Meeting Dame Judy

Meeting Dame Judy

There are times when you meet famous people that it merely produces a ripple in your life – a close encounter, a surprising bumping of shoulders in a mall, or a friendly hello at an autograph signing.  I’ve had a few of these over the years, ranging from bringing actor Dennis Quaid his breakfast to
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Farnsworth Chronicles, 13

Farnsworth Chronicles, 13

Behind the scenes, the production has been dubbed “Farnsworth, the Musical”.  Musical productions, by their very nature are incredibly complex, with myriad technical elements having to come together with precise timing and intensity.  As we plunged into the first day of cue to cue in the crucible of Keyano Theatre for our production of Aaron
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Farnsworth Chronicles, 12

Farnsworth Chronicles, 12

As we’ve been working on The Farnsworth Invention in the rehearsal hall, with the outline of the set taped out on the floor, Keyano Theatre Company crew members have been hard at work on deck (and above deck) getting everything ready for our first time on-stage which happened last night.  The technical director (TD, Nick
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Future Voters

Future Voters

Councillor Phil Meagher and I spent an hour with several grade six classes at Dr. Clark School yesterday fielding questions about local government.  These young people, maybe 30 in total, were interested in a broad range of things, from how much we got paid to what was the hardest decision we ever had to make.
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Farnsworth Chronicles, 11

Farnsworth Chronicles, 11

We slammed through the play this afternoon, using a sparse collection of chairs, makeshift tables, and a whole bunch of scrap paper for the stock market scene that begins act two.  Many of the actual furniture pieces were being painted by set designer Jennifer Goodman, recently arrived from Stratford, Ontario where she works as a
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Return to Ideal

Return to Ideal

Since we returned from Mexico back in February, I’ve seen a slow, incremental increase in my weight.  I wasn’t concerned as I was still hovering around the 180 mark, a comfortable spot to be as it allows just the right amount of body fat to keep my hands from feeling frigid.  That said, I think
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Farnsworth Chronicles, 10

Farnsworth Chronicles, 10

We open The Farnsworth Invention in two weeks.  Yikes!  I can’t believe it’s almost here.  Returning to rehearsals after a long Easter break, the rehearsal hall runneth over with props, furniture and racks of 1920s-era suits, overcoats and hats. Playing around during a rehearsal break I have my particular spot – “the old man chair”
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Springtime in Saskatchewan

Springtime in Saskatchewan

We had dodged a bullet, completely missing the spring snowstorm that slammed into the Capital region of Alberta.  Our long drive, scheduled for the following day, meandered around the affected areas giving us more than pleasant conditions.  As a family, it was our first attempt at making the 1,200 kilometre journey from Fort McMurray, Alberta
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Farnsworth Chronicles, 9

Farnsworth Chronicles, 9

As we wait to get slammed with a spring snowstorm, clouds looming in the sky ready to release their treasures, my coffee cup is full and I’m ready to dive into the 9th episode of the Farnsworth Chronicles.  I hope you’re enjoying reading along and finding out what it’s like behind the scenes of a
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Farnsworth Chronicles, 8

Farnsworth Chronicles, 8

As soon as the TEDx event was over, I began to feel the cold descend into my throat.  In the hours before my presentation, I felt it tapping on my shoulder, letting me know it was patiently waiting for me to be done with my stuff.  I got through the following day and well into
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