Art and Entertainment

The new year offers a chance to reflect, to realign priorities and put mindful thought into the future. It’s a great time to skim read the past year, bind together its highlights and find lessons in the unplanned and unexpected. It’s a time to begin anew, fresh and ready to tackle anything. 

My extended family has always been a wordy bunch. In one memorable Scrabble game my grandfather—an editorial writer for the Calgary Herald, played ‘GRANGERS’ on a triple word score for 129 points in a single word. As the second wave of COVID constricts, our little household has been shoring up and looking for ways to pass the time together and still lounge on the couch. We’ve now entered a new phase of existence where we play games against each other online. On the couch. At the same time—the Hephers have now somewhat grudgingly stepped into the present. 

Twice in the last couple of weeks, I’ve had friends ask me about getting emails off of Google. Having everything up on Google seems pretty secure. Google’s not going down anytime soon. But there are issues with having all your email, documents, photos, etc. up there and not anywhere else.

Al Capone is a legend to the extent that his name is often the first one that comes to mind when people hear the word “gangster.” He was an American mobster and businessman who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era in Chicago. And yet his reign as a crime boss lasted only seven years and ended when he went to prison at the age of 33.

As a parent of school-aged children who attend school, I find it fun and fascinating getting to know their classmates. Among my eldest son’s classmates is Anya Harshan. Anya fascinates me. She always has something remarkable to tell me when I see her. Her stories these days revolve around her prized companion, snowflake, a kitten that has stolen her heart. Anya’s heart is bursting and although snowflake occupies most of the real estate, she has plenty of room for everyone; young and old, alive and deceased. 

This year we will celebrate the holidays as we creep up on the one-year anniversary of the first time we heard the words novel corona virus and our world still feels strange and unfamiliar. Some of 
the differences are very subtle, but most of us feel ‘off ’ in this new space. We are surviving, but not many of us are thriving. 

Communication of the higher spheres rules this month: spirituality, philosophy, culture and learning. It is a jovial, optimistic and abundant time beginning the day after a total lunar eclipse with all planets (except Uranus) direct in the sky. “The Big 3” (Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter) are still travelling in the late degrees of Capricorn.

It was hard to initially think of myself as an artist. I grew up immersing myself in so many different sports and dedicating over 10 years to becoming a teacher and qualified coach - taking 10+ different National Governing body qualifications, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sport and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Sport continues to govern so much of my life and where I find true happiness. 

Way back in 2008, I wrote a column for the Fernie Fix on finding recipes online. I wrote about Epicurious, Foodnetwork.com, and Allrecipes.com, all of which are still extremely popular. I made mention of a couple of recipe programs for your computer, but the thrust of the column was on finding recipes.