Too Nice!

Too Nice!

Politics has rushed back into the hearts of many in Wood Buffalo in the last 24 hours as our Member of Parliament Brian Jean has announced that he will be resigning his seat on January 17.  Speculation began immediately as to who might take his place and how soon a by-election would be held. I
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Twitter for Skeptics

Twitter for Skeptics

I’ve never met Don Power, though we’ve talked on the phone several times.  We were virtually introduced to each other by a former colleague who recognized that we had a few things in common, especially an interest in, and a passion for, social media.  His book, Twitter for Skeptics arrived in my mailbox yesterday and
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To the Barricades, Vol. 6

To the Barricades, Vol. 6

Les Misérables the musical, was written based on Les Misérables the novel by Victor Hugo.  It is a truncation of a book that is both epic in scope and deep in terms of story and character development.  It’s also an intimidatingly large tome that goes on forever. “Each character is introduced by themselves – a novel within
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Travel chaos

Travel chaos

From several conversations with residents from the Chicago area staying at our resort, I was somewhat aware of the winter weather that was causing havoc in much of the United States. But, at no point did I think it was going to affect our travels from Cancun up to Denver, then on to Fort McMurray.
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Online abstinence

Online abstinence

I survived.  As pledged, I went a full 7 days – seven and a half days if we’re actually counting – of not going online, not reading or sending emails, not posting or looking at social media.  Here’s the real kicker: it didn’t hurt at all. There was a moment at the resort, as Dylan
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Bound and determined to go to Afghanistan

Bound and determined to go to Afghanistan

Mohammad Dogar, a local businessman and new Canadian, is at that point in his life where he is focused on service to his community. A veteran of the Pakistan Army – he served over 20 years, finishing his career as a Major in the infantry – he is on a quest to go to Afghanistan.
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Jumping off the grid

Jumping off the grid

Perhaps as a social experiment, more likely as personal therapy, I have made a decision to drop off the grid for a week.  And while I have vague memories of saying I’d be off the grid a couple of times previous, I truly wasn’t.  Inevitably I found a WiFi signal, paid for roaming service, or
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In the creative groove

In the creative groove

I can’t explain why I’ve been painting so much lately, except that waves of creative instincts have been crashing into me and instead of fighting against them, I go for a little ride. There was no forethought about painting my father on Christmas Eve.  Winston Churchill was done and I had time on my hands
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Creatures of tradition

Creatures of tradition

I finished up the most important business of Christmas yesterday and I finally feel that all is right with the world – finding the right presents that will get stuffed into the stockings after the boys go to bed later tonight. The stockings, which hang above the fireplace, were knitted by my mom years ago,
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Painting Mr. Churchill

Painting Mr. Churchill

It had been a number of days since I had picked up the brush.  I knew Sunday (yesterday) would be a painting day, but I had no idea what my subject would be. Winston Churchill popped into my head first thing in the morning. I did a quick Google search for photo portraits.  The one
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