Feeling lucky

Feeling lucky

“I feel this is going to be our night,” I said to Ben as we went down the deeply gouged gravel road that leads to fisherman’s beach south of the water treatment plant alongside the Athabasca River. Fishing has been extraordinarily poor this season and of late, I have been catching more snags than anything
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Homegrown memories

Homegrown memories

I was so thrilled to see the return of the Suncor Energy Homegrown Talent Search to the 2013 edition of interPLAY.  Started in 2005, this programming addition solved a number of problems for us – I spent 15 years on the organizing committee of the event – and formed the foundation of some of the
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Facing The Green Beast

Facing The Green Beast

I was one of those parents standing around in the rain while my son and his friend went on the Sustainival rides at last fall’s Big Spirit Festival put on by Events Wood Buffalo along Morimoto Drive.  I knew that it was more than your average carnival as I had followed the lead-up to its
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Progress in the bulge battle

Progress in the bulge battle

When I couldn’t find my Ideal Protein program notes from two years ago, I took it as a sign I needed to battle the bulge on my own, with no help from protein shakes, supplements or otherwise.  I started last Wednesday and have successfully dropped 7.2 pounds. There are two psychological pulls at work here,
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When I’m Wrong

When I’m Wrong

A grand misstep, a foolish faux pas, a dumb decision, a moment of false bravado or brackish bombast – these are all character-buidling, soul-searching slices of life that I treasure.  The “Oh shoot!” moment is never pleasant, as my pulse races, face flushes and a pool of nervous sweat pools on the top of my
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Blues of the Bulge

Blues of the Bulge

I thought I had been making a strong effort at changing my eating ways the last couple of weeks, since Heather and I began our nightly walks.  I thought that my elimination of sweets, scotch and the odd sampling of deep-fried food would be enough to create steady progress to a healthier weight.  I thought
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Deconstructing Nexus North

Deconstructing Nexus North

What the hell is Nexus North and why should I care? Several people were asking themselves that question while watching the proceedings at last night’s regional council meeting, the last before our summer break.  It’s a fair question. Let me say right off the top, that there are few things that have me as excited
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Deluge on Demers

Deluge on Demers

Heather and I have begun a practice where we go walking every evening.  She has concurrently started an intention to try to get to bed a little earlier. So, last night, as a big black cloud approached from the west, and as it was already getting close to 9 pm, I suggested we attempt to
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Chess at Chez Dubé

Chess at Chez Dubé

The silence is deafening at a chess tournament, as I discovered yesterday at Chez Dubé, where the Alberta Women’s Championship and Fort McMurray Open were taking place.  Guests of the tournaments were actively chatting and unwinding on the main level of Fort McMurray’s iconic bed and breakfast, turned chess emporium, but down a flight of
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Secrets of the Klatch

Secrets of the Klatch

We’ve had a number of deep conversations about the arts and the work that lies ahead for Arts Council Wood Buffalo, including the most recent one last night at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts.  Our Coffee Klatches, gatherings for informal conversation, have proven to be a useful format to explore themes and
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