Christmas meanderings

Christmas meanderings

A former Fort McMurray (thanks @local_lux) shared a picture on Twitter of what the morning is like in Niagara, Ontario today: sunny with a few clouds and a balmy plus one.  We are quite the opposite in Wood Buffalo as the “feels like” number edges closer and closer to -40.  For me, the magic and miracle
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The Newsroom

The Newsroom

The last time Claude was in town he couldn’t stop talking about HBO’s The Newsroom, the latest creation of award winning screen writer Aaron Sorkin. “You have to watch this,” he said, playing what I later discovered to be the opening scene of the pilot when news anchor Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels, responds to
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Engaging Conklin

Engaging Conklin

Several of us – Mayor Blake, Councillors Tatum and Burton, and MLA Don Scott – hopped on to one of those 21-passenger buses yesterday afternoon, headed south, then east, stopped in Anzac to pick up Ward 4 Councillor Stroud, and carried on to the small community of Conklin.  We were going there under the guise
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Catching up with Christmas

Catching up with Christmas

I have this one reoccurring dream, among many, that involves an incredible sense of panic over having forgotten to get Christmas presents.  Usually, it is Christmas Eve and the stores are closed and I’m left feeling like a total turd. I’m not sure where this fear of not being ready comes from, but it is
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Journey to Hometown, Part 4

Journey to Hometown, Part 4

There was an unforgettable moment yesterday as the ensemble took our first stab at “Fix You”, a song by Coldplay, unfamiliar to many of us.  As Mackenzie and Jennifer sublimely brought it home with the final three lines, so haunting and powerful — Lights will guide you home | And ignite your bones | I will try to
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Christmas Card Rant

Christmas Card Rant

Every year there is a bump in revenue at Canada Post owing to the flurry of corporate Christmas cards that fly hither and thither in a desperate attempt to connect with all the important stakeholders right before the holidays.  I get the sense that there are protocols in place, likely within the administrative function of
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Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas

The days are flipping by much too quickly. By Monday we will be only a week away from Christmas. I am so not ready. I am ever grateful for my family’s patience as it has been go, go, go for what seems like months.  The evenings and weekends have been jam packed with special events,
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Changing the Climate

Changing the Climate

Under the banner of “Changing the Climate”, communicators and leaders from all sectors will converge at Keyano College on January 17th for the third annual Community Image Summit.  This incredibly important dialogue builds on the efforts of the Community Image Steering Committee that was struck in 2006 to address the imbalance in coverage we were
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Journey to Hometown, Part 3

Journey to Hometown, Part 3

I got a little giddy talking about Hometown the Musical! with my friend Jesse from the airport last week.  As I talked about the plot – of weaving story lines and a balanced mix of humour, music and authenticity together – my hands twisted, turned and swung about.  I talk with my hands a lot
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Journey to Hometown, Part 2

Journey to Hometown, Part 2

Haunting sentimentality filled the room as we went through “My Hometown” during our second singing rehearsal.  There was a fierce, unfiltered pride in our community that immersed itself in the words, the phrasing, the tenor of the notes.  A lump in my throat made itself known, as I had a real sense of how this
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