Think BIG

Think BIG

“The only mistake we could possibly make is to think too small,” said Councillor Allan Vinni in his closing remarks about the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan. As we went around the proverbial horseshoe in council chambers, it became clear that this landmark plan for transforming our downtown into a global of for urban living
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Breathe

Breathe

“Breathe,” Heather typed using BlackBerry (free advertisement for our floundering friends at RIM) Messenger from her hotel room in Mexico. I had shared with her that I was feeling rather stressed (and mildly overwhelmed) after a particularly challenging day.  I told her that I had put on some soothing classical music (Andre Gagnon – Piano
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Melaque Adventures, Part 9, 10 Lessons Learned

Melaque Adventures, Part 9, 10 Lessons Learned

It’s always fun to try to pull out a few lessons learned from an extended stay in a place. While sitting over a warm plate of food at Roosters this morning I started reflecting on few pieces of wisdom acquired during our 7 days in Melaque. 1. It rains in Mexico – This may be
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Melaque Adventures, Part 8, Monsoon Rain

Melaque Adventures, Part 8, Monsoon Rain

The rain has been pelting down throughout the night, doing its level best to drown out the sound of the waves. Its timing could not have been better as we pack up this morning, head to Manzanillo this afternoon, and fly into Edmonton shortly after midnight. This weather is perfect for us, but I can’t
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Melaque Adventures, Part 7, Jungle Fires Burning

Melaque Adventures, Part 7, Jungle Fires Burning

Two plumes of smoke on the hill on the eastern side of Bahia de Navidad quickly became four, five and six. As I was sitting there feeling premonitious about what lies ahead this spring and summer in Alberta, locals were shrugging their shoulders as if to say “whatever”. Eventually the fires subsided and overnight we
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Melaque Adventures, Part 6, Lagoon and Market Day

Melaque Adventures, Part 6, Lagoon and Market Day

I followed the path taken each morning by Heather to her yoga retreat location, down Hidalgo all the way to the water fountain, probably four kilometres from our hotel. Passing from Melaque through San Patricio and finally into Obregon, cobblestone streets give way to dirt roads, lined with simple Mexican dwellings where chickens and roosters
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Melaque Adventures, Part 5, Wandering

Melaque Adventures, Part 5, Wandering

Melaque has reminded me how much I enjoy wandering, without point or purpose. It has worked out well that the boys enjoy some inside “screen” time after a few hours of playing in the waves. For Dylan, it is a point of necessity as his legs get real tired trying stand up in water both
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Melaque Adventures, Part 4, Learn a lot about life

Melaque Adventures, Part 4, Learn a lot about life

Each trip we take it seems that there is one lasting beach image that remains long after the trip has been marked down in the annals of our family’s history. Last year, it was “Iguana Man” that stood the test of time, an older European gentleman who stood facing the sun as it tracked across
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Melaque Adventures, Part 3, Dylan’s blasted cold

Melaque Adventures, Part 3, Dylan’s blasted cold

Dylan was suffering from a vicious cold in the days leading up to our trip south. He missed a day of school and was stuffed to the gills right up to the point we deplaned in Manzinillo. He’s feeling a lot better, but his friendly germs have transferred to Heather and I, and we both
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Melaque Adventures, Part 2, Beach Economy

Melaque Adventures, Part 2, Beach Economy

An old man of maybe 70 or 80 approached, pulling a small ice cream vending cart, the two wide front tires rolling haltingly over the sand, a third smaller wheel in the back trailed desperately behind. “Hola,” he said. “Hola,” I replied, shaking my head that I wouldn’t be buying any of his frosty treats
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