Stand Up For Mental Health

Stand Up For Mental Health

I’ve spent some time recently talking about an anxiety attack (of sorts) that I experienced a couple of weeks ago.  In one fell swoop, I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders, my pulse was racing, and found myself curled up in bed trying to calm myself down.  My suspicion is that the
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Rediscovering CKUA

Rediscovering CKUA

I have been a longtime supporter of CKUA, Alberta’s priceless listener supported radio station.  I became an ongoing donor back when Chris Allen was still working there, before he retired, as he had helped with a number of interPLAY festivals and I wanted to return the favour.  Through many summers, winters, springs and falls, that
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A father’s pride

A father’s pride

I took Dylan, 15, along for a United Way Seeing Is Believing tour to Stepping Stones youth home and Some Other Solutions yesterday.  Soon to go into grade 10 at Westwood Community High School, Dylan is at that age where trying to keep busy during the lazy hazy days of summer is very difficult.  Having
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End of Week 1 of Ideal Protein

End of Week 1 of Ideal Protein

As I approach this morning’s weigh-in and measurement to begin the second week of my return to the Ideal Protein program, I’ve realized that I’ve successfully fallen into the routine.  The summer has proven to be an excellent time to do this process as there are fewer outside functions and interruptions to routine. While some
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What’s it called?

What’s it called?

As I’ve shared my recent spate of painting adventures online, the inevitable question has popped up as to what the style is called.  I honestly have no idea.  The word that pops up for me is whimsical when thinking about the style.  It is substantially less precise than the work I did when I was
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Gifts of summer

Gifts of summer

Dylan just wrapped up his week at Artstrek, the provincial drama camp for teens operated by my good friends at Theatre Alberta at Red Deer College.  I had sent Dylan a couple of messages, just checking in to see how he was doing, with no response.  Knowing his predilection to social situations, I deduced that
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Ode to Norm

Ode to Norm

“How was your trip?” I asked Norm Sutton as he returned home from a 6-day motorcycle adventure through Saskatchewan and Alberta. “It was all great except for today,” he said.  He had run into some significant rain which can be a real drag on the whole driving-around-in-the-open-air thing. “Oh, you put the banners back up,”
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First few days back on the program

First few days back on the program

I am into Day #4 of the Ideal Protein program.  I’m glad I made the decision to initiate this correction, as it has been almost a full three years since I did the program the first time.  That experience fundamentally changed how we eat as a family.  As such, the adjustment has been minimal at
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The happiness bias

The happiness bias

The theme of this month’s SUCCESS Magazine is happiness.  In an article by Patty Onderko, she wrote the following: Research has shown that if most of our interactions with others in a day are positive or neutral, and one is negative, come bedtime, most of us will dwell on that one bad experience instead of
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Returning to Ideal

Returning to Ideal

My friend Sean posted a short video of me walking around down in the historic Abasand Oil area.  Seeing myself on video was enough to inspire me to take the leap back into the Ideal Protein (IP) program.  I had been bemoaning the fact that I was getting more bouncy around the middle for weeks,
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