In Sweden, Sankta Lucia day, celebrated on Dec. 13, officially ushers in the holiday season. Marked by candlelight processions, Lucia day commemorates the life of Saint Lucia — an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters.
Though there are many versions, the re-occurring legend tells the story of a young girl, clad in a white gown with a red sash, her head crowned by a halo of light, who appeared to bring hope, warmth and food to those in need during a time of famine in Sweden. READ
Every once in a while it’s a good idea to get lost someplace. At least that’s what I told myself as I wandered around Xcaret Park in Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, trying in vain to find my way back to the lockers where I had foolishly left the park map, along with my camera bag. READ
When Michelle Richard was in her teens, she noticed the tip of one finger would periodically feel cold, turn dead white and then go a purplish-red colour. READ
The romance plot line concerns a cute new girl who arrives in Grade 5 and threatens to create a rift between the childhood friends. Like all of his stories, Hay said this one has roots in reality. READ
There are things you expect to see in Arizona and things you don’t. You expect to see saguaro cacti; you don’t envisage surfers. But there we were, standing in front of the FlowRider at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., watching a 15-year-old boy from Kelowna performing surf tricks on a giant wave. He made it look so easy. READ
My most recent conquest in the kitchen has been to make my own mozzarella cheese. It is not cheaper to make your own mozzarella cheese, the product is not as consistent as store-bought variety and it is more effort than picking up a brick of cheese from the store. READ