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Every Tuesday I toss up a series of links to stories I’ve written or found interesting the past week.

The World Junior Hockey Championships are less than a week away. I took Zacharie to the Finland-Canada exhibition game. Zambonis and popcorn, what more could a 4 year old want? You can follow the tournament on Twitter, @HC_WJC and use the hashtag #IWasThere for the games.

If you tell your kids about Santa, are you a liar? Justin Bieber‘s mom never did the Santa thing for fear her son would think she was lying about Jesus when he found out the secret. Regardless of her motives, Bieber’s headlines are once again touching off the “am I lying to my kids” debate in parenting circles.

How do you discover your new music? Now that I’m working for a 60s, 70s, 80s radio station, my consumption of new music has been cut considerably. This weekend I punched up BBC Radio 1 to hear Reggie Yates and the Official Chart. I immediately downloaded Lloyd‘s Dedication To My Ex and Avicii‘s Levels. Both are killer, I recommend you do the same.

Are high school reunions obsolete? In 2008 I wrote an article about how Facebook was being used as a way to gather students to attend the reunion and hypothesized they might eventually be pointless. This week the New York Times is on the bandwagon. “Social networking has robbed us of our nostalgia,” said Michael Fox, who attended his 20-year high school reunion in November. He was disappointed to find there was little he didn’t already know because of Facebook. Still, others are saying Facebook makes the reunions better, you can cut the “what have you been up to?” small talk and get right to the old school hookups.

If you’re not crazy enough for the holidays and want a couple of recipes to toss into the last-minute mix, here are 3 worth trying. Coconut Cardamom Burfi is an exotic twist on your traditional snowball. Condensed milk, chai spices and coconut make this easy treat delicious. Dinner with Julie had a meat and baking challenge from her CBC friends last week and she found a way to mix bacon with shortbread. Her recipe? Bacon Shortbread with Salted Stout Caramel. Wow. And finally, since Glo MacNeill‘s Luscious Lemon Pudding Cake has been sold out ever since she won the $250 000 Grand Prize on Recipes to Riches, make it yourself!

I could not go 5 minutes without being exposed to Michael Buble last week. I heard his #1 album on the BBC Official Chart. I saw 2 unauthorized biographies at WalMart. He was on SNL and his Christmas Special has been on more than twice. Back in the day, when he was little more than a cigar lounge singer fronting a band called the Bubble Jets, I was his emcee.

What have been your favorite reads of the past week?

Link Bait

A weekly collection of interesting stories, things I’ve written and stuff you should know.

The 90 Best Twitter Accounts of 2011 – it’s the ultimate Follow Friday list of Twitter accounts that can add value to your stream. Freshen things up and add names like Alec Sulkin (Family Guy Writer), Bill Simmons (Grantland Editor and influential sports writer), Depressed Darth (the regrets of Vader), Kelly Oxford (the next Shit-My-Dads-Says-ish star to come from Twitter).

A Brain Going Bad – not only a great (tragic) read about the life of Derek Boogard, but a brilliant display of journalism from the grand old lady. The New York Times article is long, detailed, moving and annotated with video links. There’s also an accompanying 30 minute documentary produced by the NYT. This is the future of print media and, hopefully, not the future of hockey.

The Digital Pacifier – there was much debate in the Twittersphere this week over my posting about my son’s delayed speech. Charlie is nearly 2 and mumbles less than 10 words. He communicates fine, we’re not worried, but I did point to his proficiency with the iPad as to one of the causes of his “developmental delay”. There is much evidence that digital pacifiers are making their presence felt in our kids’ lives. Is it good or bad?

Yummy Mummy Club – one of the many sites I write for had “a little work done” this week. The new design is elegant, clean and much easier to navigate. My first post for the new YMC detailed 55 apps for kids you can preload on their iToys before Christmas.

Twitter Gives You Access – I’ve not been shy with my criticisms about the New, New Twitter. I don’t like it and have abandoned the official apps. I now use Tweetbot when mobile and I’m clinging to the Adobe Air version of Tweetdeck on my desktop. When faced with the criticism Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey took the time to respond. “thx for your patience,” he told my friend. “We have to build the foundation for conversation & discovery first, and evolve to re-add the shortcuts.”

What are your must reads of the week?

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