Author Archives: Jean Mills (page 45)

Author Archives: Jean Mills

Around the House: Listen! Those are the sounds of your club

November 10, 2010

When our daughter was very young, we would bring her to the club to watch us curl. Sitting behind the glass with her bag of chips (a real treat!), she would point out at the ice and exclaim “Slide pop!”

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Around the House: Skips I have known – for better or for worse

November 3, 2010

A few weeks ago I wrote about the challenges of playing three-versus-four.  Our vice, B., moved into the house and took over the job of calling the game for our absent skip. I became vice for the night, and H., our lead, threw the first three rocks and did a lot – a LOT – of sweeping, all by herself.

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Around the House: A virtual visit to the “local” curling club

October 27, 2010

When I’m travelling, one of my favourite things to do is check out local landmarks – the library, for instance, or the town hall.  The smaller the town, the better, because then these landmarks play an even larger role in the community.

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Around the House: No spare? Prepare to throw a lot of rocks!

October 20, 2010

The first game of the season was last week, and it took several days to recover.

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Around the House: Opening Night!

October 13, 2010

It’s a mild October morning, and I’m scrambling through the daily routine. Lunches, last-minute chores, getting my head around the various tasks awaiting me at work – I’m in the moment and not looking too far ahead.

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Around the House: Curling etiquette

October 6, 2010

I remember it clearly: during one of the first games I ever curled, my skip gave me the evil eye as I slid down the side of the sheet talking to one of my teammates.

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Around the House: It’s team-building time!

September 29, 2010

The email from Betty-Anne arrived last week: “Hi Jean, I’m in charge of making up the teams for our Wednesday Night Business Women’s League. Could you let me know what position you’d like to play?” With a thrill of pre-season excitement, I realized that team-building time has arrived.

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Around the House: Volunteering comes naturally to curlers

September 22, 2010

Yes, that’s me in the picture, chatting away to a couple of guys who stopped by the Guelph Curling Club table at Stone Road Mall one crisp Saturday a few weeks ago.

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Around the House: Welcome to Planet Curling!

September 15, 2010

Remember when you were new to curling?  You may have felt yourself stepping into a world that was at the same time welcoming and overwhelming.

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Around the House: The season is coming! The season is coming!

September 8, 2010

Depending on where you curl and how your club is set up, it’s likely that autumn signals (a) the start of the school year and (b) the beginning of your curling season.

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Around The House: Curling life on and off the ice

June 21, 2010

So you’re a recreational curler who spends a lot of time – or maybe only one evening a week – at your local curling club.  You love the game and the people you meet there.  

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