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A home on 10th Street just off Broadway Avenue is all decked out for Halloween (Photo by Steve Gibb/GibbArt.com)

My morning ride on Route 14

I rode a bus to work last week on the day the transit service was restored in Saskatoon.
I am really not sure when I last rode one. I remember being in elementary school taking the bus home from the YMCA, then on 20th Street and Spadina Crescent. It was darn cold going home with swim trunks under my clothing. I have never looked good in locker rooms.
I remember the transfer on 23rd Street to get home from the Hub City Curling Club every Friday when I was in Grades 7 and 8.


Catriona Le May Doan shares stories from dream-come-true career

Catriona Le May Doan recalls the frustration of a fall that probably cost her a speedskating medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Norway in 1994.
But what was a short-lived frustration became the inspiration for the continuing pursuit of Olympic dreams. She won gold in the 500 metres at Nagano, Japan, in 1998, and added gold again at Salt Lake City in 2002. The only woman ever to successfully defend an Olympic title in the sprints, the Saskatoon-born Le May Doan was acclaimed as the world’s fastest woman on ice.

Lisa Moen
Music is in her genes

Lisa Moen was driving her truck down a country road when bits and pieces of a song popped into her head.
The song would be become Silly Boys Trucks Are For Girls, Moen’s first single as a solo artist/songwriter. Released in August, she said it still gives her goose bumps when she hears it on the radio. She cranks it up every time.
“I wrote the song because I wanted to do a spinoff on all the other country songs on the radio right now. You know, these guys in their pickup trucks with the hot girl and going through the mud.


Thanks to people like Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, I feel safe in Canada

It’s tough columnizing for a weekly paper sometimes, because what you’re reading today I wrote last week.
In fact, I’m writing these words on Oct. 23 — the day after the Ottawa shootings, as they’ve come to be known. I’m guessing our days will be measured according to that date for a while now: we’ll acknowledge one week after the Ottawa shootings, one month, six months and one year. That’s what we do, as part of the process we go through as we digest difficult historical events.


We repaired 188,000 potholes this summer

Question: Much of the City’s roadwork is finished for the season. Did we get good value for the $50 million?
Mayor Atchison: This road construction season was overwhelmingly successful. We paved enough lane roadways in the City of Saskatoon this year to get us all the way to Kindersley. And next year I’m hoping we get all the way to Hannah, Alberta. We paved approximately 200-lane kilometres of roadways this past year. We fixed – and this number blows me away; I had to look at it three or four times – 188,000 potholes.

I’m becoming a sucker for reality TV shows

It’s great to see the new television season get “real” again. I got tired of all the re-runs during the summer.
Some of my favourite reality programs are coming back. I have to admit reality TV wasn’t my way of being entertained at the start. However, as I got more and more into some of the shows, I started to enjoy them. I even became a fan of some.
I enjoy watching the gold miners from up north. I have never mined for gold, but I did go and pan for it one time.

Armstrong brings booming voice to musical

The first time the entire cast of Rent gathered for a rehearsal, Rob Armstrong opened up his booming voice and sang the heartbreaker, I’ll Cover You.
Jaws dropped. Moments later, tears rained down. Somewhere between the voice and the subject matter, even the cast — familiar with the music and the plot — couldn’t help but cry.
It’s a very moving show, admits Armstrong with some humility.
“If emotions aren’t evoked from the audience members, then we are not conveying the message as it should be conveyed,” he said in an interview.

‘Comedic Drama’ inspired by friends’ lives

Sum Theatre’s latest production is a case of art imitating life.
The play, called My Rabbi, focuses on the friendship of two Canadians — one Jewish and one Muslim.
It’s familiar territory for the stars of the show, Kayvon Kelly and Joel Bernbaum. The actors became close friends while attending the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, B.C., and have since created the play together.

Spreading the word on mental-health illnesses

CLARA HUGHES is a woman on a mission. One of Canada’s most outstanding athletes ever is cycling across our country on what is being called Clara’s Big Ride.
Her goal is to bring awareness to mental-health illnesses. Like so many Canadians, Clara struggles with depression.
“This is going to be an epic journey, the ride of my life. And it’s all for awareness of mental health, breaking down the stigma when it comes to mental illnesses,” she told CBC.

Living with anxiety
People don’t understand panic attacks, but I do

I’m having a bad day.
It is not like this every day. Today is one of the really bad ones. I am feeling anxious.
The anxiety has been controlled to a large extent. I remember the hundreds of days when it wasn’t.
I would leave restaurants in the middle of meals. Sandy was left to either eat alone or follow me out the door. After she paid the bill that is. I would leave movies, leaving her to watch them alone. I remember watching Titanic from the door of the theatre; gosh, it was a long movie. Once, when we were in Las Vegas, we had fourth-row centre seats for Mama Mia.