Page View

Page View

The Middle Age Bulge blog, started on December 26, 2009 with Where did those 10 pounds come from?, is quickly approaching 20,000 page views.  Can you believe that?  Can you help me understand what a “page view” is? Honestly, I was pretty convinced that only a small handful of people were looking at my blogs
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Perceptions

Perceptions

Suncor flew a plane full of business people up from Edmonton, where they are attending the National Buyer Seller Forum from points across the country. They were given a tour of Suncor and oil sands then brought to MacDonald Island Park for a networking session with members of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, NAABA
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Please take your groceries

Please take your groceries

“Please take your groceries,” she says, the moment I enter my four-digit password and press enter, finishing off my afternoon shopping excursion at the neighborhood Safeway. I grab my reusable shopping bags from inside the plastic grocery basket, trying to figure out which items should go in first. “Please take your groceries,” she says again,
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Vision

Vision

When you look down the long hallway of the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery, it’s a wonder that one artist can fill up the space. The surface area available for displaying art is unbelievable. The fact that Margie Cunningham not only filled the space, but filled it in a way that carries the viewer away,
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My Favourite Things

My Favourite Things

As a politician who is a blogger it might surprise you that I seldom write about politics. I certainly hope it doesn’t offend that I choose not to use the Middle Age Bulge blog as a soapbox. I’m quite happy writing about all the other wonderful and interesting elements of life, like my favourite things.
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Tooth Fairy

Tooth Fairy

I ambled into the dentist’s office at 7 am yesterday, my preferred time for my bi-annual visits to Dr. Beaulne. The difference this time around was that he planned to yank my remaining wisdom tooth. Going back 15 or 20 years, they pulled the first two, pumping me full of pain killers – 17 needles
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Orphan Socks

Orphan Socks

I have a drawer, just behind my home office chair, where the orphan socks live. Black socks, white socks, everywhere a sock sock… I have no idea how or why the sock orphanage has become so populated. Where do their partners go? “In the garbage,” suggested Ben when asked to share his ideas. In the
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NCMPR 2011 – Day 4

NCMPR 2011 – Day 4

I had been looking forward to attending the NCMPR Paragon Awards Banquet, as it is always creatively stimulating to see the great work of our colleagues from across North America and beyond. However, fate dealt a different set of cards for me that night as a number of issues had come up back home putting
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NCMPR 2011 – Day 3

NCMPR 2011 – Day 3

The 3rd day of the NCMPR conference didn’t do it for me. There, I’ve said it. And outside of the ray of light offered by Ron Paradis’s session To Infinity and Beyond: A Comprehensive Enrollment Management Plan, the other two sessions I went to somewhat fell flat. As communicators I’m often surprised how often we
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NCMPR 2011 – Day 2

NCMPR 2011 – Day 2

I was up so late writing my blog post last night that I almost slept in this morning. I shouldn’t beat myself up for rousing at 7:30 am, as it was 5:30 am back home, or 4:30 am if you ignore the time change that happened the other night. That said, I’m going to keep
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