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Doing the work

Olive was giddy with excitement after being successfully chosen for a solo role in the school Christmas concert. She also expressed some...

Dusty processes

This morning I learned how to make a whole youtube video including animation with AI. Yesterday I watched Peter Diamandis conduct an...

The early bird gets the advantage

On holidays we have a habit of going on early morning runs during the quiet hours of dawn, while the city is still sleeping. It is...

The story behind the story

I recently asked chat GPT to rate the ‘likability’ of a work email I’d received. Did my feelings of irritation, and ‘ick’, stem from the...

It matters to them.

I just returned from the school Remembrance Day celebration. I had full intention of skipping the event as I couldn’t see why it would...

Just Because

“I bought you a little something” said my sister Stacey as she tossed me a gift for no reason whatsoever. She saw the logo on a sweater...

Left-handed brushing

Brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand leads to “neurobic exercise”, engaging new neural pathways and different parts of your...

Those who have the most fun win.

During a major Fall cleanup party at Poppa’s farm, I watched my girls, their cousins, parents, and grandparents all embarking on a...

Over deliver

I received an unexpected package in the mail this week that contained the original owners manual and an extra set of keys for a used...

The little things are everything

Next time you're at a family gathering, pay attention to who chips in to clean off the table or wash the dishes. Likely it’s the same...

Abundant Gratitude

During a recent trip to the dental office, Karina observed the dentist leaving for the day. As part of his exit routine, the doctor...

Make it personal

The independent coffee shop we frequented on our recent trip to Vancouver was a simple and cute little nook in the side of one of the...

Failed assumptions

“Dad I can’t remember what direction letter ‘d’ goes?” Hazel asked me during her most recent bedtime destroying crafting session. Using...

Fire at the agenda factory

Elementary schools are still in the habit of sending kids home with agendas to connect parents with important dates, and help students...

Sharing is Caring

As I brought Hazel’s friend home after a recent play date, the mother asked me to wait while she grabbed a plate of ‘spring rolls’ that...

The Likeability Factor

One of the best parts about attending the Edmonton Folk Fest last weekend was running into two of my favourite teaching colleagues from...

ASK, even when the answer might be NO

My instructions were “KEEP BUILDING!” as my youngest daughter went out for a walk with her mom during our recent lego building project to...

Avoid overwhelm

I own a briefcase sized metric and SAE socket and wrench set that accomplishes 95% of the mechanical duties that I encounter. I know...

Mechanical advantage

Normally a request to help move a piano is an immediate NO. Leave it to the professionals, I have hurt my back too many times. This week...

Conversational threads

I had an amazingly awkward conversation with an older neighbour recently, where after exchanging multiple goofy surface level...

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