May 2022: Views from the Crowsnest

Welcome back to Views from the Crowsnest. Twenty-five months have passed since I last wrote in this format, and it feels like a lifetime ago. Life is what happens while we’re making plans, as they say.

Rather than attempt to re-live, re-frame or re-litigate the last two years of our upside-down world at a granular level, I’ll be as succinct as I can muster; I’ll revert to being annoyingly practical and direct – for which I’m rather infamous. Hopefully muscle memory will kick in without significant injury.

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Never ever count out the dark horse

Hangover, shock, disbelief, anger, damaged egos…all part of the aftermath of the U.S. elections. Oh, and a very different tone on mainstream TV shows. [Read more…]

A bold prediction…we’ll see how it turns out

First of all, I wish to express my sincere regrets that the U.S. elections are such big news even here in Canada…collectively it feels like we need to be deloused and scrubbed with disinfectant.
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Special U.S. election note October 29 2016

Yesterday afternoon, FBI Director James Comey dropped a bombshell into the middle of the last 11 days of the U.S. elections. Will it be enough to tip the balance? Can the mainstream push any harder on the scales than they already have been? [Read more…]

Calgary Cares: Healing with Compassion

Greetings!

Today, we remain a community in mourning. Calgary is well known for its clear running water; right now that includes the tears being shed in countless homes, offices, and classrooms. Water in all forms can cleanse and heal…if we allow it to by literally going with the flow, instead of resisting.

When a senseless tragedy like the murder of young people happens at the hands of a peer, with a motive yet unknown, it shakes all of us to the core. The closer we are to the victims or the accused, the more acute and profound the pain and grieving becomes. As time passes, many of us are learning just how close we were to being directly and intimately affected by the pain of one very frightened young man; this includes my family.

About a year ago, the Boston Marathon bombing happened. The motto that emerged, “Boston Strong,” expresses the civic resiliency and unity that emerged from their galvanizing tragedy. I’ve seen a few “Calgary Strong” bumper stickers since our epic floods in the summer of 2013, but the Calgary Stampede’s spontaneous adoption of the brilliant “Hell or High Water” motto captured our hearts as THE expression of our own community spirit, teamwork and dedication…quite literally defiance in the wake of widespread destruction.

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Party with a Purpose

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Have you ever been in a situation where everything you’ve dreamed about just “flows” and wish you could repeat this at will?

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Can we finally start learning and changing from Remembrance Day?

Remembrance Day is always highly emotional for me, increasingly so as I mature, reflect back on my youth and gain new perspective from these memories. So here is my question for readers: Can we finally start learning and changing from Remembrance Day? Yes.

Before anyone tunes out because they think this article is unsupportive of our Canadian Armed Forces, let me first share with you exactly where I’m coming from.

My parents were born in 1927 and 1934 in small‐town Holland, each part of large Catholic families whose fathers were skilled craftsmen. My grandparents had dignity, made enough to support their families, and wanted exactly what most parents want today: to help their children grow up healthy, strong and responsible with the best of what each parent and their community had to offer.
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