The Sweat Factor

The Sweat Factor

The effectiveness of my workout is directly proportional to the amount of sweat I produce. As the last thing I do is core exercises on a mat, my measure of success is the size of the puddle I leave behind. Today my puddle was more like a few beads, as my physio was limited owing
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Wind In My Face

Wind In My Face

One of the hidden jewels of Wood Buffalo is Vista Ridge, the all season recreational park in Saprae Creek. I had the opportunity to duck out of a half day of work to accompany my son Dylan to the hill so he could try his hand at the tube run. The day was perfect, a
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Craving Water

Craving Water

Surrounded by the friends of the Keyano College Foundation at their annual Investors Reception, I was craving water in the worst way. This is a new thing for me, because for the past many years my craving would be for other forms of beverages. It was great to meet DG from P & H MinePro.
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Prune Juice and Parenting

Prune Juice and Parenting

You know you’re getting old when…you add prune juice to your grocery list for strategic reasons. As my weight had been creeping in the wrong direction over the past few days I could feel the ballast building up inside. Heather suggested “a glass of water with two tablespoons of pulverized flax just before bed, followed
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Partings and Remembrance

Partings and Remembrance

“Parting is such sweet sorrow,” wrote William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet. The circumstance of death being both sweet and sad has landed on the same weekend two years in a row. My grandfather passed away at the age of 99 exactly one year ago. It was a passing both sorrow and sweet. I had
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Coalition Building

Coalition Building

I like to slip into a hot bathtub and descend into a cloud of bubbles with the latest edition of Maclean’s magazine. Tonight one quote from Alberta’s Minister of Culture and Community Spirit, Lindsay Blackett, leapt out at me from the dialogue captured during a round table discussion about the rise of Western Canada hosted
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Backstage with Loverboy

Backstage with Loverboy

In the early 80’s they were one of the biggest rock bands in the world–Loverboy. While B-Level groups like Toronto, Helix and Streetheart were slammin’ through medium-sized markets and receiving good radio airplay thanks to the CanCon regulations, Loverboy was sweeping through the lucrative American market with songs like “Working for the Weekend” and “Hot
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Small Differences, Big Results

Small Differences, Big Results

40+ days into the battle of the bulge and the tide has definitely turned. Not only have the numbers steadily and slowly declined, I’ve noticed small differences that when added together over time mean big results. I am so much more aware of what goes into and out of my body. I curb my appetite
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Mr. Moriarty

Mr. Moriarty

I got the news early this morning from my mom that Fr. Moriarty had taken a turn for the worse and was not expected to make it through the night. Fr. Moriarty, then Mr. Moriarty, was my high school English teacher who instilled in me the love of words and language. He was different, quirky,
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Social Media Chills

Social Media Chills

I woke up this morning and watched the announcement of the Oscar nominations thanks to streaming video provided by cnn.com. It was a complete accident that I stumbled upon it at about 6:20 am and thought I’d catch the news before it made the news. With one window open to the broadcast and the other
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