Precious Thoughts

Precious Thoughts

I have multiple rivers of thought in the aftermath of watching Precious, the Lee Daniels directed movie starring Academy Award winner Gabourey Sidibe. The main river flows by memories of the people in my life who have been victims of abuse–spousal, filial, parental and otherwise. Another river flows through a truth in motion pictures that
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The Boiling Frog

The Boiling Frog

How does that story go? If you put a frog in boiling water, it’ll jump out. But, put that same frog in a pot with room temperature water, then stick it on the stove and bring it to a boil. That frog will happily float in that water until its dead, completely oblivious to its
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May Rain

May Rain

The water drops fell throughout the night, a beautiful symphony to accent a deep sleep. Our windows are all open now, letting in the fresh smelling air and the sounds of both the rain and the birds. There is something incredibly soothing about a spring rain, a recognition that the grass, the leaves, the gardens
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They’re Growing Up

They’re Growing Up

Dylan took his little brother to the store on his own for the first time tonight. Armed with some loose change, they set out down Demers Drive, up Father Mercredi to Fraser and beyond to the confectionery beside McDonald’s downtown. It was a walk of about four blocks–the beginning of many more inevitable walks of
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Dear Erdem

Dear Erdem

Dear Erdem, There are days that are near perfection in our small corner of the world, perched 450 kilometres north of Edmonton in the province of Alberta. Today was one of those days. “If it could stay like this forever, I wouldn’t complain,” said a friend, basking in the sun, neither too hot nor too
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Road Running

Road Running

My weight has been slowly rising as my eating goes up and my exercising goes down. Little habits have snuck back in, late night snacks, too much coffee, too little running. Sunday morning. I got up and decided that I would go on my first outdoor run since beginning the battle of the bulge. I
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Lure of the Godfather

Lure of the Godfather

I have watched The Godfather more times than I can count. But every single time I run into the first, second or third editions on the television, I can’t help myself. “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” (Michael Corleone, Godfather III) It doesn’t matter what order they show up,
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On Avatar

On Avatar

It is the biggest movie in history, a wonder of cinematic technology, and the brainchild of Canadian director James Cameron–Avatar (2009). It is unlikely that if you live anywhere in the civilized world that you haven’t been exposed to this ubiquitous brand. I finally watched it last night. I had heard that during the Academy
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Who is the Fake John Vyboh

Who is the Fake John Vyboh

The political class of Wood Buffalo is buzzing this week wondering who is stirring the proverbial pot posing as the Fake John Vyboh on Twitter. The profile emerged on Tuesday night providing live commentary of the regional council meeting from the fictitious point-of-view inside Councillor John Vyboh’s mind. “I’ve often told myself that Pierre Trudeau
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Basketball Putz

Basketball Putz

I was a member of the Kamsack Spartans basketball team in 1984-85. I worked hard, always giving it a 100 percent effort, but I was terrible. I couldn’t make a lay-up to save my life. Not much has changed in 25 years. Our staff has made a habit of doing a lunchtime sport activity every
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