Shared stories

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Stories bind us. Words tie society together with strands of familiar narratives and shared experiences. Not all stories are happy ones but there’s value in listening to how people are …

Oh Canada

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There’s been uproar in Canada over what’s happening to our neighbours – the almighty and powerful United States of America. What their new president is doing is abhorrent and nonsensical …

Lost Andy

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Andy talks and talks and talks. Talks and talks. Then talks some more. “At school we painted pictures,” he says. “I can make super-sonic laser beams come out of my …

Laughing at life

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“Ha ha ha.” That’s me laughing. To myself. I constantly crack myself up. But while I think I’m funny, it sometimes doesn’t translate well onto the page. However, I can’t …

No. 1 skeletons

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My head is full of different types of memories. Some are good memories, like playing hockey on the pond with my dad or my mom taking me to get my …

Gifts not presents

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Christmas is on the horizon and for many of us, that means lots of cookies and eggnog and family time. My immediate family (and family-in-laws) don’t live close enough to …

Staying ahead of competition

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Capital Ideas Calgary is a community that links business owners to an important resource: other business owners. Each week, Capital Ideas puts out a question that’s answered by entrepreneurs based …

A banner day

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Revelstoke, B.C. has a wonderful tradition: hanging hand-painted banners to deck the streets of the mountain city. The community-based program lets artists (and non-artists) paint their impressions of the town …