The slow shift

The slow shift

One of the things that I do through Birdsong Connections is monitor and manage the social media presence of a number of different organizations.  Sitting at my computer, with an additional screen to widen my view, I am able to scan various information sources to get a sense of the many things that are going
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Freshii in the Fort

Freshii in the Fort

Let me start by saying this is not a paid endorsement.  I’m not receiving complimentary banana crunch smoothies or green wrapped burritos for saying some nice things about this eating establishment I discovered earlier today.  I just feel compelled to share a fantastic new option in downtown Fort McMurray. Just two days ago, I had
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The big think

The big think

We spent a full day talking about where the Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo Project goes next (We being the steering committee).  As our collective brains twisted and turned over a number of processes, facilitated by the talented Tanya Darisi from Waterloo, we had to remind ourselves to “trust the process” several times. “This is hard
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Understanding the West

Understanding the West

I have this strange pattern of only doing research about a place after we come back from it.  Whether it was Italy, Savannah, Mexico or Philadelphia, I got this thirst for information, particularly about the history of the place, at the end of the adventure.  Having had my feet on the ground in those places,
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Painting the Chiefs

Painting the Chiefs

Last fall, I attended a conference in Calgary where I did some photography, getting a number of great images of Aboriginal elders, including Chief Joseph from British Columbia.  I was trying to capture the spirit and energy of the event, but in the back of my mind I was also building up an inventory of
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Searching for my fix

Searching for my fix

I had it in my head to get back on the Ideal Protein program as soon as I got back from Arizona.  I wasn’t terrible over the  Christmas break and our southern adventures, but I certainly wasn’t diligent either.  I have felt an increasing desire to feel lighter for a couple of months now, and
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Reorientation Day

Reorientation Day

I got up at my regular time this morning, but realized I was exhausted and went back to bed for an extra 30 minutes.  We’d been on holidays since the 7th and made the long journey back yesterday.  I think it took more out of me than I realized. When I go on vacation, I
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Marvellous MIM

Marvellous MIM

We could have done any number of things on our one full day in Phoenix, but we decided to enlist our cab driver friend Enrique to take us to the far end of town to the Musical Instrument Museum, or MIM.  Something in the description caught my eye, which took me to their website. I’m
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By the time we got to Phoenix…

By the time we got to Phoenix…

I decided to take a route that would take us through uncharted territory, as we made our way from Sedona back to Phoenix.  Looking at the map, it seemed like going through West Sedona, over to Cottonwood, through Jerome and Prescott would be about the same distance as the way we came in.  Perhaps in
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Bonus day in Sedona

Bonus day in Sedona

It really felt like a bonus day, as everything we had wanted to do, we had done.  It would be a chance to relax, do whatever our hearts called us to do, and spend our final full day together before leaving for Phoenix.  Heather will be accompanying us there today, then driving back to Sedona
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