The Commute

The Commute

I did a little crowd sourcing last night and asked my Facebook friends and Twitter followers what I should write about in my next blog.  It wasn’t that I was suffering from a case of writer’s block, I was just interested in what would pop out as subjects that would inspire readership.  I’m fast approaching
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The Contrarians

The Contrarians

They are the ones who always have something snarky to share on Twitter.  They are the first to poke holes in a good idea.  They love to stir the pot, ask the hard question, point out the negative.  They are THE CONTRARIANS, the yin to my yang.  They are essential, as night is to day,
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The Magic of Gala

The Magic of Gala

You could walk from one end of Gala to the other and back again, and completely not see dozens and dozens of people who the next day will insist they were there.  As one guest noted, “there is no other event like it.”  It is a far cry from your sit down shwanky shwank affair (did
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Ideal Protein, Week Ten

Ideal Protein, Week Ten

At times, the far reaches of my fingers are so cold I have to run a hot bath to coax them back to warmth.  Cold appendages seem to be the only down side of this weight loss, which, even after Phase 3, has leveled out at about 30 pounds. What does 30 pounds look like?
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Gala’s Anticipation

Gala’s Anticipation

There are an increasing number of black-tie celebrations in our growing northern community, but there is only one that is universally understood to be premiere event in town, and that is the Keyano College Foundation Gala.  It is tonight. As the light dim and we fall into early evening, the final buttons will be fastened,
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Meeting Kenny Shields

Meeting Kenny Shields

Sometimes you really have to work hard to find common ground, to establish that thread in a conversation with a stranger that provides some connectivity.  I knew that wasn’t going to be an issue with Kenny Shields, lead singer of the rock band Streetheart, in town for the Diamond Anniversary Gala in support of the
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My mornings

My mornings

I start waking up shortly after 5 a.m. By that time of the night I’m sleeping on my right side with a perfect view of my small clock radio and visual confirmation of the time.  I refuse to get up before 6 a.m. so I fall back to sleep once, twice, thrice, before the hour
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Ideal Protein, Week Nine

Ideal Protein, Week Nine

Week nine!  Good God almighty, where did the time go?  It seems like yesterday that I started my Ideal Protein journey, and as Leroy Van Wieren said the other day, I’m half the man I was.  Of course, that’s a gross exaggeration but I’m certainly less robust and a little lighter on my toes. I’m half way
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Searching for Dave Rodney

Searching for Dave Rodney

I meandered through the throng of politicians and community leaders mustered in the front foyer of the Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, searching for Dave Rodney, MLA for Calgary-Lougheed.  I was attending the Northern Leaders’ Dinner, a fundraising event for the Alberta PC Association, and the venue for Premier Redford’s first keynote address in our
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The Bag Bylaw

The Bag Bylaw

We have a small closet, right next to our kitchen, that overflows with multi-use shopping bags.  If you open the back of our Ford Escape, you’ll find a box equally stuffed with bags that have become ubiquitous in our region since the single-use shopping bag bylaw came into effect on September 1, 2010. Based on
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