OC editor Gary shares his favourite Our Canada story from 2014.
With the Christmas holidays fast approaching -- excuse me for a second while I do my happy dance -- and the new year just around the corner, I thought I'd take a moment to share the most inspiring story that came across my desk at Our Canada magazine in 2014.
Time to take advantage of the holidays and a fesh start for the new year!
This week I went to the gym, for the first time in many many months to try a boot camp class. I’ve had a free membership to the gym for the year because of my volunteering there and I’ve barely used it. Since it’s about to expire, I thought I should finally take advantage of it…
Now that I can walk again without too much pain, I’m able to recall the fun I had in the class and regret not taking advantage of the membership.
If there’s one thing the Our Canada community knows how to do, it’s to spin a good yarn.
Today I watched this Ted Talk called “The clues to a great story” from Pixar’s Andrew Stanton. I love great stories, well, everyone loves a well told tale, and that’s what’s so great about working at Our Canada. I get to dabble in wonderful stories and storytelling all day.
As another year winds down, I decided to look back and take stock of the year that was. While every year has its share of highs and lows, I want to file away the best moments, the times that made me smile. Most—but not all—of them involved spending time with my family.
OC editor Gary shares a bit of wacky winter fun captured on video.
As my fellow Montrealers can attest to, we just received our first major deposit of snow this week, which is now in the process of turning to slush, making the navigation of city streets and sidewalks a slippery-sloppy adventure. But reports have it that the snow is sticking to the ground up north, so it looks like we might be in for a white Christmas up there this year. I certainly hope so, because when the white stuff is piled high, our circle of family and friends and dogs always has a great time up there over the Christmas holidays.
Every time it gets cold and the first snow falls and sticks so that my boots crunch away while I walk the dog, I think of Christmas at Grandma’s. I also think snowboarding season, although with slightly less pleasure.
Admittedly, I’m not as big of a fan of hitting the slopes as my husband, but it is a winter activity we can do together when we’re both awake at the same time on the same day (thank you opposite schedules).
I miss having a real tree at Christmas. Sure, the artificial ones can be beautiful and you can leave them up longer and there are no messy needles to clean up—but oh I miss that heavenly scent of pine permeating the room.
OC editor Gary believes a good chuckle goes a long way in relieving stress.
Okay, so it's been quite the week – we're in the midst of our busiest period at work, having to produce three issues of the magazine prior to the Christmas break to meet our printing deadlines; a scary number of shingles blew off our roof at home in Laval during a wind storm earlier this week, exposing the plywood beneath to the elements and necessitating the search for a roofer willing and able to do a major patch job at this time of year; and, last night, I got a phone call (thanks Gail and Kelly) informing me that a severe windstorm at our place up north had left one of our trees hanging
A meandering blog post, but hopefully there's something in there for everyone.
The other day I was heading home from work and went down to the metro. I guess I was thinking about something rather intensely because I tried to walk right through the turnstiles without using my pass and was stopped in my tracks rather abruptly.