a Rant perhaps

Are we going off the rails? Two weeks ago I was feeling pretty upbeat about the future of the Arts in the South Okanagan / Similkameen. We had just finished the Step Two Workshop and there was considerable energy in the room and in the conversations afterwards. In the days that followed I was on […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 113 (a)

I’ve been travelling again… This will be a multi-section chapter as there really is quite a bit to talk about. But let me start with my experience with arts and culture because over the last couple of weeks it seems that it has been a big part of my schedule(s). It actually started even before […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 112

Good places to live aren’t always big… I was thinking today after watching a reasonably decent Super Bowl game yesterday and getting to ski in brisk conditions this morning, that the places we chose for our dwellings are worthy of reflection now and then… I have lived in some big cities and some that think […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 111

Repeating numbers may mean a repeating theme… People always seem to be complaining that there is never enough to do in Penticton. The town’s too small. It’s too boring. Nothing of interest to keep anybody staying in the place. Well perhaps it is more a case of too much going on. Maybe that’s what keep […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 110

My organizational skills are not great — I should have planned this for Chapter 103… So what does one do when Mother turns 103? Yepp, today my dear mother celebrated her 103rd birthday. They had a big party at the Long Term Care (LTC) facility in Cold Lake. It’s starting to be a bit repetitive […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 109

Once again the Okanagan Symphony hits the Top Ten… Actually you can re-state that: OSO reaches #1… and in big way… I think the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is one of the best regional orchestras I have ever had the pleasure to listen to, to enjoy. Last night was another example of why it is so […]

In Memoriam — JR

This past week I lost a long time friend and colleague. But this time it was different. She told me in advance. While I have known others who have exercised their option to have MAID (medical assistance in dying) they tended to be somewhat removed from my immediate circle. When I was the CEO of […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 108

And let us discuss 3/4’s of a Century… Strange Christmas week in many ways. Saturday I awoke at about 5:00 a.m. but didn’t get out of bed and get active for about three hours. I basically lay there and reflected on the fact that I actually reached the three-quarter century mark less than three weeks […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 107

There’s hope for our planet yet… The Okanagan Water Board’s Stewardship Council has interesting presentations at their regular meetings and December’s was no exception. Two individuals from Environment and Climate Change Canada gave valuable insights into the way the world is unfolding. Doug Lundquist is a Meteorologist and David Hutchinson is a Hydrometric Specialist. Doug […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 106

As you know, over my years as a Management Consultant as well as Adjunct Professor I have led a great many strategic planning workshops (or classes of the same). Recently, having divested myself of roles with the local Strata Council and having a congregation I was assisting in their Strategic Visioning decide to go in […]