How do you write?

How do you write?

My friend Kevin Thornton posted a wonderful blog about the unusual habits of 8 famous writers.  By way of example, Mark Twain wrote lying down, J. D. Salinger wrote naked, and F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote drunk. None of these work habits sound particularly appealing to me. Of all the authors cited, the one that strikes
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Celebrating 85 years of aviation in Wood Buffalo

Celebrating 85 years of aviation in Wood Buffalo

This is the week for Oilsands Banquet VIII, honouring the Fort McMurray Airport Authority and 85 years of aviation in Wood Buffalo.  An invite-only annual affair that not only brings together senior executives from the producing side of the oil sands industry, but also the service and supply side, as well as leaders from all
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On A First Name Basis

On A First Name Basis

“I don’t think I’ve enjoyed an evening of theatre quite as much,” I said to Heather as we arrived home after our 12th wedding anniversary celebration that included a lovely dinner at the Sawridge and watching On A First Name Basis at Keyano Theatre. Written by Norm Foster, described in the playbill as “Canada’s preeminent
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My gratitudinal TOP 10

My gratitudinal TOP 10

If ever there is a time for counting our blessings, it is on the Thanksgiving long weekend.  We move so fast, especially in the fall, that pausing for gratitude is often struck from our to-do list.  I’m not going to allow that to happen, especially this year. 1. My family  Heather, Dylan and Ben stood
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Oh poop!

Oh poop!

I had a tough time sleeping last night.  My eyes were closed, but drifting off blissfully proved to elude me for many hours.  Perhaps that unsettled night led to my slip up at security this morning, or maybe I’m just sloughing off brain cells? Arriving at DIA (Denver International Airport) nice and early, I had
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The Bruno photo shoot

The Bruno photo shoot

I was in the middle of The Gathering, a social profit conference in Calgary, when I got a text from photographer Mitch Hippsley (http://www.theartoflife.ca/), letting me know that he had a break in his schedule. We had been trying to connect for a week, ever since I had painted a portrait of Bruno inspired by
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The Scrooge Chronicles begin in one week

The Scrooge Chronicles begin in one week

I like having as little hair on my head and face as possible. Thankfully, nature has helped with the stuff on top, though the hair on my face and chin has to be carefully managed. The only things that change my clean-shaven visage are great uncertainty in my life – which I’ve had a number
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Channeling Dickens

Channeling Dickens

Over the past few days, I had the honour of presenting as part of a panel at The Gathering 2.0,  the Suncor Energy Foundation’s bringing together of social profit and community benefit sector leaders from across the country.  I was joined by Chile Hidalgo from the Foundation Strategy Group out of Boston, and Jessica Bolduc,
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Warm hands, warm heart

Warm hands, warm heart

Somebody observed that minus three in March is a completely different experience than minus three in October.  Did they hit the nail on the head, or what!  Temperatures in the minus single digits during a long winter compel us to doff our winter jackets and happily, and comfortably, walk around in our shirt sleeves.  The
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The Bruno Project

The Bruno Project

The Bruno Project, 20′ x 24″, by Russell and Ben Thomas, acrylic on canvas, inspired by a photo by Mitch Hippsley So, a couple of days ago I posted a blog called “Just Bruno”, thinking that it would just sit out there in the Internet ether, benignly waiting for someone to see it that might
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