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A Curling Tournament Through the Lens of Ray Peters

It will go down as one of the most successful Scotties Tournament of Hearts in history. A final featuring Jennifer Jones and Kerri Einarson, a rematch of the 1-1 page playoff game Saturday, packed the Winkler Arena Sunday, and simply added to what had already been an amazing week of curling and crowds.

Here's the reaction of Kim Warburton of Curl Manitoba, and Co-chairs Louis Tanguay, and John Neufeld, in conversation with MC Chris Sumner.


Ray Peters has an "eye" for the perfect action shots, and is known in the sports community as an excellent sports photographer -- here are some of Ray's snapshots of the week:


The Peterson Brothers -- at Ag Days in Brandon.


Canada's biggest indoor farm show is underway at Brandon's Keystone Centre. Many of Manitoba's farmers are there, and so is Farm reporter Cory Knutt who joined the CJRB Morning Show, to tell Al Friesen about his experience



Cory referred to those popular Peterson Brothers, with Greg being a presenter at AG Days.  Here is their take on "Do you want to build a snowman" from Frozen:

 

MCC 50th Anniversary Celebration Rescheduled!

It was one of the disappointments of 2014.  A day before cancellation of the 50th anniversary celebration for MCC Manitoba. There was a lot of last minute scrambling on behalf of MCC and those who were involved or intending to be there. And that's why the news today from MCC Manitoba Executive Director Ron Janzen was so well received




Elexis Penner Blog: Board Game Rage: Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention

Stained Glass Secrets

by: Elexis Penner

 

Board Game Rage: Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention

 

 

Once, on a weekend away, we attempted what we called, Board Game Olympics. Well, we tried, but we kept getting too technical with the points system so we scrapped it. We still played all weekend, but it was like T-ball – we’re not keeping score, but everybody knows who won.

 

We love board games. It’s great together time. We laugh like crazy. And it gets everyone away from the TV – a way more effective strategy than my usual countermeasure of, “Go outside!! You’re going to get RICKETS!!”

 

Even if I’m not playing, I love being in the same room, enjoying everyone’s interactions with each other.

 

It’s just that, sometimes something seems to happen and we – change. As in, we turn into people that we don’t like very much. I’m not a competitive person in most things (and I’ve got race stats to prove it), but stick me in front of a board game, or card game, and something… just… kinda… snaps.

 

My brother still won’t stop bringing up the time I threw dice at his head during a Monopoly game. I’ve given my husband the silent treatment for hours after losing at Rummy. I think I flipped over a chess board once.

 

And if it has anything to do with Trivia – especially 80’s Trivia – be advised, you’re going down.

 

But it’s not just me. We’ve had to implement certain rules during family games – especially Settlers of Catan. Rules regarding name-calling, and who is not allowed to sit next to who. Of course we still have fun.. mostly.

 

I think we all have situations – our own personal Monopoly – where we turn into someone we never meant to be. We’re generally calm and giving people, but we step foot into certain settings and BOOM – Dr. Jekyll. I mean Mr. Hyde. Whatever – the bad one.

 

Maybe it’s my girlfriend coffee group that’s prone to gossip, under the guise of concern. Maybe it’s facebook, where I can’t not get into an argument every time someone says something I don’t like. Maybe it’s my kid’s sporting event. Maybe it’s what happens after a couple of drinks – or what was supposed to be a couple.

 

What’s your Monopoly? Most of us have one.

 

It seems like I can start my day all, “I got this. I’ve got such a handle on this. I am a super good person.” And then bang, the next thing I know, I’ve got my hands around someone’s throat, accusing them of rigging the dice because how else could they have missed landing on my Park Place four rounds in a row?

 

My first mistake is thinking how invincible I am. And while it’s just as damaging to doom myself to failure, going through my day in denial of my struggles and weaknesses, has typically set me up for disappointment.

 

I don’t like to admit a weakness to myself or anyone else, because why? Because if I’m weak at something it means I’m not being good enough, not praying hard enough, not trying hard enough, or any other thing that isn’t enough.

 

On days where I lie to myself less, I might be able to say, “OK, I struggle here… I’ve failed in this… I may very well fail again… It’s just not going to get easy over night.” This is not weakness, it’s the start of a game plan. But not mine – better than mine.

 

My second mistake (obviously not an exhaustive list) comes in my view of other people. I usually fail to recognize that the person whose idiocy is making me want to take a golf club to every piece of glass in a 2-mile radius, probably started their day off with the same good intentions that I did. And is probably feeling like a moron, just like I do after I screw-up.

 

Or maybe they’re not. But whatever.

 

Of course, instead of recognizing this, I usually first spend a generous amount of time stewing, and uber-venting to my husband, who has to listen to me (it was in the vows – I made sure). Or worse, I round up a friend or two to discuss it and we tisk, tisk, our way into feeling better about ourselves. And I forget that I really meant to be more gracious.

 

Why does this happen? Because we’re jerks? Well, partly… But also, because it’s hard!! It’s easy to say I believe in grace, but when I’m knee deep in life, it gets tricky. And I can’t strong-arm myself (or anyone else) into ‘being a good person’ with guilt and fear tactics. But I can acknowledge that in my worst moments, someone smiled at me and said, “Everyone makes mistakes. Things are never too far gone.”

 

And I’ll tell ya, things have been pretty far gone.

 

In Vanishing Grace, Philip Yancey writes, “Grace dispensers give out of their own bounty, in gratitude (a word with the same root as grace) for what we have received from God. We serve others not with some hidden scheme of making converts, rather to contribute to the common good, to help humans flourish as God intended.” We’re pretty good at the hidden schemes part, not always so much at the common good part.

 

We all have our own personal Monopoly. Maybe in the moment of dice throwing, it’s good to remember that what’s easy for me, is hard for you. And vice versa. Which doesn’t make any of us better or worse – just human.

 

And we’re only really in trouble when we forget that.

Tonight on Evening Concert with Terry Klippenstein

Tuesday, January 20: Canadian Brass performs sacred music by Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina;
flutist Peter Jancovic, harpist Renata Modron and the Mozart Festival Orchestra will play Mozart's
Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C. Join Terry Klippenstein at 7.