Baby, it’s too cold outside to simply ban Christmas songs you don’t like

Social and cultural change is most effective when it employs persuasion as opposed to heavy-handed tools such as censorship

Baby, it’s too cold outside to simply ban Christmas songs you don’t likeThe removal from air play of the newly controversial 1940s hit Baby, It’s Cold Outside represents a noteworthy shift in the way media companies defend artistic freedom in the eight years since the Dire Straits song Money for Nothing was banned in Canada. The Dire Straits tune, a monster 1985 hit, was forbidden from broadcast…

Christmas songs and the power of nostalgia

Bing Crosby's version of White Christmas is recognized as the best-selling single record ever

Christmas songs and the power of nostalgiaIt’s surely a personal quirk, but I must confess that the relatively modern Christmas songs, like All I Want for Christmas Is You and Fairytale of New York leave me cold. Yes, I know they’re critically acclaimed and immensely popular, not to mention enormous money-spinners. However, they don’t tickle my fancy at all. Perhaps it’s a…

O Tannenbaum symbolizes the entire celebration of Christmas

The Christmas tree is a universal symbol that delivers a message of endurance and light during the dark winter months

O Tannenbaum symbolizes the entire celebration of ChristmasThe traditional German song O Tannenbaum is often translated as O Christmas Tree. This is only partly true, however. The English version is quite different from the German. The essence of the German song is far more universal. One of the beauties of learning languages is discovering what words and poetry mean to the people…

Care home celebrates 20 years of operation

The event included an evening of live music, and an open house with family members, friends and other visitors

Care home celebrates 20 years of operation  Kenneth Brown of The Crossroads Eatonia Oasis Living is 20 years old and the organization, along with its staff and residents, have celebrated two decades of operation for the care home. The care home and its people held a celebration over two days last weekend. The organization held a celebration on Oct. 26 at…

Eatonia trade show returns after year off

Fifty-four vendor booths and eight craft tables have been booked so far. And there’s still time to book space

Eatonia trade show returns after year offBy Kenneth Brown of The Crossroads The Eatonia Fall Trade Show returns this month after taking a one-year hiatus. An organizer says there is still room for a couple of vendors. The community’s 29th annual Fall Trade Show takes place at the Eatonia Arena on Oct. 20, and the day starts with a pancake breakfast…

Volunteers host a successful fall fair at Burstall

Event featured trade show, silent auction and garage sale, plenty of popular food and chain saw carving

Volunteers host a successful fall fair at BurstallBy Joan Janzen of The Crossroads Burstall hosted their 37th annual fall fair on Saturday, Sept. 8, beginning with a parade at 11 o’clock a.m. A featured event for the day was Marina Cole’s personal wood carvings, and she did not disappoint anyone who watched her wield a chain saw and carve creations out of…

Recovery centre celebrates 10 years of history

Event featured food, live music, a dunk tank, a pie-eating competition, face painting and games, and speakers

Recovery centre celebrates 10 years of historyKenneth Brown of The Crossroads The Prairie Sky Recovery Centre has been helping people to overcome their addictions for a decade, and an event on the weekend helped to mark the milestone. Recovery Days was a celebration held over two days on Aug. 24-25 at the centre in the former village of Leipzig. The main…

Make your own music and memories in Big Pink

The famous house in southeastern New York state was once used by The Band. Now it's available to the public for overnight stays

Make your own music and memories in Big PinkIf you’re a fan of The Band, I have great news for you. You may be aware that this summer marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Music From Big Pink, the group’s first album. But you may not know that the remote house the musicians and their mentor Bob Dylan gathered in to record…

Recovery centre to hold special anniversary event

The public is encouraged to visit on Aug. 25 to find out about the work the centre does helping people to recover from drug and alcohol addictions

Recovery centre to hold special anniversary eventKenneth Brown of The Crossroads The Prairie Sky Recovery Centre in Leipzig is hosting an event to celebrate 10 years of helping people to recover from their drug and alcohol addictions. The centre’s Recovery Days event takes place over two days on Aug. 24-25, but the important day for members of the general public is…
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