Homemade is Better—Beef Jerky

Karl recently asked if it was possible to make beef jerky at home.  I wasn’t sure it was possible without a dehydrator.  Upon some quick googling, I discovered that it was indeed possible.  A YouTube series I watch (The Bearded Butchers) has an episode where they make deer jerky with a selection of their spices,… Read more »

Editorial—The Demise of Old Stock

The idea of “Old Stock” Canadians was something put forward first by Prime Minister Harper.  Widely derided as being a call to xenophobics and anti-immigration sentiment, the recent municipal elections in Alberta are increasingly challenging the notion that this is a demographic worth courting by political parties. To be clear, what is generally considered as… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Feelings and Actions

As you read these words in this moment how do you feel real? Words can bore us or they can carry us away; words can push and pull our minds and it’s up to us to decide how we feel about them.  Our university education teaches us to think beyond the boundaries of our predilections. … Read more »

Vintage Voice

On the heels of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, we glance back at two views on conflict and terror. Back to the beginning.  Dru Oja Jay Argosy  examines the motivations behind U.S. military action in Afghanistan.  “How, exactly, does one declare war on a concept, on a tactic, and how would such a… Read more »

Homemade is Better—Fajita Salad

I was scrolling my twitter feed one day and I saw one of the local butchers in Edmonton showing off some skirt steak.  It inspired me for that night’s dinner.  But when I drove to my favorite butcher and asked them for some skirt steak, they were out.  I persevered and picked up some flank… Read more »

He Is In Danger

He is in danger when at prayer He is in danger everywhere He is in danger in his car He is in danger from the law He is in danger in the skies He is in danger when he flies He is in danger at the store He is in danger in a war He… Read more »

Editorial—Rolling Polling

There was some big news today in that the NDP party has pulled ahead of the UCP party in voting intentions, according to major pollster, Angus Reid.  This comes with the standard caveats, that the poll is a limited sample of people and, more damning, comes from their online pollster forums, meaning self-selection bias is… Read more »

Dear Barb—Dating Despite Disease

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for two years.  Our relationship was beginning to fall apart before the pandemic, and we were considering breaking up.  We are not happy and don’t get along well, but we are both reluctant to break up because of COVID-19.   How would we meet someone new?  Neither… Read more »

Dear Barb—Stubborn Problems

Dear Barb: My husband and I have been married 10 years.  We are mostly happy, but when we disagree it’s colossal!  I feel my husband is very stubborn or resistant to most things I suggest.  Even if I point out something that is totally logical and well thought out, he still disagrees.  For example, last… Read more »