The Green Beast ROCKS

The Green Beast ROCKS

Ben was the first person to register for the Green Beast challenge at Sustainival, the world’s first green carnival that occurred at MacDonald Island Park this Labour Day long weekend.  I had been volunteering behind the scenes with its marketing effort, and wanted to get a feel for the registration process and give Ben something
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Nomination Day

Nomination Day

Whew! Nomination day is THREE weeks away, not the TWO I had in my mind all week.  September 23rd is the day that everyone running for council or trustee needs to have their paperwork in.  That will be the day I will officially announce my intentions.  It’s a big decision, not one I take lightly.
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Les Misérables immersion

Les Misérables immersion

When Claude and Alan decided to leap into Les Mis-land earlier this year, the sum total of my knowledge of the show was a Susan Boyle video on YouTube, her first round performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” on Britain’s Got Talent.  You remember? Of course you do. Everybody watched that quixotic emergence of a
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Seeing is Believing Tour

Seeing is Believing Tour

I’m so grateful to my friend Trevor at the United Way for drawing to my attention to the fact that I had been invited to attend the “Seeing is Believing” tour with the United Way of Fort McMurray.  While I mostly went on vacation in August, the emails continued to pour in, and the opportunity
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Win’s wisdom – ImageStreaming

Win’s wisdom – ImageStreaming

I felt like I was in the presence of a creativity God at Mindcamp XI, sitting at a long table with about 20 other people all paying rapt attention to Win Wenger, Ph.D. sitting at the head, voice amplified thanks to a lapel microphone and accompanying speaker. Win, 75, is one of the acknowledged luminaries
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Magic of Mindcamp XI

Magic of Mindcamp XI

We have been at Mindcamp, Canada’s creativity conference, for a couple of days now.  Set at YMCA Geneva Park northwest of Orillia along the shores of Lake Couchiching, the annual gathering (this is Year 11) of creativity people from around the globe has proven to be an outstanding family experience. I had attended for the
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In their shoes

In their shoes

I grew up in the latter half of the cold war.  Tensions between the US and USSR were elevated (to say the least) up until my years in high school were coming to an end in the mid 1980’s.  I worried a lot about global thermonuclear war (yes, I watched War Games more than once),
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The allure of Les Mis

The allure of Les Mis

I woke up in the middle of the night. Wide awake, I knew right away that I had to get up, drink a glass of water and munch on something.  That would be my only hope of drifting back into the abyss of sleep. Staying in a house full of teenagers and limited bandwidth, effectively
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Election readiness

Election readiness

Nomination day is looming.  In just over a month – September 23 – those who are running in the municipal election will declare their intentions.  It has seemed eerily quiet to date, as only two candidates for council (Ault and Doleman) and Mayor Blake have made it widely known they are running. I enjoyed a
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Trenton Contrasts

Trenton Contrasts

We decided to dart off the 401 to trade relentless traffic for the myriad lights and lighter fare offered up by Highway 2, the original east-west connector in southern Ontario.  One community bled into another, then another and another: Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Port Hope, and Cobourg – some names familiar from distant episodes of
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