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Daybreak Again: March 17/18, 2012

Max Fawcett.jpgAlberta Venture magazine is about to celebrate its 15th Anniversary and publisher, Ruth Kelly, has been nominated for Alberta Magazine Publishers Award. One of the hallmarks of the monthly periodical is chronicling change in this province and the March issue features a look at the impact the Mountain Pine Beetle has had on Alberta's forests and industries. max Fawcett is the author of the article and spoke with Russell about his findings.

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Morag Northey.jpgIt's a busy life and we often think that any free time we have must also be spent doing, reading, thinking or listening to something productive. Cellist & songwriter, Morag Northey, thought the time might be right to set all that aside. The time is an hour and the place is St. Mary's Cathedral in downtown Calgary. Thanks to Bishop Frederick Henry & Father Greg Coupal of St. Mary's, Together Calgary allows Morag to create what she calls "accompanied silence," where the public is invited to come during the Monday lunch-hour, sit and think, while she improvises on the cello and with vocalizing. The event derives from her passion and experiences with music as a healing force. She spoke with Russell about her idea for the event and what she hopes visitors can take away from it.

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Naomi Lewis.jpgNaomi Lewis is an Alberta author who recently captured the Colophon Prize, for the best work of fiction combining literary and commercial appeal. She won it for her forthcoming book of short stories, I Know Who You Remind Me Of, released this September by Enfield & Wizenty. It will be the follow-up to her 2008 debut novel, Cricket in a Fist. Born in England, Lewis is now based in Calgary and in the Fall of 2011 she was the writer-in-residence at the Calgary Public Library. Her work has been described as the stories of empathetic young women, set in a period of chaos. Naomi spoke with Russell about her writing and her upcoming appearance at the Alexandra Writing Centre.

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Christine Mawer.jpgChristie Mawer is a woman who will not be ignored. She is confident in her outlook, appearance and mission for her life. Part of that mission is to teach other women to gain confidence if they feel lack it, yet want it. Her book, The Bad Kitty Handbook, outlines her philosophy and methods for getting that confidence in your life. She's also inviting women to be a part of a one day workshop on March 24 dedicated to a "Full Day of Fabulous." The woman known as The Bad Kitty brought her fabulous self into the Daybreak studio to chat with Russell.

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What a year it's been for fibre-artist Linda Cunningham. It started with tragedy when her partner died a year ago and she took time for grief and to heal. However, a winter trip to the Bahamas seems to have her fortunes looking up. Linda Cunningham and her knitting dropped into the Daybreak Studio.

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