Tiny moments

Tiny moments

I have found it incredibly fulfilling to capture myriad moments on this blog in the last four and a half years that I’ve been writing it.  It’s hard to believe that I will hit 1,000 posts, likely in July.  This platform gives me a place to share stories, ideas, and reflections, in a format that
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Fort McKay – yours to discover

Fort McKay – yours to discover

I’ve been going back and forth to Fort McKay for 17 years.  I’ve watched it grow and develop to the point now that I keep encouraging leaders like Chief Jim Boucher and Fred McDonald to take out a double page spread in the Fort McMurray Today, Connect or Snapd to share their success story, to
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Elsie’s #SelfieWIthElsie

Elsie’s #SelfieWIthElsie

I don’t know where the idea of taking selfies with the mural portrait of Elsie Yanik came from?  Perhaps it was inspired by Team Kyle Harrietha’s selfies that have been popping up all over Twitter during this by-election campaign.  Maybe it came from Ellen’s historic selfie at the Academy Awards?  I guess where it came
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Father’s Day in Fort McMurray

Father’s Day in Fort McMurray

Ben was very earnest about Father’s Day, dashing out to the garage on Saturday to secretly work on the best gift ever, something that came out of his mind and on to the canvas.  He didn’t want to wait until Sunday so he proudly handed it over the evening before. He also shared with me
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Selfie with Elsie

Selfie with Elsie

I discovered the tag on the back wall of my wood shop a number of weeks ago, a spray painted mark, possibly part of the vast collection executed by one of two taggers that have made the news in Fort McMurray. “That’s been there a long time,” pointed out Ben, who frequents the back alley
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In the heat of the moment

In the heat of the moment

I have been reflecting on the nature of making decisions and forming opinions from a place of anger, resentment and assumption.  As human beings we are prone to making bad choices, climbing into the wrong pulpit, and facing off with people and organizations when we really should be hugging it out. A regional council meeting
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The allure of a fire truck never gets old

The allure of a fire truck never gets old

Last fall, Mr. and Mrs. Hartigan got the high bid on the Ultimate Fire Fighter Experience during the United Way Radio Auction. It took some time to align schedules, but yesterday was the day that Carter and Andrew, their sons, got picked up at their school, rode in a fire truck to Dairy Queen where
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Life at 47

Life at 47

You know you’re getting up their in years when you have to do the math in your head to figure out how old you are.  Born in 1967, it’s 2014 now…..2014 minus 1967…..that makes me 47!  I honestly had to work out the numbers in my head before writing this post. What a difference a
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Building community…the United Way

Building community…the United Way

Over the last couple of months, there have been moments of uncertainty, mild panic, and self-doubt as I contemplated unemployment for the first time in almost 30 years.  In the end, I had one day between jobs (yesterday), though in reality I ended up working on some small contracts through Birdsong Connections, so in a
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Taming the jungle

Taming the jungle

Mister that lives next door to us is a hard-working oil sands guy, living here to work, and not much else.  He’s from the east coast, PEI I think, and a lovely fellow, but he has little interest in doing the work outside that requires doing: snow shovelling in the winter and grass trimming in
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