Love Actually

Love Actually

Sitting for hours in an airport I was reminded of the opening scene from Love Actually. Hugh Grant’s character said it best: Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport. General opinion makes out that we live in a world of hatred and greed–I
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Albuquerque Here I Come

Albuquerque Here I Come

The bags are almost packed and the evening dwindling away as I get ready to fly the friendly skies from Fort McMurray to Edmonton, from Edmonton to Denver, and from Denver to Albuquerque. I’ve made a trip in March for three years in a row, first to Savannah in 2008, last year to Kansas City,
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I Was Deaf But Now I Hear

I Was Deaf But Now I Hear

I was expecting a simple consult when I went for this morning’s appointment with the ear specialist, convinced that any procedure would take place down the road and likely in the big city. Instead, Dr. Kudryk went right to work, first sticking a fibre optic camera up my nose to ensure there weren’t any sinus
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My Community Development Education

My Community Development Education

Days like today remind me of how grateful I am for being in Wood Buffalo, in the physical place and amongst the people who call this home. We spent the full day in a strategic planning session for the Nonprofit Sector LINK–a nonprofit for nonprofits, facilitated by Karen Doyle from the provincial government . Walking
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Albuquerque Here I Come

Albuquerque Here I Come

If there is one definitive thing that my upcoming trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico will accomplish it is a new found ability to properly spell the name of this incredible city. I would bet that if you were to put ten fully educated adults in a room and asked them to spell it, nine out
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Cloud 9

Cloud 9

It is both intoxicating and awkward receiving accolades like last night’s Wood Buffalo Big Spirit Ambassador Award–intoxicating in that I’ve been overwhelmed with congratulations and best wishes from friends, colleagues and family; awkward in that it’s a little discomfiting to be singled out among so many wonderful contributors to the Big Spirit that defines us.
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The Gold Star

The Gold Star

The proverbial wool got pulled over my eyes the last couple of days, as a whole host of folks conspired to get me out of the house and to the annual Fort McMurray Tourism Gold Star Awards. It’s not that I didn’t want to go, it was just that I had a full calendar and
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Writing Fiction

Writing Fiction

I’ve been a writer for a short time, a couple of years at best, and always of the non-fiction variety. Kiran challenged me to submit another piece for NorthWord, the local literary magazine now starting to gather content for its third iteration. I wrote a creative non-fiction story for the last edition about the last
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Where Did Winter Go?

Where Did Winter Go?

I walked out the front door last night, in my light Keyano College jacket on my way to the Leadership Wood Buffalo information session, and paused. Off to my right, in the half light of early evening, the remnants of the snow fort in the front yard grabbed my attention. “I just built that damn
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Community Leadership

Community Leadership

“Turn to the person next to you and share with them your idea of what community leadership means to you,” said Ed Kamps to a room full of Leadership Wood Buffalo hopefuls and a few scattered participants and alumni. The voice of one turned into the voices of many as conversations exploded around the banquet
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