Community spirit comes in many different shapes and sizes. Sometimes it comes in the shape and size of a larger-than-life travelling sign that shows up mysteriously in parks around the city. ED – mō – wo͝od A nonsense name and (I assume) a portmanteau of the name of our city “Edmonton” and the name of a much more famous city “Hollywood” erected as an homage to the famous landmark of the latter. Mystery. Puzzle. Social media treasure hunt. Spirit-boosting community game. Who knows which for sure. I was driving my daughter to school this morning and looking off to the side of the freeway into a familiar park through which I’ve run and hiked countless times, the increasingly-famous rogue art…

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The horizon-hugging sun of autumn and spring passing through the crisp, frosty air often whistles to her a pair of trusty companions: sundogs. SUNN – dawg Simply, sunlight refracting through ice crystals in the clouds creating a lens or halo effect in the sky. Listed among my favourite words is sundog. We had finished our recent Sunday Run and had gathered (socially distantly, of course) in the parking lot to chat and chatter. In the frosty sky to the east the glare of the sunlight through the wisps of clouds highlighted a pair of sundogs punctuating hours of the long spring dawn. With similar optical physics to how a rainbow appears, I suspect, the photons of light of our sun…

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One of my favourite winter words is apricity. a-PRIS-uh-tee Simply, it means the warmth of the sun in the winter. It is a poetic word, in a way. The word apricity has an ineffable quality in that it is difficult to articulate what it means to someone who has never gone for a long winter walk under a brisk blue sky and felt the radiant heat of the sun on your cheeks contrasting with the frozen air. Apricity is the tangible tingling that pat your on the shoulders when you break from the shadows of snow-covered trees and step out into a ray of sunlight. The feeling of the sun crawling over the horizon late in the morning of a…

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