First things first: correcting mistakes from last week’s Leader. We said the Slave Lake Curling Club hosted a Peace Curling Tour event for the first time earlier this month. It’s actually the second time. One was held in 2019 as well.
Has anybody else noticed an explosion of little flying bugs lately? They might or might not be fruit flies, but they have sure taken off in The Leader office, to the point they are getting on people’s nerves.
A bit of harmless fun can be had scrambling your name (or any name) and seeing what other words and phrases are contained in a set of letters. ‘Simile jowl cam,’ for example, is an anagram of the name of the person writing this. Or The Leader’s other reporter, ‘Non real pretzel.’ Or if you prefer, ‘Zen plot learner.’
How about ‘Injure sad tutu?’ Anybody want to guess whose name those letters come from (A certain political leader)?
‘Toolier one,’ is probably pretty obvious (also a politician). Continuing on the political theme, here’s ‘Jet mag hinges.’
Wow. No more Alex Trebek hosting Jeopardy. Among other things we liked about him was his excellent diction. He pronounced every word carefully and clearly, so you could always understand what he was saying. What a rare treat that was. A lot of people whose job it is to answer telephones could do well to emulate Mr. Trebek.
Lindsey Davies of the Children’s Resource Council let us know last week we have been consistently mis-naming the organization she works for. The CRC delivers programs throughout a region that includes (but is not limited to) Slave Lake, High Prairie and Wabasca. It is acting on behalf of the Family Resource Network of Alberta, and replaces the program formerly known as Parent Link.
Sorry about the confusion.
It’s a strange world we’re living in. Take the idea that two opposing ideas can both be true. A lot of people can’t look at the world that way, for whatever reason. For them it has to be all or nothing. Black or white. Either somebody is an evil or good. Or a political party, say.
But in fact human beings and the institutions they create can be both good and bad at the same time. Actions can bring about both positive and negative outcomes. And when you’ve exhausted yourself with all the recriminations and accusations you find we are all still here and have to find a way to get along with each other. And that requires some degree of acceptance of shades of grey in everybody and everything.
And that’s probably more than enough Page 9 philosophy for one day. Or one week.
Dolphous Noskiye stops in The Leader office occasionally to warm up and enjoy what we’re serving, which is either coffee or water. He was in a talkative mood one day not long ago and was sharing some of his strategies for finding warm places to spend the night. He also asked when he can be in the paper again. We made a date for an interview, which (if it happened) would have been too late to make this week’s paper.
With COVID raging, some people are saying just let it happen and we’ll develop ‘herd immunity.’ That’s a harsh philosophy, along the lines of saying ‘let the weak die off and the strong survive.’ It is more or less how nature works when not interfered with by humans. But we are humans and we need to protect the weakest. It’s one of the things that makes us what we are.
Okay, that’s more Page 9 philosophy sneaking in there. Sorry about that.
November 24 to 25 the Community Helpers is offering a free suicide prevention certification at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre. It is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register call Devin or Irvin at 780-849-3039.
The Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre is not the only group in Slave Lake which helps the homeless.
For example, every Thursday for the last few years, the Community Christian Church has a soup kitchen, says CCC pastor Sid Chalmers. “It always varies,” but lately around eight to 10 people come each week.
Slave Lake and area community members are welcome to come to the next Homeless Coalition meeting to learn more and propose productive solutions. It is at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26 at the Friendship Centre.
‘This time next week’ was Dick Carrell’s prediction about when we might see ice on one or more of Slave Lake’s outdoor skating rinks. Carrell and Leonard LeBlanc are the chief players in S.L.I.P. (Slave Lake Ice Patrol), the volunteer group that creates and maintains those rinks every winter. Carrell says the weather wasn’t quite cold enough the past couple of weeks to get that first flood in. But if it’s not happening by now, it won’t be long!