The Yalies are rising

The Yalies are rising

Yalie (yālē):1. a student or graduate of Yale University— My assumption of Yale MBA students was that they would come across as elite business types, possibly unaccessible, and overflowing with lofty visions of professional grandeur. Wow! Was I wrong. Over the last few days, I was working with a group of four Yalies: Bukky, Sam,
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Walking tour of Yale

Walking tour of Yale

We were given a walking tour of the Yale campus by Rod, an undergrad doing a double major in something or other, originally from Guatemala.  The storied bastion of higher learning is located in New Haven, Connecticut, a community equally known for its violent crimes as it is for being home to the Ivy League
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Conversation in the cheap seats

Conversation in the cheap seats

When I first tried to book my trip to New York, through conventional means – that is, through Air Canada or Westjet – the price was getting perilously close to $2,000.  Instead, I took the advice of my Facebook friends (and my wife) and used one of those online discount purchase options, which brought the
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Why?

Why?

On the day after they arrested one of the fellows responsible for the massive amount of tagging going on in Fort McMurray – over 150 tags have allegedly been attributed to him – I’m wondering about the motivation.  Why? The standard bust shot in the Fort McMurray Today shows a table with spray cans, drawings,
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Confessions of an addicted blogger

Confessions of an addicted blogger

As I look back over 900 posts written since I started this writing journey back in late 2009, there is so much to learn.  Here are a few observations that might be of interest. THE NAME Why in the name of God’s green acre do I call it Middle Age Bulge?  Well, initially this was
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New Haven bound

New Haven bound

I’m a little anxious and a lot excited as I travel to New Haven, Connecticut this week with the Nexus North Fellows.  The reason I am nervous is that I’m exploring uncharted territory, flying to La Guardia, going over to Grand Central Station and catching a commuter train north, all new experiences.  My brain is
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Maybe this is as good as it gets

Maybe this is as good as it gets

“Maybe this is as good as it gets,” said someone-who-shall-not-be-named about our community. It’s a sobering thought, and a powerful question. “I could live with that,” he said.  “It ain’t that bad.” We were standing in the Suncor Community Leisure Centre at MacDonald Island Park when he said it, surrounded by good people, out on
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Good vibrations

Good vibrations

I have had a constant knot in my stomach in recent days, caused in no small measure by tempestuous political vibrations (at all levels of government), a long winter (we are back into the minuses this morning), and various other things going on in my professional and personal life. With that context in mind, I
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Hypnotic night of theatre

Hypnotic night of theatre

I knew, based on the brief descriptions I had read about the shows, that we were in for an intense night of theatre as Westwood began its One Act Play Festival last night.  But I never would have guessed that one of the works would have a hypnotic effect that finds me still thinking about
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Healing Halls Art Program

Healing Halls Art Program

The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre is a little brighter this morning after yesterday’s unveiling of the Healing Halls Art Program.  Engaging local artists to show and sell their work, the rotating exhibit is located in the corridor that runs parallel to the main lobby.  All of a sudden, patients and staff will have beautiful
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