to be
You may not know it.
Time to time you cross my mind.
There is no bitterness or resentment.
Only well wishes.
You were once a friend
You will always mean something to me
Some friends are forever
Some are meant to only exist in our hearts forever
Some are meant to teach us lessons.
Then drift away.
I thank you.
All of you have shaped me.
Inspired me to find my destiny.
To hold on to my dreams.
Never to let go.
Edmonton is a truly wonderful place to live. We experience all four seasons, yes–sometimes it is experiencing the wrath of four seasons, but nowhere else would feel like home. Christmas in Edmonton is truly special. The city puts on so many great events, really encouraging our inner child to get outside, embrace the cold and enjoy ourselves.
Thus far, Edmonton has already celebrated the lighting of Churchill Square and 124th street. Both fantastic events that left our community both in awe, and warmth from the great city we live in. Nowhere else can we enter temperatures much below freezing, and still feel warmth spreading through our body simply from the sights and sounds of Christmas in the city.
This past weekend marked the annual Festival of Trees. An event that is as much of a tradition in Edmonton, as Christmas is itself.
Want to show your holiday spirit and take part in some of the great events Edmonton and the surrounding area have to offer?
Here are some suggestions:
Fort Edmonton Christmas Reflections
Experience an old-fashioned Christmas with all the trimmings; decorations, games, storytelling, treats and much more. Create a new holiday tradition with family and friends this festive season.
Dates: December 16 – 23
Times: 12 pm to 4 pm or 5 pm to 9 pm
Prices: Adults $20 + GST, Seniors $18 + GST, Children/youth $15 + GST
Horse drawn wagon rides will be available throughout the event for an additional $5.00 + GST. Rides will subject to weather conditions.
What activities can I participate in during this event?
Visit families from the 1920s and 1880s and celebrate Christmas their way
Write a letter to Santa
Sing Christmas Carols
Watch the Christmas Reflections play The Gift of the Magi
Visit Father Christmas
Sort parcels and letters and deliver packages
Experience other fun Christmas traditions!
LIGHT-UP – DECEMBER 1, 2016, AT 5 P.M.
CELEBRATE THE SEASON – DECEMBER 2 TO 23, 2016
For over 30 years the Alberta Legislature has celebrated the holiday season with musical performances throughout December. Nearly 70 musical ensembles from throughout the province will grace the Legislature rotunda’s grand staircase with daily performances during Celebrate the Season.
Thousands of bright lights provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday stroll on the beautiful Legislature Grounds. The centrepiece tree is a 60-foot spruce originating from the Edson area and is lit with over 5,000 lights of its own
A Christmas Past
Sunday, December 11, 2016, noon to 4 p.m.
Join us for a traditional Rutherford House Christmas. Experience the unique sparkle of this elegant house with the halls decked for the holidays. Enjoy the sweet harmonies of seasonal music and tasty treats from the historic kitchen. Spice up this holiday season with a visit to Rutherford House!
ZOOMINESCENCE, A FESTIVAL OF LIGHT
LIGHT IS ENERGIZING. LIGHT IS REVITALIZING.
DATES: December 9 – 18, 2016 | 5 PM to 9 PM NIGHTLY
TICKETS: Adults: $7.50* | Children: $5.00*
LOCATION: The Edmonton Valley Zoo
Edmonton, the most northern city in North America with a population of over one million, is a world-renowned winter metropolis with the proud title of Festival City. People are eager to enjoy activities in their fine city year-round. Our annual Zoominescence, a Festival of Light celebration is our way of spreading that light and illuminating the spirit of Edmonton. This years theme is “Renewable Energy.”
Each December, Zoominescence, a Festival of Light, hosted by the Valley Zoo Development Society, stages a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The festival’s vision is to celebrate light, artistry, imagination and the strong spirit of our community in the winter. We would like to invite you to join us for the 4th Annual Zoominescence, a Festival of Light December 9 – 18, 2016.
This years special event evenings include: Animal Attraction, VIP Night and a special Media Night (Media Night not open to general public.)
*PLEASE NOTE: This event is a fundraiser; annual zoo passes are not valid for entry to this event.
THE ARK PROJECT PRESENTS – ANIMAL ATTRACTION!
Come down with your significant otter to explore a unique winter wonderland at the zoo! Animal Attraction is an 18 plus event that will take place after the gates of the Edmonton Valley Zoo have closed and all of the lights have come on! Be among the few that will get to take part in this one of a kind experience! Amongst the spectacular exhibitions of light installations there will be live music, entertainers, ice skating, hot chocolate & much s’more!
More great events!
The Girl That Doesn’t Love You Anymore
You haven’t been yourself.
This side of you I haven’t seen.
I look different now.
For once I see the world.
I’m a better version of myself.
Unrecognizable to you.
Because this version of me.
Isn’t in love with you.
This version of me.
Feels absolutely nothing for you.
Something you have never experienced.
The girl you had.
Wrapped around your finger.
Fought out of the tangled web.
You grieve for the girl you once had.
For the dreams you shared.
Grief for the hopeful girl you once had.
You don’t recognize me.
Because I’m not that girl.
I never will be again.
Not for you.
She grew up.
She gave up on you.
You don’t recognize me.
Because this is the first.
Glimpse you’ve seen.
The girl I have become.
The girl that doesn’t love you anymore.