Luck plays a big part in creating a winning athlete

Fire the coach. Yell at the players to motivate them. Or accept that luck plays a significant role in the outcome, no matter how valiant your efforts

Luck plays a big part in creating a winning athleteNow is the winter of sports discontent. National Football League coaches are being primed for the chop. National Hockey League and National Basketball Association coaches, too, are trying to stay one step ahead of the grim reaper as their teams’ rosy prospects dim. In the NFL, we hear that longtime Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis…

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…

NRCC fundraiser a big hit with supporters

Name That Tune concept proves to be plenty of fun – and a great way to raise money for the centre’s new kitchen

NRCC fundraiser a big hit with supportersKenneth Brown of The Clarion Last weekend’s Name That Tune fundraiser for the Norman Ritchie Community Centre (NRCC) helped give new meaning to the idea of crowd participation. The sold-out fundraiser on Dec. 9 at the NRCC was presented by NRC Management Inc., the centre’s community-based management board. The evening’s entertainment was provided by Danceland…

When a kiss is just a kiss

Fairy tales impart pro-social values and are full of lessons for the young. We do our children no favours when we read lust and sexual assault into them

When a kiss is just a kissIn Casablanca, the greatest movie ever made, Dooley Wilson (as Sam) sings: “You must remember this/ A kiss is just a kiss/ A sigh is just a sigh.” Sarah Hall of North Shields, England, would disagree. For her, a kiss, such as that bestowed by the handsome prince on Sleeping Beauty, teaches impressionable youngsters that…

Poland’s 20th century tragedy

Stuck between Germany and the Soviet Union didn't stop thousands of Poles from contributing to the war effort in the 1940s

Poland’s 20th century tragedyCanadians who grouse about living next door to the American elephant should consider the situation of Poland, particularly in the mid-20th century. With Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union on one side and Adolf Hitler’s Germany on the other, Poles must have occasionally wondered just what they had done to merit this unfortunate geography. English journalist Max Hastings…

Stage production aims to share Christmas spirit

Christmas Spectacular runs on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., on Dec. 16 at 2 and 7 p.m., and on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.

Stage production aims to share Christmas spiritKenneth Brown of The Clarion The meaning of Christmas takes centre stage when Dahling Productions presents its fifth annual Christmas extravaganza to Kindersley audiences. Dahling Productions, a local theatre company operated by Richelle Ortman, has been doing an annual Christmas production since 2013. The company’s history of presentations continues with an original musical titled Christmas…

Adolf Hitler’s fateful mistake

If Hitler had declared war on Japan in support of the U.S., he might have kept the U.S. out of the European war. And that would have changed history

Adolf Hitler’s fateful mistakeAdolf Hitler began 1941 in a commanding position. He had 10 European conquests under his belt and just one active foe – beleaguered Britain and the members of the Commonwealth, like Canada. But by year-end, he’d added the Soviet Union and the United States to his slate of antagonists. And the declaration of war against…

How alcohol is killing Aboriginal Canadians

In his important book Firewater, Harold Johnson talks about the enormous problem of alcohol abuse that plagues so many Indigenous communities

How alcohol is killing Aboriginal CanadiansWhat is the ’60s Scoop and why should a conversation about it still matter to Canadians today? The ’60s Scoop has been much in the news recently, and I expect we’ll hear much more about it in the coming weeks and years. I’m guessing there are already plans to make it the subject of the…

Musical knowledge to be tested at fundraiser

Name That Tune event in aid of the Norman Ritchie Community Centre upgrades

Musical knowledge to be tested at fundraiserKenneth Brown of The Clarion People attending a new fundraiser in December will compete in a friendly game of Name That Tune, with prizes up for grabs. The contest takes place on Saturday Dec. 9 at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre starting at 7 p.m. The event is being presented by NRC Management Inc., a…

It’s another musical Christmas

Two events in Kindersley over the next two Sundays will get you in the festive spirit

It’s another musical ChristmasClarion staff Two events over the next two Sundays will get you in the Christmas spirit. The annual Kindersley Christmas Carol Festival, sponsored by the Kindersley and District Music Festival Association, will be held this Sunday at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church. Organizer Glenda Giles said there will be about 22 musical numbers…