Big Hairy Audacious Goal

Big Hairy Audacious Goal

I need to capture a thought before I lose it.  Last night, trying to fall asleep, I had a personal revelation, a flash of insight about myself that took me all the way back to my university years in the mid-1980s. First things first. Let me rewind a bit. Our house is full of reading
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One Act Play Festival

One Act Play Festival

About 7 years ago, I was sitting on the Theatre Alberta board with a number of people who were very involved with the Alberta Drama Festival Association.  They were interested in having the provincial one act play festival up here in Fort McMurray and were wondering if we would be willing to make it happen.
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Never ending winter

Never ending winter

This is the third morning in a row when the windchill has been flirting with minus-30 degrees.  While it’s not usually nice enough to wear shorts at the end of March, the average temperature is definitely above zero and thoughts of river break have at least begun to form in our minds.  That is not
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Going deep

Going deep

We met this week with the technology guru at Composite High School regarding the desire to leverage adaptive technologies offered up by Google to help Dylan be even more successful with his academics.  It was quite an introductory session, which, among other things, opened my eyes up to a world of possibility of which I
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Up close and personal with Michael Mankowski

Up close and personal with Michael Mankowski

One of the great joys of my life has been to meet creative and passionate people who love what they do.  Michael Mankowski is a great example of someone who has found his sweet spot, and is injecting everything he has into reaching his goals. One-third of the creative team behind Donald Kee Films, along
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Easter break FUSION camp

Easter break FUSION camp

The way this winter is going, it’s hard to predict what is going to be happening outside when the Easter break hits April 14 – 17.  An article in Maclean’s, The Winter that ruined everything, does a brilliant job of putting the last five months into a historical context.  It was cold. It was nasty.
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Discrimination elimination

Discrimination elimination

choking stares gasps, resolute, pontificated guttural disgust chagrine, distrust, unclean habits born of generations and scorn sweeping waves washing, cleansing, resetting sunshine season fresh, resplendent, loved – – – – – – – – – – – I will be attending an award ceremony on Friday with the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo and their
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Walk and Talk

Walk and Talk

“You wanna go out for coffee?” I remember asking friends back in the latter years of high school in the mid-Eighties.  It felt so grown up to say it; it felt even more grown up to do it.  Back in those days, we had two spots in my hometown of Kamsack, Saskatchewan that we convened:
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Shatner explores the notion of CULTURE

Shatner explores the notion of CULTURE

“Mary had a little lamb,” began William Shatner, delivering a short talk on the nature of culture at Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre as part of its annual fundraiser, The Affair for the Arts. “Are words culture?” he asked. He gave a couple of examples from nature, including whales who communicate with each other through
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interPLAY Memories

interPLAY Memories

In respect of the challenge we have before us as a community regarding the viability of interPLAY, I asked people to share some of the moments and memories that stick out for them.  The response was amazing, heartfelt and, at times, surprising.  When we create a festival environment, it’s impossible to predict what is going
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