We’re on our own

October 18th, 2022 by Emma Durand-Wood

Note: I found this in my drafts folder. I wrote it in January 2022 and dabbled in it for weeks, but it felt too bleak to publish. I’m doing it now, partly for posterity, but also because in some ways things still feel sort of the same as they did then. The last couple weeks […]

A pandemic event of no fixed duration

October 30th, 2020 by Emma Durand-Wood

Years ago, during a particularly long, cold March, I wrote a post called “A Winter Event of No Fixed Duration“, in which I tried to embrace our inability to know how long winters will last. This week I find myself thinking about our current “pandemic event of no fixed duration”. I sensed in March, when […]

Peg Gratitude: Day 10 – Plain Bicycle Project

December 10th, 2019 by Emma Durand-Wood

I’ve said it here before, but getting my bike through the Plain Bicycle Project changed my life. Sure, it maybe could have been another bike, but when I heard about the project, I just fell in love with the beautiful upright bikes, and could really see myself riding one. I loved the idea of a […]

Peg Gratitude: Day 4 – My Winnipeg Roots

December 4th, 2019 by Emma Durand-Wood

Today’s my dad’s birthday. He died in 1998, a few days after I turned 17. I have a distinct memory of sitting in the computer lab at the community college in Lethbridge around 2000, looking at Craiglist ads for apartments in Winnipeg. There were photos of apartments or suites for rent in the West End, […]

Your Official Guide to Being a Winnipegger

August 6th, 2014 by Emma Durand-Wood

Given the nice, hot summer weather we’re finally having, it’s hard to remember that this past winter was a record-setter. During those long, cold days, local software developer Thu Tran and his colleagues at iQmetrix made a cool little video about Winnipeg, and I know that readers of this blog will appreciate it as much […]

Summer Roasts, Toasts, Thoughts and a Question

July 19th, 2014 by Emma Durand-Wood

Ah, summer in Winnipeg. I guess it’s nothing if not unpredictable! I don’t have a super-cohesive post today; just some random stuff I wanted to share, a question to ask, things to complain about, and others to rave about. In no particular order… Toasts: We love the garage we take our car to (Midwest Tire at […]

Ode to My Front Porch

June 2nd, 2014 by Emma Durand-Wood

I might be kind of a nerd (okay, I know I’m kind of a nerd), but I really love Thursdays because that’s the day my neighbourhood’s community newspaper, The Herald, is delivered. There are usually all sorts of neat little tidbits inside: notices for upcoming events, stories about area residents and the interesting things they […]

Have you had your say about poverty? You’ve got until Friday!

May 4th, 2009 by Emma Durand-Wood

Winnipeg has a bad rap when it comes to perceptions of crime, and I think this is unfair. Having lived in a Calgary and in many different neighbourhoods within Vancouver, I think it’s safe to say that all big cities have problems with crime —  Winnipeg’s residents are not unique in feeling overwhelmed by constant […]