State of the Island 2011

State of the Island 2011

COO of MacDonald Island Park, my friend Tim Reid, spent a lot of time sharing numbers with the almost 570 guests at the annual State of the Island banquet.  Some of the figures were hard, like total concert ticket sales and annual golf memberships; others were soft, like total amount of grass cut at Miskanaw
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Ideal Protein, Week Eight

Ideal Protein, Week Eight

My extremities are colder than they were.  I no longer feel compelled to nap after lunch.  My only indulgence is a good cup of coffee.  These are three of the changes that have taken root in my life over these past eight weeks. Outside of a small sip of champagne at the Oilsands Banquet last
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Traffic nightmare

Traffic nightmare

A friend sent me the news that things were not going so well on the highway last night.  OK, that’s too polite.  A friend sent me a raging rant about what was not going so well on the highway last night.  Up to that point, I was enjoying my evening, reading my Kobo copy of
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One year on Council

One year on Council

One year ago, we gathered around the television in our living room – campaign supporters, family and friends – watching the election results roll in.  It was a gut-wrenching, stress-filled, exciting evening as my wafer thin lead bringing up the rear held through to the end as final poll results were released. Screams, hugs and
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The 39 Steps experience

The 39 Steps experience

A theatre show either has a buzz about it or it doesn’t.  Our family had been looking forward to seeing The 39 Steps because we’d heard the buzz, the rumblings, murmurs, guffaws, and chortles, since the day it shared its hilarity with the public.  So much can be said about WOMM (Word-Of-Mouth Marketing) and its importance
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Ideal Protein, Week Seven

Ideal Protein, Week Seven

I look at the chart that captures my Ideal Protein progress and I can’t help but smile.  After 7 full weeks and I’m down over 26 pounds. “I hope you’re not shy,” I said, as I jumped out of my heavy jeans for a second try at today’s measurement at BACK on TRACK with BARB.
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Happy Anniversary Honey

Happy Anniversary Honey

Let me be perfectly clear.  I didn’t plan it this way. Just before going to bed last night I stepped on the weigh scale, even though “they” say your true measure should only be taken in the morning.  I’ve developed a habit to check at night and in the morning, monitoring the nocturnal loss of
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I lucked out

I lucked out

I thought that a fun activity for Ben and I on our long weekend would be to do an art project. While at Walmart, I picked up a couple of cheap stretched canvases and tossed it by my son. “I have an idea,” I started.  “Let’s each do a painting. But you get to pick
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Ideal Protein, Week Six

Ideal Protein, Week Six

I can’t believe I’ve been at this thing for six whole weeks.  Something switched in my brain at the end of the summer as I began my Ideal Protein journey and I’m within a hair’s breadth of the goal I set for myself at my first appointment at BACK on TRACK with BARB.  I describe
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The Beauty of the North

The Beauty of the North

I had been asked to say a few words at the opening of The Beauty of the North exhibition at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery.  It was a bit of a rush to get there as I had to swing up the hill to Westwood School to drop Ben off at Cub Scouts –
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