Change, Fear and the Collision of Best Intentions

Change, Fear and the Collision of Best Intentions

I grow increasingly fascinated by the dynamics of change, the vagaries of why and how change happens and how people and organizations react to it. Spring is a natural season for change as it is a time when ideas germinate and take root, when dormancy is replaced by growth. Change is all around me these
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Putnam County Spelling Bee

Putnam County Spelling Bee

Its theme song has been bouncing around in my head since we returned from Calgary, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The unlikely 2005 Broadway hit musical had been extended in the Max Bell Theatre produced by Theatre Calgary, giving Claude and I the opportunity to attend during our free night on Saturday. Directed
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Riding the LRT

Riding the LRT

While Claude and I were attending Theatre Alberta meetings in Calgary, Ben was enjoying his first independent weekend away from home with Mama or Papa. We dropped him off at Uncle Michael and Auntie Kathryn’s in Edmonton on our way south. It turns out he had a wonderful time. We arrived a little earlier than
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Theatre Alberta

Theatre Alberta

For the past four years, every quarter, I get together with the Theatre Alberta board of directors and we talk about projects, issues and ideas around the world of theatre in the province. Yesterday Claude and I drove all the way from cloudy Fort McMurray to sunny Calgary to attend what will be my final
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Recession?  What Recession?

Recession? What Recession?

I decided to walk to work this morning, the first time in months. My route took me from Father Mercredi on to Hill then on to Fitzsimmons. I ducked through a right-of-way near the Wood Buffalo Housing units behind the River City Centre and finally found my way to the loop road. And that’s where
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Remembering the Boat People

Remembering the Boat People

If you grew up in the 1970’s, the term “Boat People” might mean something to you. If you are of the younger set, you might twist up your eye brows when one of us Gen Xers mentions the term. Memories of the Vietnamese Boat People came into my mind today while playing my first game
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The Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes

I don’t know what possessed Lawrence Hill to research and write The Book of Negroes? I’m sure if I plugged in the right search terms in Google I could find the answer. Or, perhaps I could reread his introduction in the illustrated version of the award winning novel that has moved millions. Regardless of why
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Out of Sorts Into Balance

Out of Sorts Into Balance

I’m a pretty stable human being. From one day to the next I’m generally optimistic, enthused and firing on all cylinders. On the rare day that I’m feeling out of sorts, I always peruse my inventory of responsibilities, stresses and concerns to identify the primary source of the imbalance. If I’m successful in identifying the
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The Birds

The Birds

Who needs the Weather Channel when you have birds. Just watch them closely and they’ll tell you everything you need to know. Driving home from Edmonton last week, returning from our holiday in Mexico a day late due to the mammoth spring snowstorm that nearly entombed Wood Buffalo, I kept noticing pairs of Canada Geese
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Websites to Live For

Websites to Live For

What is the one website (besides Facebook) that you couldn’t live without? I asked that question of my Friends in the social media world and it inspired a long list of interesting answers. I thought it would be fun to share some of those on the Middle Age Bulge blog, along with links in case
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