Corb Lund returns

Corb Lund returns

The last time Heather and I went on a date night to see Corb Lund it was during the winter version of the interPLAY Festival, in August 2004.  Temperatures that year hovered just about zero, prompting extraordinary sales of sweaters in the marketplace as patrons struggled to keep warm.  I vaguely remember seeing a snowflake
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Canada indeed ROCKS

Canada indeed ROCKS

One of my all-time favourite outdoor concert venues is being utilized for the upcoming YMM Canada Day celebrations.  Located on Hardin Street, the soccer field behind the Clearwater Education Centre – in days of yon, the Clearwater School – played host to the first iteration of SummersEnd a number of years ago.  The performance of
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Summer Camp

Summer Camp

In what feels like a wisp of memory, Dylan has gone from a tiny living being cradled in my palms, to  a young man heading off to camp with his classmates from Dr. Clark.  He is wrapping up nine years in this school, and I can’t imagine the things he must be feeling and thinking
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Weekend Re-charge

Weekend Re-charge

On a clear weekend, I can see forever.  The hours pass by, slowly and languidly, two days of bliss that just seem to stretch on and on.  I needed this weekend. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite things to do on a weekend that is truly mine and ours.
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Sandbagging – Fort McMurray Flood

Sandbagging – Fort McMurray Flood

I was about to settled into the bathtub when I saw the tweet calling for more volunteers for sandbagging at Keyano College.  I looked at the nice warm water; I looked at the tweet. I looked at the nice warm water; I looked at the tweet again.  I dropped my pants – the good jeans
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TEDx Fort McMurray – a WINNING formula

TEDx Fort McMurray – a WINNING formula

The gang of volunteers who put together TEDx Fort McMurray got it right.  They built on the success of their inaugural event in 2012 and stepped it up more than several notches in 2013.  I’ve written a couple of posts about the actual presentations, but haven’t said much about the event as whole, the process
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Coffee Klatch #1

Coffee Klatch #1

I’m not sure why the term “klatch” popped into my head as I started thinking of a community engagement strategy related to Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB).  Starting with a gathering characterized usually by informal conversation (Merriam-Webster), seemed like a good first step to answer the many questions that we know are out there, floating
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TEDxYMM, Acts 3 & 4

TEDxYMM, Acts 3 & 4

TEDx Fort McMurray was such a huge experience, that I had to break up the telling of what happened into two parts.  It seemed logical to use the lunch break as a natural dividing line. Amie Dawe, a municipal engineer working for the Regional Muncipality of Wood Buffalo, was first up in the afternoon, offering
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TEDxYMM, Acts 1 & 2

TEDxYMM, Acts 1 & 2

I’m sitting here drinking my coffee, looking at the drawings that flowed out of my pen through the 11 TEDx talks yesterday during the second iteration of this independently organized TED event, wondering where to begin. If I start at the very beginning, I end up in the stage left wing, watching Lucie Bause share
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Have skills, ready to work

Have skills, ready to work

This is Dale Bauld.  He was born with something called Landau-Kleffner syndrome, a rare childhood neurological disorder that involves difficulty in understanding or expressing verbal communication.  On May 18th, he crossed the stage at the college’s 47th annual Convocation to receive his parchment for completing his Environmental Technology Certificate program. His mother Maxine describes what
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