It's the season for eating the candy you bought for trick-or-treaters before the 31st, searching the internet for an easy and unique Halloween costume and carving pumpkins! The tradition of carving pumpkins for Halloween has its origins in "Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as early canvasses. In fact, the name, jack-o'-lantern, comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities" (The History Place). Stingy Jack was denied entry to both Heaven and Hell, so was left to roam the earth with a burning coal in a carved out turnip for light. Putting your own 'Jack-o'-lantern' outside of
Thanksgiving weekend has arrived at long last! Queue the smell of pumpkin pie wafting through the air, crunchy leaves crackling underfoot, the cheering of the football stadium, and time spent being thankful with loved ones. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to take a moment to reflect on the year so far. It's a moment to take a deep breath and check in with yourself and your goals so that you can finish the year strong.
Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is not always a stress-free holiday. Spending so much time with people can be emotionally draining, it can feel like a long weekend of more work as you prepare to host others or travel, and through it all you can find yourself feeling distinctly not grateful for the season; and waiting for Tuesday
The winter may have Christmas, the spring may have flowers, the summer may have backyard BBQ’s, but here at Team Ken Richter we are particularly fond of Autumn. The fall is an absolutely striking season, filled with deep golds and burgundy’s, crunchy leaves, warm scarves and pumpkins. Although we love warm summer days, fall cannot be matched in beautiful Calgary, Alberta.
The autumn season is fleeting. Here in Calgary it typically lasts from mid-September to mid-October. We are so lucky to get to experience all four seasons here in Calgary, no matter how short some of them may be. Soak them in. Experience them as deeply as you can.
That being said, here is our Autumn Bucket List:
1). Explore A New Community: Communities such as Bowness,
Today's Stampede Parade kicked off the beginning of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, which takes place from now until July 14th. Get ready for fantastic events, inspiring showcases, homegrown country music, delicious treats and so much more. It seems like every year the Calgary Stampede gets bigger and better, and this year is no exception.
Not sure where to start? Here are 5 things to check out during this Calgary Stampede:
1). Dill Pickle Everything: From Dill Pickle popsicles to Dill Pickle pizza, dill is set to be a main ingredient in this year's Stampede! You can check out all of the ingenious and audacious new creations down at the Midway. Craving the classics? Don't worry, the funnel cakes and mini
What is summer solstice? This year it falls on today, June 21st. It marks the official start of the summer. National Geographic writes, "solstices occur because Earth’s axis of rotation is tilted about 23.4 degrees relative to Earth's orbit around the sun. This tilt is what drives our planet's seasons, as the Northern and Southern Hemispheres get unequal amounts of sunlight over the course of a year. From March to September, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted more toward the sun, driving its spring and summer. From September to March, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away, so it feels autumn and winter. The Southern Hemisphere's seasons are reversed."
Throughout history different places and cultures have marked
With the new year has come the age old saying, “new year, new me.” People commit themselves to being the absolute best version of themselves as they start fresh in the new year.
Typical new year’s resolutions include deciding to exercise more, study more, save more, work more, love more, more, more, more. There is one problem with resolutions to do more and be better: often, these resolutions are left unfulfilled, making people feel worse than they did to begin with. How can you stick to your resolutions when they demand so much from you? Read on for our top tips.
1). Start small. The reality is that no one can do more and be better at everything all at once. Trying to do so will leave you frustrated, angry and burnt-out. Pick two or so goals to
All of us from Team Ken Richter would like to wish you a fantastic holiday.
May your celebrations with loved ones be joyful, and may the year ahead bring you true happiness.
Ken, Sean, Vivian, Nicole & Alex Team Ken Richter www.KenRichter.com Team@KenRichter.com 403-630-6363
"Christmas is more than a day in December It’s all of those things that we love to remember Its carolers singing familiar refrains Bright colored stockings and shiny toy trains Streamers of tinsel and glass satin balls Laughter that rings through the house and its halls Christmas is more than a day in December Its the magic and the love That we’ll always remember" - M. E Miro
Christmas is right around the corner! Did you know that December 21st is the busiest day of the holiday shopping season? It's estimated that 600-700 credit and debit card transactions are made in relation to holiday shopping and preparation every single second. That is absolutely astronomical! If you are one of the brave souls heading out into the wild Calgary streets this evening to finish your holiday shopping, we've got some tips for you:
1). Make a list, check it twice. Head to the stores with what you need in mind, and make sure the shops you'll be visiting have your items in stock. This will save you the stress of going from shop to shop, wandering around lost and confused. This will also help you budget out how much you'll be spending and
In Calgary we are blessed (and somewhat stressed) to get all four seasons. It means that in the spring we get rain and fresh blooms, that the summer brings hot sunny days, the in the fall we can walk through crunchy golden leaves, and that in the winter we get a blanket of snow over beautiful Calgary. In many other places in the world, they are lucky to experience two seasons, let alone all four.
Because we get all four seasons, Calgary has worked hard to make sure that there are activity opportunities for residents no matter what the weather looks like outside. One way they have done this is by efficiently transforming sites from season to season, adapting to each new need. The best example of this is the Bowness Lagoon.
Remembrance Day is this weekend on November 11th. In honor of this significant day in Canadian history, here is the history behind the poppy:
In 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian soldier, wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields." He did so on the battlefront of Ypres, Belgium during the first world war after seeing his dear friend, Alexis Helmer, killed by a German bomb. The poem was a reflection on war, loss, perseverance and the poppies that grew atop the graves of the fallen. Many soldiers recalled the hope these blossoming poppies gave them, that even after death something beautiful could grow.
In 1918 Moina Michael, inspired my McCrae's poem, vowed to always wear a red poppy in remembrance of those who served in the war. During a
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