Nothing in life is simple any more

Your life used to be fairly predictable: get a job, get married, have kids, retire. Today's uncertain world requires a whole different set of skills

Nothing in life is simple any moreI just learned a new acronym: VUCA, which stands for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. I guess I’m behind the times since the term has been around since 1998, when it was introduced in the U.S. military to describe the situation in Afghanistan, replacing some less printable alternatives. Unfortunately, today VUCA describes far more than…

Is it time to trade in your bratty kid?

Trade, trade, trade your way to the perfect family

Is it time to trade in your bratty kid?A few years back my dog suffered from GDV, gastric dilatation volvulus, a sudden killer that can affect the healthiest dog. GDV is more commonly known as gastric torsion, where that cute, furry little quadruped stomach flips like a young Eastern bloc gymnast and is quite often fatal if not caught in time. Even if…

Roots that run deep, nurturing a family over generations

Reconnecting with our Highland heritage, its resourceful and egalitarian values, and the natural legacy that flows to all of us

Roots that run deep, nurturing a family over generationsWhat a gift it is to learn something new about your family roots relatively late in life. Looking back, this process seems more and more infrequent. But not 2017 – it was a banner year for old family intelligence. It was the year we reconnected with our Highland roots. Our teachers in this process were…

Resilience makes dealing with the vagaries of life seem like a great adventure

Deal with the vagaries of life by working to make them seem like a great adventure. Embody the change you want in the world

Resilience makes dealing with the vagaries of life seem like a great adventureI was still in high school when my father was fired from the San Francisco Examiner. Dad loved the newspaper business and he especially enjoyed his job, working with the newsboys who (then) sold papers on street corners. I knew he'd be devastated by the loss. To add to the problem, he had been employed…

This Christmas, resolve to go device-free one day a week

Starting this Christmas, have the guts to turn off the phone for a few days – okay, start with one day – and contemplate what you have to celebrate

This Christmas, resolve to go device-free one day a weekSomeone asked me the other day if I missed the mayhem of owning a business at Christmas time. The truth is, I do. While I don’t miss taking inventory, all the extra hours, the squeeze of trying to find enough time for family and customers, figuring out if there should be a Christmas bonus or…

A spirit gone, but enduring through lessons well taught

Bruce Webster defined how best to live life: with respect, humour, physical and intellectual rigour, and a willingness to take risks

A spirit gone, but enduring through lessons well taughtI packed my suitcase and dashed to the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal to join my wife and her family at the palliative care ward of the Nanaimo hospital. Four adult children and their mother were already around a bed in a private room with their dad and husband, Bruce Webster. By the time I arrived,…

Taking the stress out of Christmas, preserving the joy

Christmas isn’t about gifts, a blanket of snow, a crackling fire and carols. It's about family, and creating warm memories

Taking the stress out of Christmas, preserving the joyIt was cold the other day – really cold. As I sat in a coffee shop with a cup of tea, preparing to answer a few emails during a break from Christmas shopping, I noticed four shivering teens – opting for fashion instead of warmth. They ordered hot chocolates, then headed to a far corner of…

Senior Klippers alumni gather for birthday surprise

Mable Stanley honoured on her 100th birthday for the years of volunteer work she put in for the team

Senior Klippers alumni gather for birthday surprise  Kenneth Brown of The Clarion Alumni from the Kindersley Senior Klippers hockey club have come together to show their appreciation for a 100-year-old woman who had a big impact on their lives. A group of about 10 Klippers alumni and their wives planned a surprise celebration for Mable Stanley on the day she turned…

Support still needed for Santa’s Hut

The program gives children a chance to buy gifts for parents and siblings at a nominal price

Support still needed for Santa’s HutKenneth Brown of The Clarion More support is needed for an annual program that empowers children in six area communities by giving them a chance to buy Christmas gifts for their family members. The Santa’s Hut program gives children 12 years of age and under a chance to attend shopping events in their communities and…
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