The ThingsThat Drive Me Crazy

The ThingsThat Drive Me Crazy

Kplunk.  The distinct sound of a beverage container hitting the dirt just to my left, adjacent to a vehicle that had been providing a dull thrum for the half hour previous as I sat in my chair patiently watching the tip of my fishing rod, waiting for a nibble. I turned my head and saw
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A Tale of Two Sickies

A Tale of Two Sickies

I began feeling something not quite right in the pit of my stomach on Sunday. A fever started to come on and by 9 pm I was heading off to bed, hoping that it would pass in time to head back to work on Monday. It was my regular time when I got up and
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Canada Day Rocks

Canada Day Rocks

I think it was more interesting that the rain was pelting down for the Canada Day parade.  Sure, a bright sunny morning probably would have attracted more people, but there was something profoundly inspiring waving to families huddled under much-too-small umbrellas for the purpose.  They were full of smiles, intent on manifesting their belief in,
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The painted sky

The painted sky

The clouds were brilliant, the sky deep blue, the air still.  If there were such a declaration, yesterday would have been exalted as a Sunny Saturday, inspiring a bumper to bumper exodus from town to the beach.  As it was, without any formal notification, almost every parking spot was taken by the time we pulled
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Delivering the goods

Delivering the goods

I eagerly anticipated coming home from work on Wednesday as I knew both Dylan and Ben were receiving some awards at the year-end assembly. Unfortunately, I was stuck in meetings all day and couldn’t easily extricate myself. It turns out that Ben was recognized for perfect attendance in the term, as was Dylan. In my
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Chasing sunsets

Chasing sunsets

The sky started to turn colour, brilliant shades of purple, pink and orange hanging on the southern horizon.  Election results finalized – Colleen Tatum and Christine Burton joining us on Council – I jumped outside, iPhone in hand, to see if there was a good picture in front of me.  There wasn’t. I went back
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Decision Day

Decision Day

For 14 candidates in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo by-election, this is a day that couldn’t come soon enough.  Many of them are wrung out, after attending every public event they could find, going door to door, and managing their inventory of signs. Decisions had to be made along the way:  to robocall or
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HNIC’s Play On!

HNIC’s Play On!

We were up in the media centre – a scaffold structure facing Rink #3 at the HNIC’s Play On! 4 on 4 street hockey event at MacDonald Island – the gathered celebrities tagged to play against each other, black shirts vs. red, at high noon. Steve Jani, Hayley Wickenheiser and Huskies Hockey coach Paul Strand
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Success

Success

(An attempted capture of a speech delivered on June 22, 2012 at the McMurray Gospel Assembly to high school graduates from THE EXPERIENCE program) I’m so pleased to be here, especially with my son Ben, as the last time he saw me in a church it was for my grandfather’s funeral.  He was 99 when
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Revealing power of a great question

Revealing power of a great question

There are a couple of great resources that should help you decide who to vote for in Monday’s municipal by-election.  The Chamber  does a great job of giving you some insight into the candidates through their Talking Stick questions and answers, and their video interviews.  There is a comprehensive collection of questions and answers in
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