Stories are the stem

Stories are the stem

The world stopped for a few moments earlier this week as white smoke billowed from the chimney at St. Peter’s in Rome indicating that the cardinals had successfully elected a new pope.  Word spread across the globe at the speed of Twitter, which is virtually in an instant.  Hundreds of thousands packed into St. Peter’s
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Digital clutter

Digital clutter

One of the things I do to improve myself is listening to interviews about a variety of topics related to being a happy, successful, well-balanced person.  The interviews come on an audio CD with SUCCESS Magazine, which sit in my 5-deck CD player in the car, ready to listen to – often many times over
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Done!

Done!

“Done!” declared Phil Meagher, after completing the leg of his Ski For Hope that he was unable to do on February 24th when he had to be airlifted to hospital for what turned out to be a case of pneumonia. He pushed off from Shell Landing, roughly 60 kilometres from town, early in the morning
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Left For Dead

Left For Dead

“You had a call from some filmmaker,” said Heather.  “He wants you to call him back.” Michael Mankowski had sent an email earlier that day, wanting to get together to talk about their film Left for Dead: The Legend of Wild Bill.  I first heard about the project from Mike’s dad at a banquet that
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Financial picture

Financial picture

My financial picture was easy to understand back in the day when my only exposure to finance was through the financing I had to do to buy a car, furniture and all those things you require when you’re starting out.  As someone with no credit rating and a job that paid $1,000 per month, I
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Nationals bound

Nationals bound

I was standing in line at Sunshine Cafe by Mitchell’s, waiting to pay for my granola and nut snack that would sustain me through the gold medal game about to start between the Keyano College Huskies and the Red Deer College Kings, when I struck up a conversation with a couple of players from the
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True grit, pure excitement

True grit, pure excitement

I’m not much of a sports fan.  I couldn’t begin to tell you who won the last Stanley Cup, Grey Cup or Super Bowl for that matter, even though it just happened a few weeks ago.  Yes, I get transfixed by the odd Saskatchewan Roughrider game and if the Montreal Canadians land in the playoffs,
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Integrity rules

Integrity rules

My Uncle Joe gave me some great advice as I pondered throwing my hat into the ring for municipal council in 2010:  stay true to your word; if you say you’re going to do something, do it. If you screw up, own it.  Integrity is everything. I’m a big fan of integrity.  I see it
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Meagher recovering at home

Meagher recovering at home

For immediate releaseFebruary 24, 2013, 8 pm Meagher recovering at home Phil Meagher is resting comfortably at home diagnosed by his doctor with a case of pneumonia.  “I ended up doing 220 kilometres,” said Meagher.  “That’s the longest I’ve ever skied.” He began having a very difficult time breathing earlier this afternoon and had to
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Ski For Hope Update #2

Ski For Hope Update #2

For immediate releaseFebruary 24, 2013 Meagher’s iconic sense of humour intact “One small glide for Fort Chip, one giant ski for the Centre of Hope,” said Phil Meagher within the last hour. His sense of humour intact, getting the medical attention he needs, Phil is in excellent spirits despite being unable to complete the 280
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