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When you haul your butt up a mountain

Whether you’re hiking, climbing or skiing, when you use your legs and feet to get up a mountain, you discover: Perspective. It’s obvious that as you climb higher, your point of view changes. How a mountain or valley appears from up high is different than it appears when you are down low. But the mountains give you more than just...

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My favourite books of the last year (or two)

It’s been awhile since my last favourite book list. Admittedly, there was a long stretch when I was hard pressed to find a good book, let alone recommend one. And then the drought ended and good books started to flow again. Some of the selections below were published this year, while others are a year or two old. Regardless of...

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Ten lessons after ten years in business

Ten years in business comes with a lot of hard work and a little good luck. For those that don’t know me, in 2005 I started a communications and marketing consulting company called Freestone Communications. We are small but forceful, providing communications counsel, support and service to a variety of organizations of all sizes and shapes. After ten years of...

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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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