Abram’s Land

Abram’s Land

When they built Dickinsfield in the 1980’s, my Council colleague Dave Kirschner told me that they had to remove the trees and level out the land. They laid the fallen trees on land to the west and covered them up with the overburden. Thirty years along and generous grasses and scattered trees have risen up,
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Sleeping In

Sleeping In

I woke up seeing pictures on Facebook of friends attending various Saturday night Halloween parties, all kinds of costumes, positions and inhibitions on display for all to see. I’m not embarrassed to say that we were in bed by 9 pm. It’s shortly after 8 am, the coffee is made, and I’m sitting down to
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Dylan Surgery Adventures, Part 5

Dylan Surgery Adventures, Part 5

I took the stairs up to Unit 201 at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, eager to see Dylan after what had been a long, long month. Coming in the big double doors of the recreational common area, it was strangely silent, not a nurse or patient to be seen, just large empty tables. So, I continued
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Going the Speed Limit

Going the Speed Limit

Had I not been going the speed limit yesterday, I’m almost certain that I wouldn’t be alive to write this blog today. I was driving 100 km/hr on my trip down to Edmonton early yesterday morning; I had left at 5 am from Fort McMurray. It was a day carved out of a busy schedule
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The Swearing In

The Swearing In

Ben was pretty excited about tonight; he was going to see his Papa swear on stage. He was also pretty excited about the food, too. We thought that things would wrap up by 8:30 or 9:00 pm at the outside, but put a group of 11 politicians in front of a microphone and things are
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Sweet Silence

Sweet Silence

It is quiet in the mornings as fall flirts with winter. At 7:30 am, the sun is still well behind the horizon and darkness seems to absorb all sound. It is sweet silence. I spent yesterday afternoon dismantling the big highway election signs. And being the particular soul that I am, I perfectly pile them
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Morning taxi ride

Morning taxi ride

Heather needed the car on Friday and I needed to get to work, so I called a taxi. One of the great benefits of living relatively close to work is that the cost of a cab ride is only $10. So, when time is short, I take a pass on walking or public transit and
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Election Night Ride

Election Night Ride

I just hadn’t given it a whole lot of thought. As Election Day wound down and the regular Monday work day came to an end, even then I wasn’t trying to imagine what watching the results come in would be like. I had no sense as to the ride I was about the enjoy. Our
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Pins and needles, pundits and pontifications

Pins and needles, pundits and pontifications

Everyone has an opinion, especially on Election Day. No matter who I’ve talked to, a different painting of the election portrait emerges. It’s been a fascinating experience. In a sense, I feel like I’m one of the finalists in Survivor, and that the power has shifted over to the jury, the electorate in this instance.
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The night before e-day

The night before e-day

My dad and I were doing the final sign check in Timberlea when a stranger drove by on her bike yelling “Tomorrow’s the big day!” “Yee haaa,” I yelled back. “I’m voting for you,” she said, stopping her road bike to chat with us for a few minutes. What was reassuring is that she knew
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