February’s can’t miss events

February’s can’t miss events

February.  It often seems like the most cold, forlorn, and depressing month.  Most of us are tiring of winter, and can’t wait for the wisps of spring to show themselves.  But February also contains some scintillating attractions that will help make it a little more palatable. TEDxFortMcMurray – February 21 An independently organized TED event,
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A time and a place for everything

A time and a place for everything

I don’t think I’m superstitious.  No, I don’t think that’s it.  But I am attuned to signals of when and where I need to do certain things.  By way of example: let’s say I am working on a writing project – several are in progress right now – I refuse to make myself write, just
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By-Election Set

By-Election Set

A municipal by-election is now officially set for March 30 to fill the seat left vacant by Guy Boutilier.  A machine is now in motion behind the scenes to organize this contest, with the taxpayer’s meter running.  Elections are an expensive business, but never more so when you’re trying to fill a single seat.  But,
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Struggling for ounces

Struggling for ounces

Each morning, I weigh myself, hoping that the previous day’s diligence dinged a few ounces off the sum total of my physical being.  Each morning, I keep seeing the same number: one day, two days, five days. I reflect on the day that has passed, doing a mental checklist of what I ate and drank,
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Painting Joey D

Painting Joey D

The outpouring of affection for Joey Delusong, or Joey D to many, was overwhelming yesterday.  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram lit up with images and memories, and a tremor of loss that could be felt through the strands of fibre-optic cables and WiFi signals that bind us together. I was asked by a friend to consider
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RIP Joey

RIP Joey

When a young person dies, it shreds through a community.  Shock settles in, deep sadness, and questions. I don’t know what happened to musician Joey Delusong, only that he has apparently left the stage suddenly.  Condolence messages are popping up all over Facebook this morning as the multitudes connected to this character wake up this
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The art of waking up

The art of waking up

I took a random survey at work yesterday. “How many people wake up to an alarm in the morning?” “You mean every morning, or just weekdays?” asked one person, seeking clarity on the question. “I mean on a regular work morning.” Every hand went up. I can’t imagine being jarred awake by a sharp sound.
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No run for me

No run for me

I could keep you guessing right up to the time municipal council formally calls a by-election and nominations close, but I’m not going to.  I’ve shared with Mayor Blake and a number of my former colleagues on council that I will not be running.  It’s a rather selfish choice, as I am so happy in
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Political winds a blowin’

Political winds a blowin’

I was driving out to Fort McKay yesterday on an extraordinarily beautiful day.  It was +3 in Fort McMurray and water was flowing on the Hangingstone River….in January!  I specifically said “on” the Hangingstone, because I’m pretty sure that underneath the runoff the ice was still intact.  The sun was brilliant as I drove up Highway
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What a difference a week makes

What a difference a week makes

I scrambled back onto the Ideal Protein program the moment we got back from our vacation, last Friday.  This morning marks 7 days, and much like the last two times, the amount of weight I’ve dropped is about the same. I’m being less fastidious about the numbers this time around, not doing weekly weigh-ins and
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