The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) is celebrating significant progress in the transition to low carbon transportation.
There are three new pieces of grooming equipment plowing around Fernie’s non-motorized trails this winter thanks to a federal grant secured by Tourism Fernie.
March is the last month of the astrological year, as the Sun is reborn into Aries on March 21 welcoming spring. This is a time of year that energetically wraps itself up, and also marks an important transfer of knowledge. The Sun sits in Pisces, and Mercury and Saturn are conjunct in the late degrees of Aquarius - communication is strong. Venus travels with Jupiter and Chiron, meaning an expansion of love and the wound. Valentine, the asteroid of true love and Nessus, the asteroid of abuse, are also together – it might be a confusing time for love and what your heart is saying. Mars is also in Gemini, which changes its direction consistently and might add to this confusion.
Equality has always been extremely important to me, but never as much as now, raising two young girls in an ever-changing world means I am quite literally faced with the challenges constantly. And just when we think we have taken many steps forward, extreme events happen, like a global pandemic, that take us many steps back.
Travel can be a powerful tool. It can expand the mind, satisfies the need for wonderlust and be an empowering experience for anyone, including women. My mother travelled by herself to Europe aboard the Queen Mary back in 1952 and again in 1955 with me at six months old. That was not the norm of the time.
Fernie is a community that is full of strong, fierce, and dynamic women and girls—and that’s something to celebrate!
I have a pair of shoes with “love is all you need” written on the soles. I used to wholeheartedly subscribe to this idea. I thought love would conquer all and get me through anything no matter what. While I still fully believe in the benefits of love, I have reframed the concept of “all you need” to include a few other important key ingredients because love is not enough.
February is a special month with two days dedicated to love. The Western version of Valentine’s Day resulted from Chaucer in the Middle Ages. The Western version of Family Day resulted from the provincial governments of Alberta and BC giving a day off to all the workers and students in their respective provinces.
Becoming a family caregiver was never on my bucket list. I didn’t know it was a job description, and I had much grander ideas of how I was going to save the world. Apparently, life had different plans for me and, as the oldest daughter, I fell into caregiving for my mother as dementia required her to have more care.
In 1939 Lucille Ball was hired by RKO Pictures to play small parts in a number of low budget films. Her career had little success until she was cast in the 1948 radio show My Favorite Husband which was very successful and attracted the attention of CBS and the cigarette company Philip Morris who suggested the show be adapted to television.
Recently I was listening to a podcast featuring Esther Perel, a Psychotherapist known for her work on human relationships. During the podcast, the discussion shifted to sex education and how we are failing our youth, and it really made me think. I have a seven and nine-year old, and the curiosity specifically when it comes to body parts and sex is ramping up. But also, the challenges they are facing with relationships is, too.
I’m not sure why anyone would do this job if not for love. Love for one’s community, wanting the best for all its citizens, and a general love of people in all their varied crankiness, kindness, and complexity. This month, February, I have been in the job for just over three months.
One time my cousin ran into Owen Wilson at a taco place in Maui. She bumped into him at the condiment bar. She struggled to speak, but when she did, she came up with a great word: “condimentation.”