Review: Never Be Closing

Review: Never Be Closing

In a previous generation, required reading if you were heading out into the business world was How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.  Even if you weren’t in the selling game, it provided valuable insights into human dynamics, making connections and leaving an impression.  In Never Be Closing, written by Tim Hurson
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Revisiting Miles

Revisiting Miles

As I was cleaning up after finishing up the mural portrait of Dorothy McDonald, the first female Chief in Alberta, who passed away on Remembrance Day 2005, I had a crazy idea.  I would use the back of my election signs to start a new series of portraits.  Hell, I have dozens and dozens of
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Bringing down the fence

Bringing down the fence

As I’ve been on this mural painting journey the last couple of weeks, I’ve thought a lot about fences, and the things that divide us as human beings.  The back alley was that No Man’s Land that I’d visit sparingly, the storage spot for election lumber, and the burial place for the last furry friend
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In praise of YMMFMA

In praise of YMMFMA

I still can’t get over the fact that the Fort McMurray Filmmakers Association (YMMFMA) has only been in existence for a year.  They celebrated the occasion over cupcakes and homegrown films on Thursday night with a full house of people, lots of socializing and laughs. Founded by the fearsome fivesome: Tito Guillen, Steve Reeve, Ashley
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Justin Trudeau gets his #selfiewithelsie

Justin Trudeau gets his #selfiewithelsie

I put out the suggestion on Twitter earlier in the day: Russell Thomas @rvthomas67I think @JustinTrudeau should get his #selfiewithelsie while he is in #ymm.  What a great photo to give Mrs. Yanik. @VoteHarrietha By mid-afternoon I had had a couple of missed calls from Liberal by-election candidate and fellow Leadership Wood Buffalo alum, Kyle Harrietha.  We finally
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5 steps to Twitter success

5 steps to Twitter success

This is really for the benefit of one of my work colleagues who asked for some advice on what to do about Twitter.  It was an unanticipated request, so I didn’t have time to plan a step by step approach.  Even my half-day Twitter 101 workshop doesn’t offer a linear path to follow.  It is
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What’s in a calendar?

What’s in a calendar?

An event is coming up.  You know roughly when it is, but you don’t know the exact date, time or location.  Where do you look?  In this day and age, most of us head over to the computer and look for the specifics in any number of places: Facebook, Twitter, websites, community portals, etc. And
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Garage concert hits the right notes

Garage concert hits the right notes

I had almost forgotten about the garage concert being hosted by some Father Mercredi music students.  It was in my calendar, but on Sundays it rarely gets looked at.  Thankfully, I glanced up at the clock at exactly 2:55, just moments before the show was to begin. Dylan and I trucked it up the hill
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Seeing IS Believing – Salvation Army

Seeing IS Believing – Salvation Army

A group of Syncrude employees joined Diane, Leslyn, Muna and I for a United Way “Seeing is Believing” tour on Friday. I had been on one of these when I was a member of regional council last year and found it to be incredibly informative, insightful and at times, emotional.  I remember saying after that
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Blue 4 U

Blue 4 U

I love you, Papa, the bluest. I love you the colour of a long, rocky flowing stream. I love you the colour of a shining, sparkling sapphire ring. The colour of a calm quiet sea, The colour of thankful, full laughter, The colour of energizing joy in the bright, thoughtful eyes of yours, The colour
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