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Confessions of a beginner climber

I’ve taken up climbing. And not the corporate ladder style. After an introductory class in the climbing gym, I headed outdoors. First climbing sport routes, then mountaineering with some ice climbing, onto multi-pitch climbing and so on. I’ve been fortunate to have had many good climbing experiences in a relatively short time, especially for someone living in mountain-less Edmonton. However, after a...

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What’s your tire swing?

Every now and again, we need to be reminded of a time when life was simpler, less complicated. When you didn’t have a care in the world. When you didn’t know how to over-think and over-analyze. When you didn’t retreat to the past or worry about the future. When you were so focused on the present moment, without even realizing...

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41 Lessons earned and learned over 41 years

We all have baggage, but the real question is what you do with it. Check it and fly, or spend your life stuck in the terminal? Show gratitude often. Feel it all. Even when you don’t want to. Fear should keep you alive, not hold you back. Squash fear like that spider crawling on your bed. The only predictable thing...

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When your dog dies

You are smacked hard in the face with the true meaning of unconditional love, and the sad realization you don’t have it anymore. You feel like there is no place for your love and affection to go. You miss their quirks. How they chased airplanes like you were under nuclear attack. How they loved eating lettuce. How the sole purpose...

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The real reason the Oilers suck

It’s not the coach, our defense, offense, youthfulness nor the fact that we don’t have a A-lister goalie. It’s not because it is a “building” year, or because we don’t check enough, lack locker room leadership, or [insert any theory here]. Every year for the past 6 years we hear all of these excuses as reasons for our team’s lackluster...

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