Voice from above

Voice from above

The front door was open, though the hallways were dark with only emergency lights making it possible to see where I was going. I was there for a meeting on a cold, blistery evening, expecting at least someone to be around. All of a sudden I heard what I thought were voices, near, but lacking
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In praise of the bath

In praise of the bath

I’ve just endured 48 hours of not being able to have a bath. “You can’t have a shower or go in the pool,” they said after hooking me up to a Holter monitor on Friday, five sensors stuck on various spots on my chest connected by a rat’s nest of wires to a battery powered
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Political Season

Political Season

When I was in second year of university I got it into my head to produce William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I was the coordinator of a small theatre company called Newman Players at St. Thomas More College on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon. Being a bold and brash wunderkind (in my own mind), in
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The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory

I didn’t give The Big Bang Theory a second glance when Dylan and Ben would watch it from time to time.  I’d look at the TV for a moment or two and quickly discount it as one of those teen shows, another Zack and Cody thing.  Maybe I had a small sense that it was
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Who is telling our Arts and Culture story?

Who is telling our Arts and Culture story?

If you were to use this week’s coverage in the Fort McMurray Today as a snapshot of life in our northern town, you might get the impression that there is nothing going on with respect to arts and culture.  Let me say, that this is not a rant pointed in the direction of our local
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The Untold History of the Athabaska Oil Sands

The Untold History of the Athabaska Oil Sands

A book has recently been released called Local Push – Global Pull: The Untold History of the Athabaska Oil Sands by Joyce e. Hunt.  Joyce and I have never met, but we’ve been communicating  over the past many months as she neared the end of the long road to get this incredible book published, capturing
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I love books

I love books

About ten years ago, all my brothers and sisters with their kids in tow converged at Mom and Dad’s place for a family celebration.  There wasn’t enough room in the inn for all of us, so Mom rented a cabin at nearby Madge Lake from a family that wasn’t using it at the time.  Most
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Reflections on 2011

Reflections on 2011

What better topic can there be on New Year’s Eve than looking back on the year about to drift away into the history books?  I feel fortunate because I have a great timeline of events, ideas, stories and images contained right here in the Middle Age Bulge blog. Started two years ago as a weight
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Artist at heart

Artist at heart

If there is one thing that this Christmas holiday has reminded me of, it is that I am an artist at heart.  I am so far removed from your quintessential Canadian male who watches bowl games till they atrophy, drinking beer, yelling, and crying like a petulant baby when their team falls to defeat.  Don’t
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Portrait of Hitchens as a dying man

Portrait of Hitchens as a dying man

One of the great writers left us last week – Christopher Hitchens.  A regular columnist with Vanity Fair, Hitch lived out his final chapter and finally succumbed to esophageal cancer after 18 grueling months. A man of words, often irascible, commonly curmudgeonly, he was as revered as he was reviled. Neil Wagner My father-in-law gave Ben
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