Return to the Battle of the Bulge

Return to the Battle of the Bulge

The origins of this blog go back to a shocking Boxing Day when I stepped on a weight scale and discovered to my dismay that I had hit almost hit 210 pounds.  After watching the movie Julie and Julia, which is about a fledgling blogger who decides to tackle every recipe in the Julia Childs
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Brad

Brad

The first time, he came to our door, clipboard in one hand and a list of addresses in the other, pitching some kind of security system, one of two kinds of door-to-door salespeople who still come around, the other being electricity distributors. A shorter fellow, he was wearing a white company branded golf shirt and
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CanadaROCKS

CanadaROCKS

I don’t know exactly what was happening behind the scenes, but when I saw the tweet that Simple Plan had moved up on the bill to the 9:30 pm slot originally earmarked for Mother Mother, I knew something had gone askance.  I found out later in the evening that the journey north from Milwaukee turned
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Last minute town

Last minute town

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that Fort McMurray is a last minute town, I’d be a very wealthy man.  While one can expect a decent walk-up for a concert, festival or major sporting event — your box office gold is found in getting out of the gate early, grabbing maximum
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Measure of a Meeting

Measure of a Meeting

The ultimate measure of a meeting is not what happens when it happens, but what happens when it’s over. I heard fellow blogger Ken Chapman utter a similar sentiment after our second iteration of the Community Image Summit.  How many people linger after adjournment?  What is the volume of conversation?  What extra connections are being
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Mapping it all out

Mapping it all out

There are a number of movies and television shows that feature a protagonist starring at a large bulletin board filled with myriad pieces of evidence, gang/mafia power structures, and the like. Heather and I just finished the first season of Homeland that featured one such collage created by lead character Carrie Matheson, played by Claire
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Full Moon Café at Campbell’s

Full Moon Café at Campbell’s

Many long years ago, we had an awesome spot at the east end of Franklin Avenue where the creative community converged.  Kaffe on King was legendary for its Thursday nights of live music, sharing of talents, and connecting with friends.  Andrea and her core team had to acquiesce to mounting costs, labour shortages and the
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Dear Creator

Dear Creator

I had lunch with composer Derek Charke on Thursday (June 20).  We had met the first time during Arts Council Wood Buffalo’s first Coffee Klatch the previous week when he shared details of the writing project he was doing in our region, preparing a new work for the Kronos Quartet. Kronos Quartet – photo by
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Listening to the wind

Listening to the wind

A friend of mine announced to his wife, and then the world, that he wouldn’t be seeking political office in an upcoming election.  Flying in the face of encouraging friends and colleagues, he paid attention to the messages his body was giving him, and made the decision to focus his energies and passions differently.  I
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#ABFloods – Perspective is everything

#ABFloods – Perspective is everything

When we look back on the floods of 2013, what happened in Wood Buffalo will probably be viewed as a prelude, a small sampling of what was to hit communities like Canmore, High River and Calgary just nine days later. The rapid rise of the Hangingstone River happened on June 10th and 11th, mobilizing a
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