Creature of Habit, Creature of Change

Creature of Habit, Creature of Change

I’m a creature of habit, so my wife says. I get up at the same time every morning, no need for an alarm clock. I do the laundry in a very particular and predictable way. And I definitely thrive on routine. All of that said, I’ve always been the one to shake things up, whether
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Are We Special?

Are We Special?

The question of the special status of Fort McMurray – Wood Buffalo was front and centre today as Energy Minister Ron Liepert addressed a crowd gathered for a Chamber of Commerce sponsored breakfast. First of all, let me say that I like this guy. Not only is he a survivor, getting through an embattled tenure
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Weight Control & Summer

Weight Control & Summer

In recent months, it feels like I’ve struggled with keeping up with my fitness routine. While I managed to get to the gym almost daily in January, it has whittled down to two or three times a week now–if I’m lucky. The other problem is that after a long, hot, hades kind of day, when
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Back to the Snye

Back to the Snye

The first of June marks the opening of the Snye and Clearwater for fishing. So, right after supper last night I piled in my gear, drove the three blocks to the confluence, and got my rod in the water. “Lee! Where the hell have you been? I’ve been waiting for you here all winter.” I
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An Open Book

An Open Book

For better or for worse, I’m an open book. In maintaining an active Facebook profile and writing an almost-daily blog, if it’s on my mind it has likely made its way into the social media universe. I had a call today from a news reporter who got wind of my Crafting the Message blog post,
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Crafting the Message

Crafting the Message

As I continue to ponder running for Municipal Council this fall, I’ve begun to sketch out potential messaging. Who am I? What do I say about myself that would put my candidacy into that place of meaning for the many people who have no idea who I am? (Russell Thomas Biography, draft #1) Russell THOMAS
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Dear Erdem (2)

Dear Erdem (2)

I was driving home the other night after attending a graduation celebration for Leadership Wood Buffalo, a program that I went through four years ago and an organization that I belong to today as a member of its board and alumni. It was 11:30 pm, a rare late night for me. As I came down
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The Frontiers of Ignorance

The Frontiers of Ignorance

“Push back the frontiers of ignorance,” said Tom Katinas, outgoing leader of Syncrude during their annual community reception. A great quote, for which I cannot provide any context as I wasn’t in the room when he said it; I was next door at the Leadership Wood Buffalo graduation banquet. A friend was on the other
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Sketching Council

Sketching Council

I decided it was time to audit a council meeting, in person, away from the computer screen. As I found my seat arriving 15 minutes early, I realized how long it had been since I had been in chambers–likely 6 or 7 at least, since the major renovations took place. Previously, they had several rows
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My Favourite Things

My Favourite Things

There have been a number of things I’ve purchased or have been given as gifts in recent years that have become valued possessions. These are the top 5. 5. iHome Stereo This was our family present this past Christmas – the iHome audio system. I had spotted it in Macleans magazine in the fall and
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