Doing everything right, for all the right reasons

Doing everything right, for all the right reasons

I am a big fan of Gordan Ponak.  He is musician who got something in his heart and decided to run with it.  At some event he attended he became exposed to the truth about the pervasiveness of human trafficking and decided to use his gifts to help build awareness of it here at home.
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Documenting Community

Documenting Community

A number of academics and journalists have come into Fort McMurray espousing a desire to capture the human element of this community.  Collectively, they have been searching for the counter narrative, the one that you and I know and understand deeply.  How Fort McMurray and life in the oil sands region is understood beyond our
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Social Media Matters

Social Media Matters

In about an hour, I will head down to Keyano College to set up for a workshop called Social Media Matters.  The structure is based on a similar session I gave last spring, but even as I type, I’m adapting what we’re going to do.  I tend to be a last-minute-guy when it comes to
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The Encouragers

The Encouragers

I was working away on a painting on the weekend when I had a commission enquiry from down in Vauxhall. “How did you run into my paintings?” I asked, wondering how someone from so far away would have seen my stuff. “Matt Youens posted the Leonard Nimoy, and I absolutely loved it,” she wrote.  “And
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Culling connections

Culling connections

I had a moment of crystal clear resolve yesterday, that I would no longer abide people in my Facebook network who were being cruel, hateful and unnecessarily vitriolic.  It was one person who said some things that was the catalyst for me.  I sat down and wrote a post, similar to many others that I’m
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Russell at the bat

Russell at the bat

My memories of having played baseball are sketchy, little drips of recall connected to people, places and unforgettable sensations.  I can’t tell you when I played, exactly.  I suspect it was in my junior high school years, between grade 7 and 9, but there is no mental connection between the two things.  Baseball seems to
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Bye bye landline

Bye bye landline

As far back as I can remember, the home phone was an integral part of the landscape.  It was the connector to family, friends, things we needed to find out and everything that happened outside of a 50-foot radius out our front door.  The numbers I dialed as a kid still resonate: 2-2426, 2-3795, 2-2924
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An apology

An apology

I did something today that I rarely do:  I deleted a blog post.  If you are here looking for “The cost of play” you won’t find it, because it is gone. Like a few other times in my life, I used this platform to share my perspective on a topic that I am passionate about.
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Nomination Day Eve

Nomination Day Eve

Tomorrow, a hearty collection of courageous citizens will march down to Council Chambers and submit their paperwork for the upcoming municipal by-election.  Most will be expected – people who have already publicly declared their intentions – others may be last minute surprises, all will be a little anxious, hoping that their paperwork is in order
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Painting Leonard Nimoy

Painting Leonard Nimoy

I first saw that Leonard Nimoy had died on Facebook.  I instantly flipped over to the CNN and CBC websites to see if the news had landed there yet.  It had not.  This appeared to be just happening, with the news world likely scrambling to get information and verification.  I went over to Twitter where
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