Easter Sunday in Mexico

Easter Sunday in Mexico

It is Easter Sunday, day three of being in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. This is an incredible tourist mecca, with streams of people from around the world flowing down fifth avenue. But unlike some of my more recent travels, the stores, restaurants, bars and small shops in this place are of high quality, beautifully designed
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BlackBerryless

BlackBerryless

I left my BlackBerry at home for my last morning of work before leaving on our holiday. I didn’t mean to leave it at home, perched up on its ledge where it gets charged up overnight, but I think leaving it at home is a good thing. This needs to be my weaning off period,
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Ola Mexico

Ola Mexico

Tomorrow, we set forth for Casa Mah, our home away from home in Playa del Carmen on Caribbean side of Mexico. Today it’s a lot of preparation, packing and processing all the things we need to bring to take us through the next seven days. Casa Mah is a beautiful condo just a five minute
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Shhhhhhh!

Shhhhhhh!

Dylan is reaching the age of my memory, the cusp between grades five and six, when I first felt the tingle of being older–childhood felt like it was behind me. It was 1977 when I was in grade five, the year Heather was born, a lifetime ago when Shaun Cassidy and Leif Garret adorned the
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Sunny in Wood Buffalo

Sunny in Wood Buffalo

When the sun comes out in Wood Buffalo the streets and sidewalks come alive. The neighborhood kids fling off their jackets and tromp around enjoying the warmth and optimism. Adults find excuses to go for a walk, anything to soak in the rays. Spirits are noticeably lifted when the sun shines. I was pretty sure
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Earth Hour Dims Planet

Earth Hour Dims Planet

As the rolling blackout swept across the globe during Earth Hour, we kept our eyes on the clock waiting for our turn. This was the third year in a row we shut everything down for 60 minutes as part of a viral environmental awareness and conversation campaign that has captured the imagination and participation of
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Game Change

Game Change

That I knew I would write today’s Middle Age Bulge blog post on Game Change was obvious the moment I finished the book’s final page and closed the cover. “Wow!” I mumbled to myself, a little out of breath. Written by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, Game Change captures the political race of a lifetime
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Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies

The new Barenaked Ladies (BNL) released their latest album this week, All in Good Time, their first in the post-Steven Page era. I’m listening to it as I type this blog post, my 80 Gb iPod Classic plugged into an old set of surround sound computer speakers. The sound is remarkably good. BNL was last
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The Kamsack Times

The Kamsack Times

I arrived home from work to find my son Ben perched on top of the kitchen counter, phone cradled to his ear in an animated conversation with my dad. He had called to tell me “the good news” that my picture had appeared in this week’s edition of the Kamsack Times, right there on page
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Planin’ to Playa

Planin’ to Playa

Winter is hanging on, about as welcome as a crazy flatulent house guest that just refuses to leave. It was -28 degrees this morning, late March–our comeuppance from Mother Nature for the three unseasonably warm weeks that started near the end of February. Our family will be driving down to Edmonton in just over a
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