The Power of Attraction

The Power of Attraction

Earlier this year I discovered that this free blog interface (thanks Blogspot!) offers some tools to help me understand how widely (or not) my blog posts are being read.  Their analytics me enough basic information to figure out where my readers come from, how they found me, and what kind of operating system they are
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The Surge

The Surge

In a normal election, the story would have been that the Conservatives had achieved their majority.  But the Canadian election of May 2, 2011 was anything but normal. My dad, a devout NDP supporter from Saskatchewan, was audibly giddy when I talked to him shortly before the polls closed and national election coverage on CBC
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What were they remembering?

What were they remembering?

“Osama is dead.  Osama is dead,” repeated CNN’s John King about 20 minutes after word of the terrorist’s assassination circled the globe. Did we mention Osama is dead? It was repeated over and over again on the air, online, in our conversations and in our thoughts. On Twitter, Michael Moore, famed commentator, documentary filmmaker, and
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All Shook Up dazzles

All Shook Up dazzles

In watching the social mediasphere over the past several weeks two things were clear:  first, that the cast and crew of Keyano Theatre Company’s production of ALL SHOOK UP were having a blast, and second, that uniformly positive comments were being posted by patrons.  Don’t get me wrong, this is not a new phenomenon, positive
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The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech

I was part of the way through a mid-afternoon newscast on CHPQ-AM Radio in Parksville, BC when the hiccups started. “There was a head-on collision this morning on the Island Highway that HIC!….took the life of three people,” I began. “According to police, slick highway conditions HIC!…may have been a contributing factor.” Every couple of
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Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding

We are a cynical lot most days.  But once in awhile we put aside our pettiness, our cares and worries, and bask in the glow of something extraordinary.  About three hours ago, William and Kate exchanged their vows.  I didn’t get up to watch it live, opting rather for a full screen viewing with Dylan
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Growing up KISS

Growing up KISS

I shared a bedroom with my brother Keith for the first 16 years of my life.  As he grew into a wild and “Crazy” (his nickname) teenager, KISS imagery began to take over every available inch of wall space in our small room. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss peered at me
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Water Balloons in April

Water Balloons in April

I’m looking back on this day wondering how it was even possible that on April 25th, the boys were running around the yard for three hours with nothing but shorts on, hurling water balloons hither and thither.  For northern Alberta, the thoughts of April 25th and summer-like warmth and sunshine, don’t quite fit together.  “Not
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Easter Bunnies

Easter Bunnies

There were three Easter bunnies across the street this morning, a trio of hares, larger than cats, feral residents of the Lendrum community in Edmonton. Sookie (the family dog) keeps watch, looking out the super-large front windows, ears perked up, intent on watching for his furry friends. The boys and Julia, my niece, are about
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Music…the food of LOVE

Music…the food of LOVE

If music be the food of love, play on,Give me excess of it… So began Twelfth Night, or, What You Will, one of the more popular comedies of William Shakespeare penned in “about 1600”, according to General Editor Alfred Harbage in The Complete Works published by Penguin Books Inc.  About 15 years ago, Douglas Abel uttered
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