Things I’ve Learned I LOVE

Things I’ve Learned I LOVE

Going on vacation trips provides reminders, clues, markers of desires and dreams – things that grab our attention, move our soul, inspire a visceral positive reaction. This trip, along with the two others that we’ve made to this neck of the woods, to this branch of the family, has been a delight, a dance with
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Losing My Cool – the follow-up

Losing My Cool – the follow-up

I recently wrote a piece about losing my temper with the owner of a high performance vehicle in our neighbourhood.  Much to my surprise, the article ended up having hundreds of readers.   As I had promised to do a follow-up article based on my discussions with authorities the following day, I have just received
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Retreat of Perfection

Retreat of Perfection

I am sitting in wondrous silence, starring out the window at a beautiful orchard that slopes down to a pond surrounded by an abundant forest.  It’s an overcast day in this country oasis home of my cousin Marcel and his beautiful wife Kathy, due north of Guelph and just a few kilometres east of Fergus.
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The real GOLD of interPLAY

The real GOLD of interPLAY

“I spent 12 hours at interPLAY,” said Dylan as we drove home last night.  He had come with me at the beginning of the day and just stayed, seeing multiple shows, enjoying festival food and visiting with folks.  As I thought about things, it became clear to me that few events are structured in such
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Get off your couch

Get off your couch

So many people who read this blog will finish their work day and settle into their overstuffed easy chair in their fully decked out multi-media room in the basement, turn on their favourite television show or movie, and quite possibly never experience a single moment of Fort McMurray’s signature summer celebration, interPLAY.  Despite the fact
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Community Engagement for the Z Generation

Community Engagement for the Z Generation

I took Dylan and Ben to the community engagement session last night, the one regarding the revised plans for the Waterfront Program, specifically focused on the Snye and Snye Park, and Jubilee Plaza. To be honest, Ben found it a little overwhelming as groups of people were huddled around various flat screens with members of
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Losing my cool

Losing my cool

It is rare when I lose my cool, and I hate it when it happens. I blew my stack yesterday evening after our 12-hour drive home from Calgary. And while I regret it, I’m still at a loss as to what our rights are when it comes to vehicular noise pollution and dangerous driving in
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Fishing the Bow

Fishing the Bow

I was baked by the time we got back to the house after six and a half hours on the Bow River. Michael (Heather’s brother) and I had booked a float fly fishing trip as part of our annual reunion with the Wagner side of the family. All exposed parts were red, the bright and
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Roller Coaster at Calaway

Roller Coaster at Calaway

In all my years of living in Alberta, I had never been to Calaway Park. Pulling into that large parking lot, rows clearly identified by large numbers posted on the light standards, I felt like Chevy Chase and company arriving at Wally World.  “What’s Wally World?” asked Heather, never having seen National Lampoon’s Vacation from
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Premier’s Council on Culture

Premier’s Council on Culture

I was sitting around the dinner table at my brother’s place in Kamsack, Saskatchewan when I got the email containing the phone message from Heather Klimchuk, Alberta’s Minister of Culture, letting me know that I’d been appointed to the Premier’s Council on Culture. Being surrounded by my mom and dad, two brothers and their families,
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