Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad

Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad

When I was a kid the question “best two out of three?” would follow a narrow loss in any competitive activity. That was me again this morning playing with my weight scale. I stepped on and it said I was a pound heavier than the day before. I stepped off, kicked it soundly, then stepped
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The Reader

The Reader

At first I was grumbling under my breath–I had gained 0.4 pounds after having had six days in a row of weight loss. I have this piece of scrap paper on my desk that I record the daily weigh-ins, and there it was slapping me upside the face, as if to say “Why did you
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A Number

A Number

A father sends his petulant and unpredictable son off to live in an institution, but not before grabbing enough of his DNA to have a clone made. Son #2 turns out to be everything he ever wanted, the good son, until the father’s world begins to unravel when the hospital who executed the science comes
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Pandemic or Pandemonium

Pandemic or Pandemonium

What began in rural Mexico in February-March of last year, and grew into the 2009 Pandemic, has faded off into the sunset in 2010. Enjoying a lecture tonight by University Studies instructor Blaine Legaree, I was transported back to those tense days in spring with the World Health Organization escalated the pandemic threat from Level
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Heavy Hauler

Heavy Hauler

Today I drove my first heavy hauler, the mammoth trucks that prowl through the various mine sites in Wood Buffalo. These are the biggest trucks in the world, capable of carrying 360 tons of dirt. The biggest are 23 feet from the road to the top of the truck bed, 50 feet when the bed
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Reaching Equilibrium

Reaching Equilibrium

Since I began this wellness kick I’ve lost between two and three pounds per week. At this rate, I’ll disappear in July of 2011. The remarkable and confounding thing is that I’ve lost this weight without doing anything terribly dramatic. Sure, I’m exercising more than I was, and certainly I’m eating better, and Lord knows
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What A Difference A Month Makes

What A Difference A Month Makes

I started the Middle Age Bulge blog one month ago tonight. Something had shifted in my life, as abruptly and surprisingly as the tectonic plates somewhere below Haiti a few weeks ago. It was an awakening that resulting in a dramatic turnaround in what I was eating, the amount of exercise I was getting and
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Finding Balance

Finding Balance

Several years ago, in the face of growing health concerns, my wife began making changes in her life including the study of yoga, reiki and most recently, massage therapy. When we met back in April 2001, she was the most pragmatic person you can imagine, practical, rational to a fault. Today she is highly spiritual
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Being Blake Crossley

Being Blake Crossley

The television was choosing not to cooperate on the treadmill this morning. So my entertainment was left to the music on my iPod — a playlist containing Bob and Jakob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon — and my reflection on the blank screen in front of me. As I ran, I was focused on
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When in Rome

When in Rome

I enjoyed a delightful conversation this week with a communications colleague from Syncrude about storytelling. And as we shared anecdotes I realized that the best stories I’ve written almost always started by being spoken, shared. One of my best tales recounts a bizarre day in Rome in 2006. My wife Heather and I were on
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