Kamsack Times

Kamsack Times

If you’d have told me the drive was going to take 16 hours, I might have been less excited than I was to hit the road. But, after hours and hours of driving, time seemed to pass fluidly, effortlessly. We arrived in Kamsack at 9 pm, after leaving at 5 am from Fort McMurray. Since
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I have seen the future

I have seen the future

I drove by Starbucks a number of times yesterday, a beautiful sunny Friday, not too hot, not too cool.  And each time I drove by, including later in the evening, on my way home from the YMM ArtFest at Keyano College, there were animated groups of friends enjoying conversation and coffee on the patio.  I
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interPLAY #1

interPLAY #1

1988. Fort McMurray was still a city, being run at the time by Mayor Betty Collicot, now retired and living in Saskatchewan. The youth theatre program, which had thrived in the absence of drama being taught in the high schools, raising $20,000 – $30,000 annually to run a Summer Theatre Camp, was at the point
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Who created interPLAY?

Who created interPLAY?

I cringe each time I am referenced in the media as the creator of interPLAY.  I cringe for all those visionary men and women who were here in Fort McMurray in 1988 when the first conversations about the festival began happening, the fierce arts advocates who signed the incorporation documents and the hard-working leaders and
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Running for Council?

Running for Council?

Many people are getting asked the question: “Are you running for Council” in these lazy days of summer heading into a frenetic fall when election signs will pop up throughout Alberta. Yes, it will soon be municipal election season with decision day slated for October 21st. Those of us potentially seeking re-election are getting almost
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Search for Cosette

Search for Cosette

Keyano Theatre Company has revealed their interPLAY surprise: a contest to find a young lady between the ages of 6 and 12 to play the coveted role of young Cosette in the February production of Les Misérables.  The Search for Cosette is a radically new and participatory method of engaging potential young performers which is
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Losing Weight or Gaining Health

Losing Weight or Gaining Health

Do babies learn to walk or are they learning not to fall?  It’s a simple adjustment to the question, but makes a world of difference in understanding, from the perspective of the infant, what’s really going on and how the brain is processing the experience. My friend Vik Maraj, who I met at the Nexus
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It’s like riding a bicycle

It’s like riding a bicycle

Ben had tried learning to ride a bicycle two times before, when he was younger.  That bike, now far too small for his growing frame, is a distant memory.  He had expressed a willingness to give it another go and we agreed as a family to look at finding a used bike on Kijiji or
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Rose Coloured Glasses

Rose Coloured Glasses

At the end of someone’s life, you’re not likely to hear them say “I wish I’d spent more time at the office.”  In the same vein, you’re not going to hear someone say “I wish I had been less positive, optimistic, glass-is-half-full.” I’ve been reading a lot about passions and the power of positive thinking
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My interPLAY TOP 10 LIST

My interPLAY TOP 10 LIST

The roots of the interPLAY Festival are strongly theatrical.  The annual visual and performing arts celebration began as a festival for youth, revolving around a number of plays produced on stages in non-traditional spaces downtown, in the blocks surrounding Jubilee Centre.  By the time I got involved in 1996 (so many years ago!), festival organizers
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