My cluttered cave

My cluttered cave

I always strive to keep my man cave organized and presentable, but it never works out that way.  Each day, new pieces of clutter arrive, settle and cement themselves until I gather my courage and straighten things up again. Buttons from Mindcamp, my 1983 yearbook that I dragged up from the vault the other night,
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Community Impact

Community Impact

I’ve learned a lot of things about United Way in my short three months with the organization.  You’d think as a former municipal councillor and long-time community volunteer that I’d have known more, but the truth is that the learning curve has been huge and inspiring. Today, we officially launch our annual Community Campaign, 10
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Memories of Billy

Memories of Billy

A blast from the past hits like a sudden squall, a confusion of jumbled memories, swirling images and a strange funnel-like trip back in time. “Dad wanted me to tell you boys that Billy Botchnuk died of a heart attack,” wrote my mom in an email to my older brother and I earlier this evening.
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Heather’s Surgery Adventures, Part 6 – the CODA

Heather’s Surgery Adventures, Part 6 – the CODA

I was sitting at the window, drawing the colourful building across the way while Heather was covered up in a warm prayer shawl trying to sleep when the resident came in to confirm that she was being sent home. She sat up immediately, excitement in her eyes, bags all packed and ready to go.  Some
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Heather’s Surgery Adventures, Part 5

Heather’s Surgery Adventures, Part 5

There comes a point in a hospital stay when it changes from being a novelty to being an adventure whose ending can’t come soon enough.  I think we’re there.  I say “we” because I’ve logged a more than a few hours here, keeping Heather company more than anything else.  She is well taken care of
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Second Illuminate inspires tears and cheers

Second Illuminate inspires tears and cheers

The second Illuminate Talent Search lit up Sustainival on Saturday and Sunday with a great variety of local performers. A total of 23 acts began the competition; among them were 5 dancers, lots of singers, and one incredible athlete. Eleven advanced to the final round. In the end, it was a gymnastics floor routine that
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Heather’s Surgery Adventures, Part 4

Heather’s Surgery Adventures, Part 4

There is a word that describes what I felt earlier today that I’m trying to remember but can’t. I was driving back to the hospital after spending some time with former Councillor Dave Kirschner who now lives in a care facility in south Edmonton.  He was diagnosed with MSA (Multiple Systems Atrophy) about three years
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The Elsie Effect

The Elsie Effect

Something magical happened while painting the mural of Elsie Yanik.  It sparked a period of creativity and artistic exploration unlike any I have experienced previously.  The paintings that followed have sparked tremendous interest in the style I’ve developed and a list of commissions and projects that will keep me busy into the fall and through
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Heather’s Surgery Adventures, Part 3

Heather’s Surgery Adventures, Part 3

The hospital is a lot less busy today, it being the start of a long weekend.  Some of the amenities are closed, doctors are scarce and the activity level is markedly different than yesterday.  We had a visit from one of the operating surgeons, not the neuro-guy, but the ENT who did the bulk of
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Heather’s Surgery Adventures, Part 2

Heather’s Surgery Adventures, Part 2

There is a sweet spot for WiFi reception that I discovered almost immediately as Heather’s surgery began.  I ended the first instalment with my jubilation at having found a strong signal.  As the docs did their fine work, I discovered that this particular spot is one of the only places where the signal comes in
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