Date Night, every night

Date Night, every night

There was a time when Heather and I had our favourite shows. Embarrassingly, Survivor often topped that list, as did American Idol for a time. House was another show we gravitated to and certainly Bones, but beyond that we really didn’t watch much else. We got our first taste of the temptations of series watching
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Tender Lessons and Testosterone

Tender Lessons and Testosterone

Testosterone is spinning out of control up and down our hallway, down the basement and everywhere else that pre-pubescent voices penetrate. My son Dylan is celebrating his 12th birthday with his annual sleepover-three boys (and Ben), hopped up on sugar, pizza and the wanton exuberance that erupts when they are allowed to leave it all
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Hunchback screams

Hunchback screams

Hunchback is the much-anticipated follow-up to Nevermore and Frankenstein by Catalyst Theatre. The Edmonton-based theatre company has done the developmental portion of their award-winning shows at Keyano Theatre before launching them on Edmonton and the world. Theirs is a new way of story-telling, by combining movement, music, narration, character, and innovative design in a way
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A Billion Channels

A Billion Channels

When my son was younger, I distinctly remember attending Christmas concerts and special events at the school and watching many parents rush to the stage to get video footage and take a multitude of pictures. I wondered (often audibly) what the heck they did with those seemingly innocuous bits and bites of memory. I would
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A step UP

A step UP

The special events guys were scrambling around trying to get the Alberta Building Trades Field ready for the Career Fair & Open House; there had been a miscommunication about the start time which forced them into hyper-drive much earlier than they expected. Vendors were pouring in, even in the last 15 minutes before the scheduled
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My northern life

My northern life

According to my personal historian (Dan Chabot), it was 15 years ago today that I pulled my final shift at Q91 radio in Drumheller. With the sale of the station to Nornet Broadcasting, I was relegated to basically an afternoon air shift after having programmed the Calgary-market am station during its final months with CHUM.
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Growth

Growth

The newly elected President of Events Wood Buffalo, Greg Butters, summed up the last year of operations in one word: GROWTH. And perhaps a year from now, when Greg gets behind the podium to reflect on 2011, it wouldn’t surprise me if he adds an additional word to his description: GARGANTUAN. This was my first
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Managing the Message 2011

Managing the Message 2011

As we went around the room this morning, introducing ourselves to the Leadership Wood Buffalo Class of 2010-2011, Claude and I asked each participant and facilitator to share with us how they stay informed about what’s happening in our community. There were a total of 20 people in the room and the striking thing was
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Painting the Chimney

Painting the Chimney

(A speech given during the Keyano College Leadership in Action program launch on February 2, 2011) There is a line that goes through my head when I think of leadership that my dad used to say when I was a kid. I’m sure he said it many times, but the image that comes to me
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First Kiss

First Kiss

“Dylan has something to tell you,” said Ben, as I stumbled in the door today. “Not yet,” said Dylan. “I’ll tell him later.” -pause- “OK, I’ll tell you,” he said. “I got kissed today! Twice!” As he is only 11 years old and as I heard that the smacking action happened during a game of
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