Climb every mountain

Climb every mountain

I sat here, in this spot at the table, lights dimmed, coffee brewing, as the dark sky began to glow with the approach of the sun, hidden behind Snoopy Rock and Courthouse Butte beyond.  There was to be a break in the weather, and if I had any chance of catching the sunrise, Sunday was
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Flirting with the vortex

Flirting with the vortex

The arrival of rain limited the things we could do on the third day of our Sedona adventure.  So, we took the opportunity to go on a little gallery tour.  There are several dozen galleries in Sedona, with paintings, sculptures, jewellery, glass art, and everything in between.  The ones with modern paintings really caught my
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The big ditch

The big ditch

Yesterday was our trip to the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, or, as I like to call it, the world’s biggest ditch.  We decided to bump it up a few days based on the weather forecast, as it was calling for a good chance of precipitation through the weekend
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Wild ride in Sedona

Wild ride in Sedona

We had a choice at the start of our guided tour with Jesse Kalu: we could take our rental vehicle and go to a variety of viewpoints and do some potentially difficult hikes for Dylan, or we could take his Jeep and drive to the great spots.  We quickly chose the second option and squeezed
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Settled in Sedona

Settled in Sedona

It felt like we were driving in the movie Cars as we went from the crazy busy Phoenix International Airport to Highway 17, going north to Flagstaff.  The terrain is extraordinary and constantly changing.  At the lower elevations, mammoth cacti dominate the scene. “There are no trees,” I said to Heather. “The cacti are the
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Rise and Fall

Rise and Fall

There is a story in this morning’s Fort McMurray Today about the municipal response to falling oil prices.  In the piece by Vincent McDermott, ‘All options on the table’ as council faces falling oil prices,  leaders like Melissa Blake, Phil Meagher and Sheldon Germain weigh in on the possible scenarios going forward. The key question
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Life is like…

Life is like…

Forrest Gump suggested that life is like a box of chocolates.  I’d like to suggest that life is like washing dishes.  I thought about the metaphor this morning as I cleaned up a few dishes from the night before. Sometimes, life is messy, and you need to get your hands wet to clean things up.
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Trust the Process

Trust the Process

The most useful phrase in the English language: trust the process.  I find that I repeat it to myself quite a bit when working on projects that are more difficult, complex, and time intensive.  I found myself saying it multiple times yesterday, working on a portrait of a beautiful young lady. When I was young
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…the virtues of something completely different

…the virtues of something completely different

I heard a CBC interview with Herbie Hancock on CBC the other day, a fascinating conversation with Tom Power on Q.  He was talking about his recently released memoir, Possibilities, but it was his anecdote about a gig at the Plugged Nickel in Chicago that really hit home for me. He was playing with Miles
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Opening the door for 2015

Opening the door for 2015

The flipping of a calendar page never feels as substantial as going from December to January.  It’s all in our mind, of course, but the yearly reset always inspires reflection, change, correction, improvement, and various other things that gyms, weight-loss programs, and health centres look forward to with their wallets open. I’m planning my own
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