Heart of the matter

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No matter who we are, we all want the same things. We all want to be sheltered from the heat and cold, have food to fill our stomachs, and to be loved. In the book, Voices in the Wind, you’ll see this as a common thread. Pick it up and follow it to your heart because some of the people … Read More

30 years of helping

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STARS celebrated its 30th anniversary recently. I was lucky enough to write a piece on the history of volunteers with the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society. Read the story by clicking on the image to the left or go to the STARS Horizons – 30th anniversary edition, page 16.  

Remembering our veterans

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I’m wary of writing about my memoir writing participants from the Drop-In Centre because they are like you and me. Except these people have been hit a little harder by life and need a helping hand. I’m writing about them now because my writers last week wrote about Remembrance Day and I wanted to share their outlook on the day. … Read More

The “me” in memory

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For an hour a week I write with a man who has Alzheimer’s disease. We write about the yellow leaves that fall on his front lawn. We write about eating Thanksgiving turkey and Brussels sprouts. We write about going for walks with a dog name Bo. We don’t write stories about the man as a young boy or raising his … Read More

Common people

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There’s a theory that we’re connected to every single person in the world through six degrees of separation. That is, we all have someone in common everywhere and anywhere we go: a friend of a friend of friend of a friend… It’s a small world after all as I rediscovered during a recent trip to see a client in Burlington, … Read More

Winter in summer

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It’s still August but that doesn’t mean it won’t snow in Alberta. Here’s proof that the dog days of summer in the mountains can be white and cold. At least the sun is shining and the lake hasn’t frozen over…yet. Whatever the weather, it’s not time to reminisce about another season passing. It’s not time to move on to making … Read More

Giving back

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Capital Ideas Calgary asked businesses: “How does your business give back to the community?” Here’s my answer published in the Calgary Herald on July 23, 2015: http://bit.ly/1MaJcig How does your business give back to the community? Everyone has a story but not everyone has the chance to share his or her stories. This especially true of people living on the … Read More

Campfires and pirates

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Stuart McLean was telling stories about singing songs yesterday. The Vinyl Cafe was all about using your voice to carry a tune and carry a tale. Something many of my friends can do. Not me. I like music. I was in band in school. I was in choir too and I also took piano lessons for many years. Now a days I … Read More

Beginning, middle and end

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I instruct writing workshops and one thing I teach is a story has to have a beginning, middle and end. An easy way to accomplish this in a piece is to remember to use the three o’s: objective, obstacle and outcome. To get the point across I split a class into groups of three. Then I have everyone write an … Read More