SURPRISE NorthWord

SURPRISE NorthWord

Erin Stinson is the artist behind the Surprise! cover image I was thrilled to have edited the Surprise! edition of NorthWord and honoured to have shared some thoughts about the process during the launch event last night.  Sitting on a stool chatting with Will Gibson, the editor of the next edition, was a lot of
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Painting Henry Ford

Painting Henry Ford

I was at TEDxFortMcMurray when I got a call from Robbie saying that he wanted me to paint Henry Ford for Marty and Dennine Giles. “This one needs to be a lot bigger than Leo,” he said.  “And I need it in a hurry.” “Text me the details,” I said.  “The next act is about
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The new centre of the universe

The new centre of the universe

I was the opposite of an early adopter of mobile technology.  I held off getting a personal cell phone until after I left my position at Keyano College.  Up to that point, I always had used a phone provided by the organization to do the work of the organization.  Flash forward a few years, and
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My Joy

My Joy

In days of yore I had a passing fancy for art. I have memories of rainy days while camping at Madge Lake and drawing for hours at a time at the table in our iconic camper bus (I say “iconic” because it still stills in the back of my parent’s yard and is a local
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Fort McMurray-Carnegie Hall connections

Fort McMurray-Carnegie Hall connections

I was excited to wake up this morning and see a post by composer Derek Charke that his composition inspired by a visit to the region in 2013 will be having its world premiere at Carnegie Hall on March 7th.  “Dear Creator, help us return to the centre of our hearts” will be performed by
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Painting Michael Green

Painting Michael Green

I intended to paint Michael Green the moment that the setting sun  caught his face while we were waiting to begin a banquet dinner at the Panorama Ranch near Calgary last fall.  We were both delegates, along with several hundred others, at The Gathering, a two-day conversation of nonprofit leaders from across Canada put on
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It’s a perfect day

It’s a perfect day

“It’s a perfect day,” I said to my wife. She looked at me strangely and asked: “In what way do you mean?” “With my eating,” I said. A song from Ron Sexsmith kept rolling through my head, probably triggered by my early morning post about his new album, Carousel One coming out in a few
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How things have changed

How things have changed

How we watch television has completely changed, along with many other things in life, like how we buy music, or how we communicate with one another.  It struck me how remarkable it is that Heather and I are watching a Spanish television series through this wonderful thing called Netflix that gets delivered to our flat
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Pioneering ideas at TEDxFortMcMurray

Pioneering ideas at TEDxFortMcMurray

Next Saturday (Feb. 21, 2015) is the third iteration of TEDxFortMcMurray, the locally produced event where a select group of people each give the talk of their life.  I was a part of the first group of presenters in 2012 and loved the experience.  Watching the second group was equally inspiring.  This third collection of
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Cabaret packs a punch

Cabaret packs a punch

Money makes the world go around, the world go around, the world go around…  The music rolled through my head the moment I woke up after watching the opening night performance of Keyano Theatre Company’s production of Cabaret. Money makes the world go around, it makes the world go ’round. Director Paul Gélineau has crafted
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