We’re all in this together

Given all the rhetoric being hurled around and sniping aimed at one group or another, we need to pause and remember that we’re all in this together. That our similarities make us stronger. That our differences don’t separate us as much as we’re incited to believe. I say this broadly in response to what’s going on in the world – there’s no shortage of stories of religious intolerance, xenophobia, and downright meanness – but I want to focus on Alberta. Our economy is in rough shape, our government is trying to balance spending priorities with people’s needs, and Albertans are…

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2015 Scotch Advent Calendar

Dana surprised me with the 2015 Scotch Advent Calendar this year and I’m pretty sure she’s as excited as I am about it! Over 25 days I get to sample 25 (presumably) glorious whiskies. Each evening I’ll update this post with a picture, my tasting notes, and thoughts on the whisky. #01 – 1999 Tomintoul 15 yo Distillery: Tomintoul Cask Type: Sherry Butt Cask #: 9289 Region: Speyside Age: 15 years ABV: 61% Nose: Creamy honey, light caramel. Palate: 61% is quite high and you can’t taste much initially apart from the alcohol. With water you taste honey, pick up…

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Another Baby Story: Jude Matthew Edwards

Just kidding Waiting for our second child to arrive was a bit nerve-wracking maddening. See, Allie arrived two weeks early and, when we were given an estimated May 26 due date, we expected this little one to show up 10-14 days ahead of schedule (for what it’s worth, I predicted May 16). Just in case Dana went into labour, I worked from home for what ended up being two weeks; if nothing else this showed me I’d go stir crazy being a home-based employee. And to really hammer home how little control we had over the arrival, we thought we were about to meet the newest addition to our family on May 18, then again…

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Is Your Donation Being Spent Wisely?

Charitable organizations transform the lives of people in our communities, across our nation, and around the world. In the news this morning we heard Nepal experienced its second massive earthquake in three weeks and that organizations and governments are working around the clock to provide relief. Closer to home, the company I work for proudly and strongly supports the United Way and the Children’s Hospitals in Alberta through our annual campaigns. On an individual level, I give my time to Junior Achievement Northern Alberta and donate to organizations my family believes in. With all of the different charitable organizations asking for help, how do you…

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Coffee Tasting on Apr 12, 2015

A few weeks back, John from Cooper’s Cask Coffee got in touch and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing their Whiskey Barrel Aged beans in light of my appreciation for scotch. Coffee beans aged in a whisky barrel, you say? Sold. A few emails back and forth and the beans were on their way. Staying true to the form of a scotch tasting, I decided this coffee tasting would feature the Whiskey Barrel Aged beans and my everyday go-to beans, Grizzly Claw, from Kicking Horse Coffee. I chose espresso as the method of brewing, used Glencairn glasses, and took note of the nose of the beans when freshly ground, the nose when fresh in the cup, the flavours, the palate, and the…

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