NCMPR 2011 – Day 1

NCMPR 2011 – Day 1

This was a great first day of the 37th annual NCMPR (National Council for Marketing and Public Relations) national conference. With any gathering like this, it can be hit or miss with the content and the speakers. However, in the case of the 2011 event in Philadelphia, both the pre-conference intensive on dynamic video production
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Putting the Sheen on dubious denial

Putting the Sheen on dubious denial

Charlie Sheen is one messed up dude. Are you with me on this? Don’t believe me, take a few minutes to watch this collection of clips from recent interviews: I showed one complete interview (from ABC) to my 12 year old son Dylan who clearly saw the disturbed individual that lay under the veneer of
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My Public Life

My Public Life

A number of people commented on or questioned my social media activity on our recent holiday in Mexico. “Why are you on Facebook when you should be relaxing?” was the essence of a question I heard more than once. Long story short, I love the communication and connection that is afforded to me by this
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The nights of the long sleeps

The nights of the long sleeps

Whether it has been the sun, the copious amount of food, the walking, or the luxurious king-size bed, the sleeps in Mexico have been long. We’ve been in bed shortly after 9 pm most nights and leisurely getting up between 7 am and 8 am. The extra rest has been great, and necessary. Sleeping on
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Wonders and Wishes

Wonders and Wishes

Ben was intrigued with the idea of painting a ceramic dragon the other day, with a vendor situated along side the main pool at Sandos Playacar in the shade of a couple of big trees. Among his list of happy places is being in front of an art project with brush in hand. I guess
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Iguanas and Sun Monkeys

Iguanas and Sun Monkeys

A friend from back home asked about recommending a resort for a future vacation. I’d surmise that she was likely asking, in a very polite way, if I would recommend this one: Sandos Playacar. Let me preface the answer to that question with a statement of fact: it takes several days to get into the
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Sea swells and going over the edge

Sea swells and going over the edge

Let me say right off the get-go that the fishing trip was not as I had imagined. Long ago and far away, I got it into my head that I needed to treat myself to some ocean fishing, some way and some how on this Mexican holiday. On our first day I booked a half-day
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Finding North

Finding North

Our first full day at Sandos Playacar was all about orienting ourselves to the lay of the land. This property stretches quite far. From the beach front to the last wing of suites is probably .5 kilometres. We began by taking the shuttle back and forth, to make things a little easier for Dylan, but
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South to Mexico

South to Mexico

“This reminds me of Walmart on a Saturday afternoon,” I said to Heather, as I returned from running the gauntlet in search of freshly made guacamole. It’s a delicate dance, trying to swerve in and out of the salad bar, hot entrees, chef’s table and dessert trays. Whether it is a full day of being
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Hot vs. Cold

Hot vs. Cold

I had the honour of saying a few words at the opening of Hot vs. Cold tonight, the solo exhibition at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery featuring the works of Louise van Alenburg. Louise is an incredible artist, who came to Fort McMurray by way of the Sakhalin Islands in Russia, several other locations,
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