centre of the universe: The Christmas Story

As told by Teyah T. Dog (aka “Bumblebutt”) Once there was a woman in a kitchen and the kitchen was far from the dogs’ resting place on the chesterfield. The dogs heard the sound of crinkling and knew that the King would tell them they couldn’t have treats, so they made the long journey to ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Merry Christmas!

While Ms Soapbox was trying to get the dog to sit still for his annual Ziggy under the Christmas Tree photo Mr Kenney was busy telling The Sun how he was going to prevent bozo eruptions in the UCP…and had a full-blown bozo eruption. It started slowly. Mr Kenney said he’d prevent bozo eruptions by ...

Alberta Politics: Put the Christ back in Christmas? Never mind that! Keep the marks in the market! Merry Christmas!

PHOTOS & ILLUSTRATIONS: Early opponents of the War on Shopping fight back at Christmastime (Photo: Chicago History Museum). Today consumerism is the state religion of both the United States and Canada, helping to put the marks back in the market. Below: Sol Invictus. Any resemblance to the Statue of Liberty is purely coincidental. Is it ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: THE 12 DAYS OF A CAREGIVER CHRISTMAS

My words to the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” are fun, but they reveal a truth about caregiving, too. We all begin with a task or two. “Oh, it’s not much”, we think. “That’s no trouble at all.” And it isn’t. But then two tasks becomes four and four becomes eight, and so on. ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Conservative Christmas Grinch

A loyal reader of this blog sent me a picture of this. It’s apparently an insert that was put into a well known Conservative MP’s Christmas Card that this MP sent out. If anyone else saw or got this, you’ll know who the MP is. Our Conservative colleagues were well known in government for trying ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS…PERMISSION

Recently, I came across a great quote prompting caregivers to consider taking a break: An Iphone doesn’t ask permission to be charged. This got me thinking about our personal values and how they sometimes make caring harder than it needs to be. Do we give ourselves and our loved ones permission to be imperfect? Last week, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping Your Loved One to Give During the Holidays

I posted this two years ago, but the message is still just as vital, I think. How can we help our loved ones to give during the Holidays? Giving is a powerful sign of personhood, of contribution and our loved ones want to give those they love, too! How can we help do that? Here ...

Alberta Politics: How to put Christ back in Christmas: It starts with Christians pressing ‘Reset’

ILLUSTRATIONS: Santa Claus … not Jesus. Below: Karl Marx (not mentioned in the story) … also not Santa Claus. Jesus Christ (quoted at length) … not Santa Claus either. This is an edited version of a post that first appeared in this space in 2012. With the Right in Alberta working itself into a full-blown ...

Susan on the Soapbox: A Double Dose of Christmas

This Christmas was unusual…even for the Soapbox family. Missy* our eldest daughter is a nurse working in Victoria.  She was scheduled to work over Christmas which meant that for the first time ever the Soapbox family was not going to be together on Christmas Day. No problem we said, we’ll reschedule Christmas. So, on Dec ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: O come, o come Emmanuel

Alberta Politics: Merry Christmas to all! Santa is bringing presents for everyone this holiday, regardless of political orientation

PHOTOS: Merry Christmas! Your blogger with a man who can penetrate North American air defences with ease. Russian President Vladimir Putin may not appear exactly as illustrated. (Joke.) Below: Political strategist Stephen Carter with the same blogger; Alberta pollster Janet Brown; Conservative strategist Alan Hallman, who is now associated with Jason Kenney’s Alberta Progressive Conservative ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Es ist ein ros entsprungen

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: In the bleak midwinter

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ding dong merrily on high

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Turkey lunch with the trimmings

I generally have turkey once a year: at Christmas. Which is just about the right amount for me, actually. Especially given that between different dinners and assorted leftovers, I usually have about a year’s worth of turkey over the holiday period. My first turkey of the 2016/17 holiday season came last week for lunch, when ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Turkey lunch with the trimmings

I generally have turkey once a year: at Christmas. Which is just about the right amount for me, actually. Especially given that between different dinners and assorted leftovers, I usually have about a year’s worth of turkey over the holiday period. My first turkey of the 2016/17 holiday season came last week for lunch, when ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Liberal caucus don’t call it Christmas party

Last week was the annual office Christmas party. At my last job, each of the managers would bring in dishes they had prepared for an afternoon potluck. However, while I’m sure Marc Garneau’s macaroni & cheese is amazing, the caucus leader’s office opted to have the Liberal caucus holiday party catered by the Shaw Centre. ...

A BCer in Ottawa: Eating up the Hill: Liberal caucus don’t call it Christmas party

Last week was the annual office Christmas party. At my last job, each of the managers would bring in dishes they had prepared for an afternoon potluck. However, while I’m sure Marc Garneau’s macaroni & cheese is amazing, the caucus leader’s office opted to have the Liberal caucus holiday party catered by the Shaw Centre. ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping a Loved One to Give at Christmas or Hannukhah

I first posted this in 2013, but since we made the white chocolate bark in our family a few days ago, I thought I would share again. Enjoy baking and giving with your loved one!The last few days, I have been thinking about the privilege of giving.  This is a story that came to mind:I ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping a Loved One to Give at Christmas or Hannukhah

I first posted this in 2013, but since we made the white chocolate bark in our family a few days ago, I thought I would share again. Enjoy baking and giving with your loved one!The last few days, I have been thinking about the privilege of giving.  This is a story that came to mind:I ...

centre of the universe: Cardboard cutout

I’ve heard a lot of stupid things in my time. Hell, I’ve probably said more stupid things than a really large number of people who’ve said stupid things, combined with an equally large, or possibly larger, number of people who’ve said stupid things. Don’t believe me? Okay, how’s this: Grade 10. The Long-Suffering Sarah and…

Dead Wild Roses: On Cats and Christmas.

Filed under: Cute Tagged: Cats, Christmas, Cute

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Infant Holy (low brass quintet)

Northern Reflections: Christmas 2015

                                                      http://quotesgram.com/ This is that time of year when we look back on the old year and look ahead to the new one. My sense is that, while the world is in a darker place at the end of this year, Canada’s situation has improved. We have started to return to our vital centre, after ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Santa Baby

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