5 ways Belgium changed me permanently

Hotel de Ville, Brussels Grand Place

Talking to my close girlfriends about dating I realized that I have put Edmonton men at a slight disadvantage because I lived in Belgium for over two years. Europe changed me and I’d like to think for the better, but it can make me feel like a bit of a snob. 5 ways Belgium has changed me:  1. Craft beer snob Living in Belgium, the land of brewers, I developed…

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‘Big Brother’ is online – Be aware and share

This blog post was written for the course “Communications 506 – Using/Managing Communication networks” in partial fulfillment my Master of Arts in Communications and Technology at the University of Alberta. Internet control and surveillance isn’t a topic most people talk about. Cyberbullying is one example of harassment occurring on the Internet, but parents, children and other users need to be aware of what else is happening online. Everyone agrees to the “Terms…

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Cariwest Festival 2013 – Edmonton, Alberta

The thing about using up your vacation days to take a Masters degree is that you then make the most of every day and weekend of the summer. This weekend was the Cariwest festival so technically I wan’t in Edmonton, but the Caribbean or so I like to  imagine. Cariwest is a three-day Caribbean Arts Festival that takes place annually in downtown Edmonton. It originally began in 1984 as part…

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10 Facts about Edmonton as Observed by a European

Last week I had two Irish friends come visit. They both have lived and worked in Belgium for over three years and their observations about Edmonton and it’s locals was interesting to me as a native Edmontonian and a “naturalized European” who quickly readapted to her home environment. So here are 10 things she noticed: 1. Edmonton has a lot of independent dental offices. Have a look around Edmonton core and…

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Words in 3D: A conference on writing, editing & publishing

This weekend, May 24-26 talented writers, editors and publishers all convened in Edmonton for the Words in 3D Conference and so far it is the conference to beat for me. I was impressed to say the least. Saturday’s keynote address by Rosemary Shipton, editor of trade and scholarly books, got to the heart of the three dimensions and how they all work together to create the books and e-books everyone…

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