Fishing for Shiners

Fishing for Shiners

We had walked into the tourist area of Gibsons from our vacation home at Granthams Landing, a distance of a couple of kilometres, stretching our legs, grabbing some ice cream at Mike’s Place (best gelato we’ve ever had) and checking out the remnants of the Persephone (Nick’s boat from The Beachcombers). Just beyond Molly’s Reach
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Forced Abandonment

Forced Abandonment

The vacation home sits on the sea side of the scenic route from the Langdale Ferry to Gibsons Landing in the middle of a beautiful neighborhood of Grantham’s Landing. But, just a few door down begins a stretch of properties that have been completely left to abandon. When we drove by the first few times,
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Arriving in Gibsons

Arriving in Gibsons

Gibsons sits on the southern tip of the Sunshine Coast, that fabled piece of British Columbia that includes Roberts Creek, Wilson Creek, Sechelt, Pender Harbour, Egmont and a smattering of small communities running all the way up to Jervis Inlet. The vacation home we’ve rented is near Grantham’s Landing, just on the outskirts of the
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Sleepolympics

Sleepolympics

Each participant in the Sleepolympics has the same basic tools to work with: a reclining chair, a foot and leg stool that swings out from underneath, and about four train cars. This is our universe-three coaches and the dome and dining car. At various times throughout the day, guests enter the challenging event, the time
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New Friends and Train Adventures

New Friends and Train Adventures

The train twists and turns, silently carving a path through the Rockies. Soothing, timeless, enchanting, this form of travel has an entrancing effect. It becomes a little more entrancing with the right song on the iPod and a keyboard in front of me. Heather had spotted this lovely lady in the train station at Edmonton,
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A Journey of a Different Colour

A Journey of a Different Colour

The train station has a distinctly different energy, a vibe of anticipation, of something extra special-not another plane ride or drive in the country. The people here are not in it for the destination, rather, the journey. Represented are your railway aficionados, one fellow texting back and forth with someone on the train. “They’re stopped
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A Wood Buffalo Family

A Wood Buffalo Family

We were asked to participate in a video project for the Public Affairs Bureau of the province of Alberta, as an example of a happy Wood Buffalo family. I had suggested a number of different activities that we could do that would be representative of our life in the north, adjacent to an industry that
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It’s not goodbye, it’s later!

It’s not goodbye, it’s later!

“OK, let’s get this done,” he said, coming in for the farewell hug, careful not to get too caught up in the moment. He turned, walked back to his truck, and was gone. Kenny Jones came to Fort McMurray as a young, upstart, eager and single radio jock; he’s leaving as a seasoned broadcaster, husband,
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In Contemplation of Public Life, Part Deux

In Contemplation of Public Life, Part Deux

My heart began to palpitate as I looked at the schedule of the incoming Council for October and November. From the “getting to know each other” sessions to learning about governance to budget planning, a tremendous amount of time is required. I was the emcee at the induction ceremony three years ago, when this current
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God Bless Walmart

God Bless Walmart

Heather and I have been tearing through the early episodes of The West Wing. Season One, which ran from 1999 to 2000, was outstanding. Season Two which ran from the fall of 2000 to the spring of 2001 was even better, especially the season finale when the President (played by Martin Sheen) is about to
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