Light bulb!

Light bulb!

I’ve spent my week off at home working.  I know for some that wouldn’t sound like much of a holiday, but for a guy who spends most of his working life at a desk or in meetings, being able to build and paint some things and get my hands dirty was (and is) a treat.
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Embrace Limitations

Embrace Limitations

As the summer went along, the performance of my fishing reel seemed to be in rapid decline.  Admittedly, I’ve been less than diligent about taking care of my trusty companion, allowing it to fall onto the sandy shore of whatever piece of water I was fishing far too many times to count.  I could almost
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Home Holiday

Home Holiday

I am home alone for the next week.  Heather and Ben have taken Dylan down to the Bragg Creek area to attend the Take Action Academy, a seven-day leadership camp put on by the Me to We and Free the Children organizations.  While my older son goes through this incredible experience, my wife and younger
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Scope and Scale

Scope and Scale

I woke up this morning to a headline in the Fort McMurray Today that suggested that projected taxes that could be generated by tpipeline projects on the books to ship out our product could approach half a trillion dollars.  Incredible. When we talk to people about what’s happening in Fort McMurray and with oil sands,
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Precious Luxury

Precious Luxury

Tim Reid, MacDonald Island COO, shared with me that he loves getting up before everyone else on summer holidays with his family, sitting down at the table with a coffee and reading the newspaper. “There is something so special about being able to do this simple thing,” he said. He’s right. After a particularly tepid
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Fishing with Jerry

Fishing with Jerry

All week, Country 93.3 morning guy Jerry Neville was previewing the fact that I was taking him fishing on Saturday morning.  Our original plan was to meet at the confluence of the Snye and Clearwater at 6 am.  But after a scheduling issue popped up, he graciously asked if we could gather at the river
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Pay it Forward Friday

Pay it Forward Friday

A couple of weeks ago, I received two complimentary copies of the latest NorthWord magazine, a literary journal of Canada’s north.  As I already had a copy, including My Quotidian Mornings – a blog post about my morning writing and social media practice, I knew I would be passing them along to someone.  That’s when
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20 Things I LOVE About Fort McMurray

20 Things I LOVE About Fort McMurray

I was honoured to get an invitation to share some thoughts with Inside Education’s Canadian Oil Sands Education group on Tuesday morning – high school teachers from across this great country of ours who are spending several days on the ground here in Wood Buffalo to learn about our community and our oil sands resource.
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Mining the Memories

Mining the Memories

The familiar bright yellow marquee complete with flashing light bulbs and messages of fun you’ll find inside will soon go dark for good.  The Oil Sands Hotel, including the Oil Can Tavern, Diggers and Teasers is closing its doors on July 21, 2012 marking the end of one of Fort McMurray’s longest running businesses. Its
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July Heat

July Heat

We went to bed last night and the thermometer was showing 29 degrees.  Getting up this morning it had cooled to 27, a drop of two degrees overnight.  Sleep is fleeting as the body adjusts to temperatures that are unreasonably high. For the record – though I’m sure it is obvious – we don’t have
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