Take a funky interlude

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If you lived in the Maritimes in the 90s, you might remember TV interludes. Every now and then a video put to music popped up on the screen instead of a commercial. Why there were interludes, I’m not sure, but it was a nice break from ads. ATV (CTV in the Maritimes) broadcast the interludes and I have often wondered … Read More

Who are you?

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A few summers ago I bought a painting at a yard sale in Vernon, B.C. It’s acrylic on velvet; almost like one of those velvet Elvis pictures you see hanging in someone’s creepy wood-panelled basement. Except it’s not Elvis staring back at me, it’s a soldier. This soldier is nameless and nationless but his story may have been revealed by … Read More

Corporate histories: stories worth telling

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This past week I was a guest blogger for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. I wrote about company histories being stories worth telling. The post was sent out in the June 30th issue of eConnecting, the chamber’s digital newsletter. Unfortunately, the link under my introduction doesn’t work so I’ve posted the piece below. Corporate histories: investing in your future Businesses … Read More

Welcome to the work world

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Every time I walk into a Gap, I have the urge to tuck tags into shirts and fold sweaters that have been messily discarded by shoppers. The Gap was once a major part of my life in a time when I was falling apart at the seams. (Insert joke here.) Now the retailer is closing a quarter of its stores, … 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

Stand by your (NHL) man

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Don’t laugh at me but I like the Leafs. Yes, the Toronto Maple Leafs. My team hasn’t done well all year and definitely aren’t in the running for the Stanley Cup so I’m rooting for my next favourite team, the Calgary Flames. (Update: they lost last night.) My husband is a diehard Montreal Canadians fan and I’m not going there. … Read More

Mum’s not just a mum

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I don’t have a first memory of my mother. She’s always been there: picking me up, carrying me, holding my hand and teaching me about life. For the past few months, I’ve been collecting my mother’s stories. Now I’m learning about her life. You’d think that I’d already know a lot about my mother. Of course I do. She told … Read More