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Confronting Crisis

There is a misconception that the written Chinese symbols for crisis include the symbols of danger and opportunity. Interpretation is skewed by cultural and emotional aspects that language and symbols cannot convey. The combination of symbols is thought to convey…

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Gratitude from A to Z: Zipper

I am grateful for the zipper. 

Where would we be without the zipper? We'd be buttoning up our flies and it would be a little drafty down there at this time of year. Keeping mosquitoes out of your tent would…

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Gratitude from A to Z: You

I am grateful for you. 

You who care - who read, watch, listen, support, create, comment, engage and encourage.

Thank you for being with me on this journey. Thank you for caring. 

May the joy of the season embrace you…

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Gratitude from A to Z: Xrays

I am grateful for Xrays.

Several years ago I was skiing on Blackcomb mountain at Whistler, BC. While walking across the icy deck of Horstman Hut halfway up the mountain, I slipped and fell. At the time I thought I…

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Gratitude from A to Z: Water

I am grateful for water.

It is more than half of what I physically am. An amazingly simple molecule composed of two hydrogen atoms bonded to a single oxygen but absolutely essential to life.

It is easy to take water…

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Gratitude from A to Z: Volvo 122s Wagon

I am grateful for a Volvo 122s wagon.

A 1967, dark green Volvo 122s station wagon that my Dad bought new. Seat belts were an option that he wisely chose. It hauled our family and tent trailer on epic family…

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Gratitude from A to Z: Uncles

Uncle Paul enjoying a glass of wine in Madeira


I am grateful for uncles.

Both Uncle Johns, Uncles Dean, Bud, Don, Erik, Stewart, and Paul.  Uncle Bud was a cousin of my Dad's and Uncle Don was close family friend…

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Gratitude from A to Z: Technology

I am grateful for technology. 

Technology allows me to be a more effective creator, connects me to others and allows me to easily maintain or renew old friendships over time and distance. Agricultural technology feeds me. Housing technology provides shelter…

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Gratitude from A to Z: Sisters

Sporting the centennial plaid at the centennial fountain in the centennial year

I am grateful for sisters, and one in particular, Mary.

My sister taught me resilience, love and compassion. John and I often picked on our little sister, most…

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Gratitude from A to Z: Rivers


I am grateful for rivers.

One river in particular stands alone in my memory - the mighty St. Lawrence River. I grew up a quarter mile from the banks of the St. Lawrence at a point where it was seven…

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