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  • April Lee Baker Masterchef Canada Caters in Support of HomeFront Calgary 13 November 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    April Lee Baker

    I had the opportunity to bid on a silent auction item at Fashion Forward YYC this past spring. The money all went to HomeFront Calgary.

    HomeFront Calgary is a wonderful organization in Calgary that works alongside the justice system, police and community partners to help free families from domestic violence.

    The silent auction item was a private, in-home meal prepared by Masterchef Canada season 3 finalist, who place in the top 5, April Lee Baker. April Lee is also a private chef and can build your own menu for custom catering. The food for the evening was supplied by Spud Calgary.

    Bacon
    April Lee had her work cut out for her though as we asked her to work around our current diet, The Leaky Gut Diet. My husband is in remission from Lyme Disease and this diet helps him with his Lyme Arthritis to cut down on any foods that cause inflammation. Note: We did say it was okay to add bacon… that was my idea.
    © Sweet Potato Leek

    April Lee started our first course offering sweet potato with roasted leek, organic chicken bone broth, seasoned with rosemary, parsley and salt.

    Boiled Corn, Beef Brisket, Green Bean

    The second course was boiled corn with vegan pesto. The pesto base is avocado with pine nuts, fresh basil, a little bit of salt and fresh lemon juice. Included in the second course is a grass fed, local, beef brisket. The beef was braised in a bone broth strained through carrots, celery and onions. The beef and corn is served with green been bundles wrapped in carrot shreds and bacon.

    Baby Kale Salad

    Third course baby kale salad with walnuts, pomegranate, goat feta and wild rice. The salad is dressed with an avocado dressing with shallots, orange juice and salt.

    Chai Latte Chia Pudding

    The dessert is a chai latte chia pudding with honey, black tea, garam masala, cinnamon and nutmeg. The pudding is dressed with Almond Silk Hazelnut cream topped with pomegranates.

    Watch the preparation with April Lee HERE on YouTube.
    And watch Christina Rowsell in conversation with April HERE.

    Thank you April Lee for the wonderful meal and sharing your talent in our home.


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    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

  • Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign Shaping The Cultural Scene in Calgary 3 November 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    In 2012 Calgary was named as the Cultural Capital of Canada. Wanting to continue the voice of Calgary, Ania Basak and Rafal Wegiel, founders of Fashion Calgary, designed the Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign featuring Calgary’s top 25 ambassadors who are shaping the cultural scene in Calgary.

    This year Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign is celebrating Canada 150 by featuring 150 ambassadors for the last six years. The celebration will be through a gala event on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Courtyard by Marriott Calgary South. Better yet, funds raised at the gala will support Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta and their brain research division in memory of Basak’s brother who passed away at the age of 15 because of a brain tumour.

    The campaign takes about eight months every year to organize. Each ambassador is chosen for their efforts in celebrating the importance of culture in our lives. Each nominated ambassador is recognized for their cultural leadership in our community.

    Some of the ambassadors recognized this year include, but not limited to;

    Bret The Hitmen Hart – “I recognize that the one man I still long to be is the one I first thought my father was.”

    Sara Austin – “Use your power and influence to help the next generation.”

    Todd Hirsch – “Diversity is what brings beauty to ordinary things.”

    To see the complete list of ambassadors visit http://fashioncalgary.ca/portrait-campaign-2017/. Purchase tickets to the gala on EventBrite.ca here https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/fashion-calgary-portrait-campaign-2017-tickets-37584641675.

    Listen to Christina Rowsell with Ania Basak here.

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    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

  • Candy Buy Back For The Troops and Calgary Food Bank 31 October 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    Excessive Halloween candy that stays in your pantry for months on end isn’t good for anyone. Especially if you’re the one who picks at it for months. A better idea is to get the kids to pick out their favourite candy and donate the rest!

    Dr. Kowalchuck from ConfiDental wants your candy for their “Candy Buy Back” program. November 1 – November 3 you can bring in your sacks of candy at #302, 10601 Southport Road S.W. They will pay you $1 per pound of treats, up to 5 pounds PLUS your children will receive a goodie bag filled with awesome treats, and a chance to win a Kid’s Sonicare Toothbrush.

    The candy will be donated to “Home Sweet Home” to Canadian peacekeeping troops overseas and to the Calgary Food Bank.

    You can listen to Christina Rowsell interview with Dr. Kowalchuck here.

    For more information visit www.ConfiDentalCare.ca

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    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

  • Partners For Safety This Halloween 26 October 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    Come Halloween night we all want our little trick-or-treaters to stay safe and sound. Thanks to the Partners for Safety there’s a safe place for every ghost, zombie and princess…and such!

    Partners for Safety will be patrolling Calgary streets on the evening of October 31 to give every child easy access to help. More than 800 vehicles will patrol Calgary streets 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., making sure this will be a safe Halloween.

    Calgary’s Child Magazine along with all of the Partners for Safety, which includes; 911, Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department, Alberta Health Services and EMS, Calgary By Law, and Calgary Transit will see hundreds of vehicles patrolling Calgary streets to ensure that if anyone needs any help for any reason they can watch for one of those vehicles. (In an emergency however, dial 911.)

    Giving us some tips for Halloween, Doug Odney from Calgary 911 says, “For the trick-or-treaters make sure that their costumes are high visibility and don’t have any trip hazards. Reflective tape is always a good idea. Make sure there’s good vision with a mask and you can always do face make-up.”

    As for the little ones, they often like to go right in to peoples homes. Odney says, “Remember to stay away from the houses with all their lights off and gates closed. Remember to do your trick or treating from the front step and don’t enter the home, or other vehicles.”

    And some tips for grown ups? Odney says, “Make sure you hand out individually wrapped treats for the kids and be conscious of food allergies.” Often times home-made or baked treats will almost certainly be thrown out.

    There’s also lots of vehicles still on the roads during peek trick or treat times, it’s a good reminder to keep your speed down too. Odney says, “Be extra cautious watching for people crossing the streets.”

    You can listen to Christina talking to Doug Odney here
    https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell/partners-for-safety-halloween-in-calgary

    And for more information and Halloween tips visit Calgary’s Child Magazine http://www.calgaryschild.com/health-and-safety/safety/2500-calgary-halloween-partners-for-safety-2017.

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    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


  • Johnny Gaudreau Donates per Goal to KidSport Calgary 6 October 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina
    Image Credit © Gerry Thomas

    As a hockey mom, I know how expensive it is to give our children the opportunity to play hockey. Not only hockey, but any sport. Playing sports not only gives them the chance to learn the ins and outs of the game, but it’s so important in make-up of who they’ll become. From developing their physical strength to life long friends, the lessons of teamwork to improving their self-esteem.

    Through KidSport™ Calgary – a local non-profit organization – families that thought they couldn’t put their children in sports, now can.

    For Calgary Flames star Johnny Gaudreau, he knows all too well that his parents worked hard to help him and his siblings play sports. His mom, Jane Gaudreau, wrote in a post on the Calgary Flames website that Johhny’s brother Matt and him “played hockey all year round, soccer in the summer, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring.”

    I had the chance to talk to Gaudreau about his life of sports and how appreciative he was that he had that opportunity to play. Gaudreau said, “When I was growing up I just remember how expensive it was to put me and my brother, both through hockey, soccer, baseball… you name it. Growing up I had such a great childhood. I had hockey friends, soccer friends, baseball friends… all these different kinds of friends and teammates. I still have a lot of friendships from those teams I played on. Just thinking back now how expensive it is for these families to go through this… it’s difficult. I want kids to experience what I had when I was growing up to play sports, and have teammates and build some great friendships.”

    For the kids, it’s the chance to play these sports and build friendships and team work. For the parents, it’s a wonderful opportunity to shape them into the people they will become. Gaudreau explains, “I wouldn’t be where I am today without, first, my family and second my sports. It’s a big part of my life. Big part of my families life. The bonds and the friendships you build around sports is pretty special.” He went on to say that no matter who you are, every kid deserves to have that opportunity.

    You can listen to the interview with Johnny Gaudreau HERE.
    To learn more about KidSport™ visit http://www.kidsportcalgary.ca.

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    “I want kids to TO PLAY SPORTS!” @johngaudreau03 donates $1K per @NHLFlames season @KidSportCalgary. Interview here http://ow.ly/J1FQ30fHEFH

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    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


  • Tiny Footprints Gala with Katie Stajan 29 September 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    Losing a child through miscarriage, still birth or neonatal death can be tough journey. The Tiny Footprints Gala is looking to help support those families in Calgary and surrounding areas who have had to cope with pregnancy or infant loss.

    Last years event raised over $100,000 which went towards programs such as education videos for families and much needed miscarriage kits for all the emergency departments throughout Calgary. More importantly, it succeeded in creating a safe space to honour and celebrate the precious lives that have forever left footprints in our hearts.

    Katie and Matt Stajan know this story all to well, having lost their son in 2014 after childbirth. Today, 2017 the Stajan’s are working towards keeping his legacy alive by working together with The Tiny Footprints committee. After their loss they were fortunate enough to get pregnant shortly after and now have 2 1/2 year old Elliot.

    Katie will be the emcee for this year’s Tiny Footprints Gala at Telus Spark October 14, 2017. Christina Rowsell had the opportunity to talk to Katie. Listen to the interview HERE.

    You can purchase tickets from the Calgary Health Trust by visiting www.calgaryhealthtrust.ca/tinyfootprints. All proceeds will go to the pregnancy and infant loss programs of Alberta Health Services.

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    Tweet: Thank you @katiestajan for info on @FootprintsYYC event w/ @YYCHealthTrust Oct.14. Listen to interview here https://ctt.ec/1iq2n+ #YYC
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    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


  • Kids Helping Kids 100 Kids Who Care Calgary 31 August 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina
    YouTube – Christina Rowsell

    You only hope that your child grows up caring and giving. You hope they become people who make a difference in the world. One way to set them on that path is through the gift of giving. We, as parents, are responsible for teaching our children how to do that.

    One way is through 100 Kids Calgary. It’s a movement inspiring the next generation to GIVE!

    Based on the same model as 100 Women Who Care Calgary, 100 Kids Who Care Calgary donate $10 to a local charity four times a year. The process teaches kids how to nominate a charity of their choice, talk about that charity and vote on who they thing is deserving of their own, hard earned, money!

    Tristan and Zach, children of the founders Mike and Danielle Donovan had a chance to talk to Christina Rowsell on soft rock 97.7 to explain how it all works and why they want to give back.

    You can see the YouTube video here.

    To find out more visit www.100kidscalgary.com.

    Next event is September 23, 2017 at Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics. Details here www.100kidscalgary.com.

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    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


  • Ethan Gamer Thanks 28 August 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina
    YouTube – Christina Rowsell

    You know that saying, “If you don’t ask you don’t know.” Sometimes it’s fear of being rejected or the fear of asking for something that you shouldn’t have asked for.

    My son has been asking forever if he can get his own YouTube channel. I finally said yes, under one condition, he doesn’t show his face. He doesn’t need that right now. I want to see if he can first make his own videos, and if he can handle the pressure that comes with posting.

    His first video was a success. On his own he found a company that can get a teaser video done for him as he only has QuickTime on his computer, and no video producing programs on is computer. And he did a GREAT job.

    But, when it came to do his first audio video, he was terrified at the way he sounded. You know that feeling when you hear yourself for the first time and say, “Whoa… that’s not my voice…is it?” He was disappointed that he sounded so young. I explained to him that the more he does it the more he’ll get used to the sound of his voice and be able to record with confidence. (This from his mother who has 25 years experience as a radio announcer.)

    But, advice from his mother wasn’t what he wanted. He then showed me a young YouTube star called Ethan Gamer out of the UK with over a million subscribers. He wanted to know how he could be as good as him, as he’s also 10, just like him. I explained that this little boy has been doing this for 3 years and that it took time for him to build up his audience.

    So I thought, maybe a message from Ethan Gamer would help build up my sons confidence. I know that his Ethan Gamer TV twitter was monitored through his parents, so I thought it was worth a shot to send a tweet out… to see if maybe…just maybe I’d get a reply to pass onto my son! And I did!! And he replied to my son, leaving my son with a GREAT BIG SMILE on his face and the positive energy to continue! Thank you Ethan Gamer! You make my little YouTuber happy! More importantly…you inspired him to believe in himself!

    Here’s my YouTuber sons first produced video How To Install Minecraft Mods…caution to parents…you may not know what the heck he’s talking about… but all the kids today are huge into Minecraft! LOL!

    In appreciation to Ethan Gamer TV!

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    Tweet: If you don't ask you don't know. Believe in yourself! One #Gamer at a time. @EthanGamerTV via @RadioChristina https://ctt.ec/S622H+
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    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


  • YYC Xpress Yourself The Power of Validation 17 August 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    The power of validation allows us to accept our feelings, thoughts and experiences. It’s also so very powerful for others to be validated. Sometimes that validation comes through others expressing their experiences which then navigates us to a place of acknowledgment for our own emotional journey.

    Helping to move people forward, YYC Xpress Yourself is a new event in Calgary. It’s a platform that gives people an opportunity to express themselves without judgement. Focusing on mental, spiritual, physical, financial and emotional health – this an event that invites speakers that have the tools to help others to have a happier life.

    People want to feel human, accepted and loved. The events is also about giving people the support they need to grow and become who they were meant to be.

    Here’s the conversation I had with the founding members of YYC Xpress Yourself Uriel Light and Ella Clarens.

    At YYC Xpress Yourself you can tell your story, do poetry, music, dance, comedy and more. 

    At this event, the headliner is a Hay House Speaker. The next event in Calgary is Monday August 22, 2017 at the Triwood Community Association. For information click HERE.

    There will also be a panel of 6 individuals who will share their success stories. 

    Philosophy: We believe every human needs to express themselves freely without judgement.

    Mission: Our mission is to heal people through words and create a safe strong support system.

    Vision: Our vision is to raise awareness for mental, physical, spiritual, financial and emotional health by connecting individuals to the right TOOLS helping elevate their life.

    Be sure to register at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/yyc-xpress-yourself-open-seminar-tickets-36810053862.

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    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


  • New Year for New Calgary Stampede Royalty Contest 15 August 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina
    The Brighter Side YYC
    https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryStampedeQueenandPrincesses/

    Being a part of our Western Heritage is something everyone can do. However, being a part of the Calgary Stampede Royalty takes special skills that are found through the Stampede Queen and Princess Contest.

    Applications are due August 18, 2017 for the 2018 competition. In order to make it to through to the competition, you need pass the application process. You must be able to ride a horse and be able demonstrate your abilities by sending in a video or getting a riding instructor to sign and submit a letter with your application. For more questions visit their FAQ page here.

    The 2017 Stampede Royalty Trio, Stampede Queen Meagan Peters, Princess Brittany Lloyd and Princess Lizzie Ryman are ready to hand over their crowns. I spoke with Lizzie who recalls her year on duty. Besides highlighting the many trips the Trio get to take over the course of the year, Ryman shares her favourite moment as a Stampede Princess – which includes a visit to the seniors home where she met a gentleman who was a past member of the Calgary Police service for 45 years.

    https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryStampedeQueenandPrincesses/

    Ryman has aspirations to become a member of the Calgary Police force and explained that this senior was giving her tips on what to expect when she enters that field. When I spoke with Ryman she tells me more about her visit with this wonderful man, “He asked me to dance and after we sat down he told me about his wife who passed away five years ago and how they used to go out dancing all the time. He was thankful and grateful that he got to go for another dance [with me]. I was just teary eyed and I didn’t want to leave because he was one of the most special people I met throughout my entire year. It’s those little moments that really stick with you.”

    What a wonderful memory to share and cherish for the rest of her life. You just never know what the journey could look like if you have the opportunity to become Stampede Royalty.

    Ryman shares with me her tip and advice she has for anyone who’s looking to enter the competition, “Be genuine and be you! There is nothing else you can be and nothing else you can be better at. They’re [Stampede Royalty Committee] not looking for a specific type of person. They’re not looking for blond hair, brunette hair…none of that matters. Be you and let that personality shine through.”

    If you know someone who wants to experience the Calgary Stampede Royalty life, have them apply today! For more information you can visit their website at http://www.csroyalty.com/ and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    Listen to the full interview with Lizzie Ryman, Calgary Stampede Princess HERE.

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    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


  • The Phantom of The Opera 2017 | Broadway Across Canada 14 August 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina
    The Brighter Side YYC

    The first time you see a breathtaking Broadway show you walk away in awe and amazement. Back in 1992, The Phantom of The Opera was the first Broadway musical I had ever seen. It was a high school trip to Vancouver to see the production. I remember sitting in awe the whole time, on the edge of my seat mesmerized at the magical production Andrew Lloyd Webber brought to life.

    Christina Rowsell Soft Rock Host
    The Phantom of The Opera Calgary 2017

    That was 25 years ago. As soon as I heard Broadway Across Canada was bringing the phenomenal masterpiece to Calgary I knew I had to go – but I wanted to experience it again for the first time – so I decided to bring my children. Although I was 19 when I saw it the first time, my boys aged 10 and 7 were not disappointed. In fact, my youngest told me, “This is the best play I’ve ever seen in my life.” My giggle of the night came when they covered their eyes during the kissing scene asking, “Is it over yet!”

    I love that my children had the opportunity to experience this show.

    I was in awe of how much the production has grown with the stunning and spectacular scenery to the movement of each scene.

    Phantom of The Opera – Masquerade – Photo by Alastair Muir
    Photo permission via Broadway Across Canada
    The Phantom of The Opera – Hannibal – Photo by Matthew Murphy
    Photo permission via Broadway Across Canada

    The vivid consumes, through the legacy of the meticulous designer Maria Björnson, truly shone through, bringing the romantic yet dark production alive. We saw a flawless production that left us with goosebumps. The spectacular chandelier is always a highlight and did not disappoint as it descends on the audience.

    Concluding with a well deserved standing ovation as Christine and The Phantom of the Opera shared their final bow. Derrick Davis who graced the stage as The Phantom, left me with goosebumps through his powerful performance.

    The Phantom of The Opera – Derrick Davis and Eva Tavares – Photo Matthew Murphy
    Photo permission via Broadway Across Canada

    In the last 30 years, The Phantom of the Opera has broken box office records worldwide. It’s a must see show for every generation.

    Phantom of the Opera is in Calgary until August 20th. Learn more through Broadway Across Canada HERE. Tickets available through Ticketmaster HERE.

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    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


  • Puck Off Mental Illness | Kyle Patterson 11 August 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    While growing up, anxiety and depression became the normal for Kyle Patterson. Today, at 24, Patterson is doing something about it so others don’t have to suffer. His anxiety was triggered by food allergies. When he was s child he was told that eating certain foods could literally kill him. At such a young age Patterson was scared of eating anything, bringing on the anxiety – turning into depression.

    Patterson says, “Anxiety and depression took over my life at one point – and there’s no worse feeling than that. This led me to missing classes and social events for many days in a row. Depression followed soon after. I missed out on countless opportunities in my life due to this. There would be days and sometimes weeks then I didn’t have the strength to leave my own bedroom.”

    Fortunately for Patterson he has an amazing support group from his family and friends. They’re also the ones standing behind him on his walk from Vancouver to Calgary for his awareness campaign Puck Off Mental Illness.

    I had the chance to catch up with Patterson at the beginning of his journey. He explains some of the challenges he’s going through to accomplish this walk. We also find out what he thinks about while he’s walking and what gets him through day-by-day.

    You can listen and watch the interview HERE on YouTube.

    To donate to Puck Off Mental Health click HERE at GoFundMe. Plus find out more from https://puckoff.org/ and follow his journey on social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


  • Celebrate with Anne Murray Canada 150 28 June 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina
    In conversation with Anne Murray and Christina Rowsell

    Anne Murray completed her final public performance in Toronto in May 2008. She now spends most of her time with family and friends. Occasionally you’ll find her swinging a club on the golf course. (Boasting a hole in one by the way.) Murray says, “I still play, whether I play badly or not.” (I’m thinking she’s probably pretty good!) She says there’s a golf course a kilometre from her door called Northumberland Links in Nova Scotia. So…I’m thinking she polishes up now and then.

    In my 20 (plus) years in radio, never did I ever think I’d have the opportunity to interview a Canadian icon such as Anne Murray. Growing up I’d listen to Anne on the radio with my family. Especially her amazing Christmas collections. Thank you Anne for taking the time to talk to me – as she explained that she doesn’t do many interviews anymore.

    Anne Murray has had a very successful music career. Some say she paved the way for other international Canadian artists such as K.D. Lang, Céline Dion, Shania Twain, to name a few. Murray was the first Canadian solo singer to reach number one on the U.S. charts and also the first to earn a gold record for one of her signature songs, “Snowbird” from 1970. I asked her to tell me her thoughts on where she thinks Canadian music is headed. She explains, “I think it’s great! I’ve heard some very talented people in the last couple of years.” Murray continues to say, “I’m very impressed!”

    For her Canada 150 celebration she’s thrilled to be joined by her family and friends, but also a get together with her band. Although she doesn’t perform in public anymore she still loves to reminisce about the music that makes her heart sing.

    One song that really makes her smile is one of her own, “Song For the Mira” – first recorded on her album The Hottest Night of The Year 1982. Murray explains, “It’s about a very special place in Nova Scotia, the Mira River. It’s a place I’ve seen, and it’s beautiful. It’s a song everyone can relate to because everybody has a place he or she feels is very special to them.” It’s a place that’s home. For Murray she says, “Nova Scotia will always be home. So when I hear that song it transports me back there.”

    Murray recalls performing that song during her last Canadian tour in the Maritimes and explains the euphoric feeling she had when the crowd sang along, “It’s pretty amazing to hear 10,000 people singing the chorus. It’s almost an anthem for them in the Maritimes and in Newfoundland. I would sing that song all over the world and people reacted the same way.”

    Besides her song “Song For The Mira” I asked her if there’s any other song, from any other artist that touches her heart. Murray fondly remembers other Canadian artists that she loved to perform with, including Gordon Lightfoot, “I’m partial to Gordon Lightfoot songs. If You Could Read My Mind, Song for a Winter Night, Sundown – he’s just a great writer.”

    Murray is also excited to share that she has a Greatest Hits package coming out this summer. It’ll be released on Universal Records. Keep an eye on her website for the release date here http://www.annemurray.com.

    Anne Murray, in gratitude for you taking the time to talk to me. Happy Canada 150 Anne Murray. Thank you for generations of music. To listen to the full interview click here.

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    Christina Rowsell – Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


  • Feeding The 5000 YYC Leftovers Calgary 16 June 2017

    We all know there’s a guilt when we throw out our leftovers. Close to half of the food produced worldwide is wasted. Something needs to be done! Something is being done!

    Leftovers Calgary is an organization that rescues food from being thrown in the garbage and ensures it gets to service agencies in need. Lourdes Juan from Leftovers Calgary says, “The food is surplus, or excess food from local suppliers like grocery stores, restaurants and vendors.”

    In Calgary, 23,165 households live in poverty with income less than $20,000. Having a meal is comforting. Having a meal that didn’t need to thrown out is peace of mind.

    In an attempt to show that it can be done and you can feed plenty of people leftovers they had a successful event in downtown Calgary that offered a free lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m and fed over 6700 people.  Listen to the interview with Lordes Juan here.


    Christina Rowsell – Radio Announcer, Blogger, Photographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina, @BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyyc. www.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


  • HomeFront Calgary | Fashion Forward YYC 2017 6 June 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    HomeFront Is The Next Step After A Call to Police 

    for Domestic Violence


    Last year, the Calgary Police Service received over 25,000 domestic conflict related calls. According to Stats Canada, Alberta has the third-highest rate of police-reported intimate partner violence in the country. Not only is this disturbing, but it’s costly too. A Justice Canada study suggests that spousal violence costs Canadians $7.4 billion per year (2012).

    Most women enter into relationships with the idea of having a loving connection. An abusive relationship that leads to domestic conflict is never expected. Knowing when to say something is next. But, getting the courage up for someone to say something is never easy.


    After someone makes the call to police for domestic violence, there’s the “what’s next?” phase. This is where HomeFront steps in. HomeFront is a non-profit organization in Calgary that takes women onto the “next” step. After someone makes the call to police for domestic violence they are referred to HomeFront – who ensures they have the support, information and resources they need to break the cycle of abuse and move their life into a positive and healthy direction. Here’s The Brighter Side – over the last 15 years, HomeFront has helped more than 30,000 victims and their families, giving them the resources and support they need to break the cycle of abuse.


    HomeFront works alongside a host of community services to ensure the proper assistance and treatment for those who need it most. You can have peace of mind knowing that together with justice, legal aid, Calgary Police Service, counselling centres and shelters, 24-hour support is available in Calgary and surrounding area.


    Funding certainly plays an integral part in what HomeFront can do for women. Fashion Forward YYC believes in using fashion as a tool to inspire families to build awareness. The fourth annual Fashion Forward YYC  event will take place June 15, 2017 at McArthur Fine Furniture, featuring a runway fashion show along with culinary treats and a silent auction. 


    Last year more than $80,000 was raised. Maggie MacKillop, Executive Director with HomeFront says, “This amazing donation has allowed HomeFront to continue to meet the needs of families in our community. Sadly, domestic violence continues to raise in Calgary and has increased 30 per cent over the average. The funds raised by Fashion Forward YYC last year’s event allowed us to provide direct services to over 160 families throughout Calgary.” 

    To get your tickets for this remarkable and unforgettable evening you can visit Eventbrite HERE https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fashion-forward-yyc-2017-tickets-31934000455

    For more information on HomeFront visit www.homefrontcalgary.com

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    Christina Rowsell – Radio Announcer, Blogger, Photographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… part time cook (only when she has time – in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering…)

    The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina, @BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyyc. www.christinarowsell.com

    Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


  • Discover The Power of Story with Christina Rowsell 10 April 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    Deep down inside we all have a story to tell. Sometimes it takes some digging and soul searching to peel back the layers to find out what that story really is. I’ve been on a quest to share some powerful stories from people who have shared their stories and to prove that the Power Of Story can move forward in business and in life.

    Lisa Longball Vlooswyk – https://youtu.be/uPBLDAy8KoA

    Besides having a ridiculous drive in her golf game, Lisa Longball Vlooyswk has an amazing drive to motivate people. She has an infectious personality that leaves you wanting more – which is why she’s so good at her talk Drive Determines Distance. I connected with Lisa at Golf Canada Centre to talk about her DRIVE to motivate and The Power of Story.

    Tammy Johnston – The Financial Guides – https://youtu.be/Pg2m8W9f93M

    Tammy Johnston is so much more than just a financial advisor. She is literally a cheerleader in my back pocket. Tammy has been encouraging me FOREVER to share my story and here I am sharing hers. (It’s what I do!) Tammy is the author of The Financial Foundation set of books for kids. It’s a series of books to teach kids about money, goal setting and living a balanced life! YES finally. I met up with Tammy to talk about The Power of Story.

    It’s true, people want the real, true, authentic you! And here’s an amazing woman who also tells a GREAT story! Tina Varughese​ from TWorks​ (and President CAPS Calgary) talks to me about finding that story and coming together as a community to motivate each other. 

    Join Gair Maxwell for “The Branding Highway” by visiting Eventbrite link here – http://bit.ly/2oBHKi8
    This high voltage presentation follows the route of a metaphorical road trip – complete with a killer playlist! THE BRANDING HIGHWAY inspires businesses of any size, in any category, to create a strategy based on clear, unparalleled Differentiation, inspire Customer Advocation and establish a Brand Legacy that rivals some of the best in the world.

    Christina Rowsell










    Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.

  • Calgary’s Drop In Centre Shares Virtual Reality of 1200 Roommates 25 March 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    If you take a moment to silence yourself and just listen to your surroundings, within your own walls, what do you hear?

    Tickering of a laptop computer. Tapping of the dogs toes as he crosses the hardwood floor. The bells and dings of a cell phone alert and the silence of my home. That’s what I hear mid afternoon.

    1200 Roommates is a virtual reality (VR) experience that wants you to value each room. Value your space. Value your own noise. Because… you don’t have that option with 1200 Roommates.

    Christina Rowsell VR Experience

    I had the privilege to attend an evening at the National Music Centre, downtown Calgary, to take in a VR experience that reminded me of what we take for granted each and every day. The goal of 1200 Roommates is to take you though the world of homelessness evoking empathy.

    The Calgary Drop In Centre exists to alleviate poverty. They care for chronically homeless people through community support, resources and housing.

    Listening to the spoken word of Talia Hume, through the artistic expression of Mandy Stobo in the Mammoth VR video, I felt her desperation for solace and silence. Something that you can’t have when you’re in a room with 1200 other people. Your own space and your own emotions. There’s a quote that I took away from this, “Find yourself within your walls and then tomorrow go out and love someone.”

    Matt Wright, Founder Mammoth VR

    Matt Wright, Founder Mammoth VR expressed his deep emotion for this piece, “My perspective of homelessness has changed while working on 1200 Roommates.” He too says he now has more empathy when he looks at someone who is homeless.

    While you can I can find some time to enjoy The Brighter Side, other’s are still search for their little bit of sunshine. There are nearly 4,000 Calgarians experiencing homelessness and The Drop In Centre is there for those who need a safe place to stay.

    You can watch the video here https://youtu.be/hvRV_eNfFfY.

    However to experience it in 3D download the App here https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/1200-roommates/id1211878030?mt=8.

    Mandy Stobo in Mammoth VR

    Christina Rowsell and Talia Hume
    Talia Hume and Mandy Stobo



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    Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.

  • International Women’s Day – Women Who Inspire 8 March 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    This is for the women who are…
    Our cheerleaders when we’re down and need to be picked up…
    Our friends who know just what to say…
    Our sisters who cry when we share our deepest thoughts…

    This is for the women who…
    Breathe each breath for their children…
    Sacrifice their being to help others…
    Love unconditionally…

    For every woman who finds a way to make it work. For every woman who challenges herself to give more. For every woman who is the best she knows how.

    Thank you!

    A dedication to all the women who inspire us. #BeBoldForChange. Yes there IS such a day. As stated on the United Nation’s website – “It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. The history dates us back to the early 1900’s.”

    International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations.

    This is the day we celebrate women. The women we are and women we love. The strength we have together.

    Today, March 8, 2017 listen to www.softrock977.com to hear ALL WOMEN ARTISTS ALL DAY LONG!




    Christina Rowsell










    Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.

  • Good News, Great Ideas and Amazing People for 2017 8 February 2017 by Christina Rowsell
    @RadioChristina

    Good news isn’t always easy to find in the world today. I believe it’s how you look at each and every situation. There’s a saying that goes, “Life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how you react to it.”

    You’ve come to the right place to find good news. Here’s some good news stories I found that you might like and…may just lift your spirit.

    Good News Story –  i.am.heart 

    Photo ©ChristinaRowsell – www.christinarowsell.com

    As a mother of two boys, I know that there is a sensitive side to them. There is hope for boys. There’s a secret “boy code” that suggests that boys need to keep their emotions in-check. What does that mean? Every human being has feelings, vulnerable feels and feelings that need to be validated. 

    i.am.heart is an organization that looking to break that code. They offer programs for teen and pre-teen boys that are focused on empathy, compassion and emotional awareness that promotes individual confidence, self-esteem and self-acceptance based on emotional empowerment.

    Lance Drozda is the founder of i.am.heart. Since 2011, Drozda has been working with various non-profit organizations aligned to support the emotional growth and safety of children and adults. Along with Drozda is Rebecca Stares, a clinical social worker. Stares focuses on clinical interventions with children and families. Her goal is to help people increase their feelings of self-efficacy and self-esteem as they overcome their challenges and achieve their true potential. Stares currently has six therapy horses through Spirited Connections.

    “The three most destructive words that every man receives when he’s a boy is when he’s told to ‘be a man,’” —Joe Ehrmann

    Learn more about i.am.heart at http://www.iamheart.ca/.

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    Emotional Empowerment Workshop For Boys

    Great Idea – Feng Shui

    Myrna Brown is a Feng Shui consultant. I met up with Brown for a coffee and I walked away feeling that I needed to improve the flow of my home. Brown says, “I want to inspire people to live the life they were meant to live.”
    Feng Shui isn’t new. Dating back some 3000 years ago, Feng Shui is a science that reads the energy of a space, incorporating the art of creating balance and harmony. This artistry was created to make it easier for us to succeed in life. 
    Have you ever noticed how your are affected and influenced by the energy of our environment? We spend so much time in our homes and offices. These spaces deserve to be harmonious, and in turn gives us support in love, family, prosperity, travel, career and health.

    Myrna Brown explains more in her blog. She also explains how Feng Shui can help in your love life!
    Learn more about Feng Shui at http://www.myrnabrown.com/
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    Amazing People – Bonnie Earl

    Another coffee get together found me sitting with the lovely Bonnie Earl. I first met her at an EWomen Network Event where I was the guest speaker. She was soft spoken, but with a powerful message. 
    Bonnie Earl is a women’s empowerment coach, certified Art of Feminine Presence Teacher and an inspirational speaker. Earl empowers women to stand up, be seen and heard, and inspires change. 
    But, where did her courage to speak up come from? Earl spent 35 years working as a teacher, counsellor and school principal. After the passing of her husband to ALS, Earl felt that she needed to have a life outside of work. Now, as a school principal, as well as a single mother and caring for her husband’s elderly mom, plus doing her masters and building a women’s wellness centre she was past the point of exhaustion. 
    She took the courageous leap of faith to take early retirement. She knew she needed to follow her passion of empowering women to thrive. 
    I felt an instant connection to Earl. She understands the pains women have trying to keep it ALL together in this ever-changing and challenging. I understand the pains and the pressure we face. It’s real and we can’t always do it all! 
    Earl invites you to connect with your feminine power. Ask yourself this, “Are ready to move from a stressful, pressure-filled life to peace, ease and quality time?” Bonnie Earl teaches women how to develop their personal presence and increase their feminine energy so that they can walk into any room and be seen and heard in the way they want to be seen and heard. 
    For more information visit http://bonnie-earl.com/. 
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    For more good news, this is a GREAT source https://twitter.com/goodnews.



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    Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.

  • Eagle in the Owl’s Nest by Marlana Williams 1 December 2016
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    If you’re looking for a book over the holidays, I recommend Eagle in the Owl’s Nest by Marlana Williams. The emotional opening took my breath away. The opening features a biography for Sanford Williams (Master Carver) that takes us through some of his powerful experiences that made him the remarkable artist he is today. Eagle in the Owl’s Nest is based on Sanford’s most popular pieces that are given characters and adventures. 
    It’s a hard book to put down because I’m anxious to find out what happens when a team of contrasting Mowachaht characters play a riveting final game of hide-the-bones – an ancient westcoast pastime called Lahal – against their bullying adversaries from tribe nearby.

    That’s just one of the several, centuries-old stories that are joined together as a work of fiction when Marlana Williams introduces an eagle and owl as the primary characters, who become friends after the owl’s migration path sends her reeling to Nootka Island.

    This book is so different from Marlana’s first novel, Doll of Dawson which was set in the gold rush era of the Klondike.  But I wasn’t disappointed.  Eagle in the Owl’s Nest has all of the elements of her familiar storytelling voice that I find charming. 

    Photo © Marlana Williams

    Each chapter (or short-story, depending on how you approach the book) is based on her husband’s work as a master carver.  Sanford Williams has spent decades creating traditional west coast art, and all of the pieces tell a tale.  Whether the carvings are about his own personal experiences or stories passed down from his family, each work of art is represented at the forefront of each chapter.

    I’ll confess, a few of the stories made me emotional, but for the most part this is a joyful read.  I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Marlana Williams’ writing, and for those who have interests in Western Canadian indigenous art.

    You can download or purchase Eagle in the Owl’s Nest HERE.
    You can download or purchase Doll of Dawson HERE.
    For more information on Marlana Williams visit http://www.marlanawilliams.com/
    Christina Rowsell
    Radio AnnouncerMedia Relations DirectorBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and… Part Time Cook (only when she has time). Looking for The Brighter Side of life sharing Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People.  Sitting still is something Christina knows nothing about.  If you have a story to share feel free to contact Christina.  Follow on Twitter, @BrighterSideyyc @RadioChristina and LIKE on Facebook The Brighter Side and Christina Rowsell Media.


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