Real country folk a welcome change from the urban posers

Teaching Country Dance for Beginners to actual rural folk proved to be an eye-opener

Real country folk a welcome change from the urban posersBack in my not-so-halcyon days of youth and yore, when I practised the challenging social craft of ballroom dance instruction, I accepted a contract to teach 'Country Dance for Beginners' at a community centre in the small hamlet of Thorhild, Alberta. I had taught at various community centres in and around Edmonton to urban posers,…

Is it time to trade in your bratty kid?

Trade, trade, trade your way to the perfect family

Is it time to trade in your bratty kid?A few years back my dog suffered from GDV, gastric dilatation volvulus, a sudden killer that can affect the healthiest dog. GDV is more commonly known as gastric torsion, where that cute, furry little quadruped stomach flips like a young Eastern bloc gymnast and is quite often fatal if not caught in time. Even if…

Be sk(c)eptical about Canadian spelling

Canadians never really know which way to go when practising that murky art of American or British usage

Be sk(c)eptical about Canadian spellingIt is hard not to be skeptical when spelling in Canada. Our spellings are coloured by our Commonwealth heritage and Canadians are in the unenviable position of never really knowing which way to go when practising that murky art: American or British usage? One has to admire the sheer efficiency of American spelling; they do…

There’s no taboo to social lying

Too often, the truth can set you free – from jobs, relationships, money and social opportunities

There’s no taboo to social lyingThe first thing to remember in this day of mass media saturation is that there are no great lies – if something is repeated often enough it becomes the truth. That being said, the ultimate great lie is that it is always better to tell the truth. There are needful lies; lies of omission, white…

The towns along Germany’s Romantic Road

The Romantic Road is a 400-kilometre prescription to treat stress and anxiety

The towns along Germany’s Romantic RoadGermany’s ‘Die Romantische Strasse’, the Romantic Road, will not only rise up to meet you, it will seduce you, charm you, and make you fall in love – with fairy tale visions, historic architecture and pastoral beauty – not just a physical journey through nearly 400 kilometres of sublime German countryside, but a magical passage…

Reflections on reaching middle age

Is this what life is all about?

Reflections on reaching middle ageDownload this column on middle age for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use EDMONTON, AB Jul 11, 2015/ Troy Media/ - I am a middle-aged man. There, I have said it. I have alluded to the not-so-stealthy approach of decrepitude, laughed (ha!) about my declining years, but never actually admitted the…

Domestic violence perpetrators know no gender

Domestic violence, no matter the gender of the victim, is wrong

Domestic violence perpetrators know no genderDownload this column on domestic violence for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use EDMONTON, AB Jul 12, 2010/ Troy Media/ - I remember being 12 years old when my stepfather scarred my face for the first time. He had graduated to his fists from his belt some time before, and while…

By hook, crook and colon-scopy

How to use the colon and semi-colon

By hook, crook and colon-scopyJanuary 21, 2013 REGINA, SK, Jan. 21, 2013/ Troy Media/ - The semicolon with its dot and crook and looking alarmingly like a horror movie prop is a wondrous tool upon which to hang the meatiest of phrases; it is a delightful piece of punctuation. Thank you, Aldus Manutius the Elder, for gifting us with…