So long, and thanks for the oysters

So long, and thanks for the oysters

“You must be really hungry,” said Heather as we arrived home from the Keyano College Foundation Gala.  My stomach was a little growly, so I grabbed a few pieces of leftover pizza and settled in to relax on the sofa after Fort McMurray’s premier social event. “How is the food?” asked one of the chefs
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On servant leadership

On servant leadership

The term “servant leadership” apparently first appeared in an essay written in 1970 by Robert Greenleaf.  He posited that this new theory of modern leadership “begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.” By my recollection, I wasn’t very interested in serving anyone but myself when I was a teenager
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We Need To Cook!

We Need To Cook!

I’m a big fan of TheBoucherC (Clinton Boucher).  Here is a young video artist from Fort McKay who has developed a large following – over 700 subscribers – and produced 150 videos.  He asked me to write a post about his latest effort, We Need to Cook (Breaking Bad Parody).  I am happy to oblige.
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The Halloween Marker

The Halloween Marker

“This was the first time in 10 years that I didn’t go out trick or treating,” said Heather last night. “And how do you feel about that?” I asked. “It feels great!” I’m guessing that most families have their traditions when it comes to special days like Halloween.  In our family, Heather has generally gone
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Are you an artist?

Are you an artist?

“Are you an artist?” asked the interviewer during a phone conversation yesterday afternoon. I found myself tripping over my tongue, formulating a response on the spot, but stumbling over my words (and thoughts) trying to do so.  It is a question that has caused me consternation for much of my adult life. The term “artist”
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Let the swearing begin

Let the swearing begin

“You must be going through a range of emotions being here tonight?” someone asked me last night at the swearing-in ceremony for Mayor and Council.  To be honest, I thought there might have been some whispers of sadness and regret that I wasn’t on the stage, but as it turned out, there wasn’t.  Rather, I
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New Council

New Council

As soon as the new regional council gets sworn-in this evening during a special ceremony at MacDonald Island, I will end my time as “Councillor”.  For all intents and purposes, that time ended when the final votes were counted one week ago, but the term officially ends today. I will be attending the swearing-in ceremony
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The CREATE Place

The CREATE Place

I keep circling back to this idea of a creative meeting place, a clubhouse if you will for people who enjoy collaborating, imagining, and colliding.  Right now, there is no such place, rather an unpredictable collection of events and venues that bring people together. The CREATE Place is slowly forming in my mind, a grassroots
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COVER uncovered

COVER uncovered

I’m an incredibly squeamish human being.  The sight of blood, a stitched up wound, or most kinds of on-screen horror make me physically turn away.  This abhorrence to all things gore goes back to my childhood when I accidentally watched a late night movie with some kind of terrible monster in it. At that time,
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Councillor Thomas to Citizen Thomas

Councillor Thomas to Citizen Thomas

As soon as the new council gets sworn in, I will go from being Councillor Thomas to Citizen Thomas.  And while that organizational transition has already begun, it will be official when Judge Jacques swears them in on Monday. I have always been a communicator, a person who enjoys sharing information, good news and the
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