Because it’s there…

Because it’s there…

The Christmas season is particularly hard for those of us trying to be disciplined about our diets.  More chocolates, salted nuts, and assorted sugar-soaked goodies are lying around than at any other time of year.  The temptations to turn the other cheek are everywhere, taking my dietary stoicism and smashing it against the serving plate.
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Winter Walking

Winter Walking

There isn’t enough snow to justify pulling out the snowshoes, so we make our way to the other side of the river with only our boots.  Boxing Day has proven to be more winter-like than the previous day which felt a little on the too warm side.  A concerted breeze is blowing, especially out on
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From the TYPOS YOU WISH YOU COULD TAKE BACK file

From the TYPOS YOU WISH YOU COULD TAKE BACK file

I had the best of intentions when I sent a personal email invitation to hundreds of contacts to attend The Global Address with best-selling author and political pundit Ezra Levant. I took my time going through my entire digital Rolodex to pick out the folks in our region who might be interested in attending what promises
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Leadership

Leadership

On the growing list of Facebook questions that inspired tremendous response is the one from a few days ago: What is the LEADERSHIP QUALITY that you most ADMIRE? What I like about crowd-sourcing these universal questions is that the medium inspires gut-level answers.  People see the question, an answer pops into their head, and in
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Books that Influence

Books that Influence

A couple of days ago I asked a very simple question on Facebook: If you were to give a present to someone of the BUSINESS BOOK that MOST INFLUENCED you, what would it be? I ended up getting 10 very different responses and thought I would share them here.  It is quite likely that through
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Love Actually IS all around

Love Actually IS all around

My go to Christmas movie has become Love Actually (2003). In years past it might have been Scrooge (1951) with Alastair Sim or It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) with Jimmy Stewart, and certainly when I was a kid A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) was King. Not only do I enjoy movies that have myriad plot
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Young Choreographer Ball

Young Choreographer Ball

As Fort McMurray got slammed with its first significant snowfall of the season, dancers from across the community gathered at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts for the second annual Young Choreographer Ball. I emceed the inaugural edition of this showcase last year and had attended the dress rehearsal the night before, so
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Ideal Protein Update

Ideal Protein Update

One hundred days have passed since I began my Ideal Protein healthy eating journey with the assistance of the gang at BACK on TRACK with BARB.  I’ve been in Phase 4, or the maintenance phase for a full month and all is well.  Stepping on the scale this morning I was down to a new
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On the stage again

On the stage again

I found out this week that I’ll be playing the role of David Sarnoff in Keyano Theatre Company’s production of The Farnsworth Invention, written by Aaron Sorkin.  I’m terrified. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not scared of getting on stage and acting in front of a 600 people. That’s the easy part.  What I’m petrified
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The allure of Chicago and Shumka

The allure of Chicago and Shumka

The online portal of Keyano Box Office is going to be hopping tomorrow morning as tickets for two major shows go on sale: Chicago and Shumka at 50. Chicago, sponsored by TELUS, is a no-brainer, a scintillating musical that has been part of our culture for decades, but taken to a whole new level of
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