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Team Glen 2011

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

As we’ve done the last couple of years, some of us are again participating in the local Walk For ALS.  This is a fundraiser to help fight the disease ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, that took my brother Glen in 2004.

The walk is coming right up in only four days.  Any donations would be gladly accepted, and can be made online at either the Team Glen website or at my fundraising website, or if you see me in person I do have an old-fashioned pledge form and will accept cash or cheques made out to “ALS Society of Saskatchewan”.

More information about the 2011 Prince Albert Walk For ALS can be found here.

Another Walk For ALS done

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Team Glen had a lower turnout this year than last year, and the weather was miserable, but it was good to get together this morning and do a bit to fight ALS.  Thanks all who donated.  Pictures here.

Another walk for ALS

Thursday, May 20th, 2010


So much seems to be happening this spring that Team Glen was slow organizing itself.  However some of us will again be participating in this year’s Prince Albert Walk For ALS, in memory of my brother Glen.

If you care to make an online donation, you can do so at the Team Glen website.  Or if you’d like send a cheque (made out to the ALS Society of Saskatchewan), contact me for my mailing address.

The walk is happening on May 29, in just 9 days.

Pictures of Team Glen at last year’s Walk For ALS can be found here.

A good day to Walk for ALS

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

I’ve put some pictures of the 2009 Walk for ALS in a gallery.  Click on the Team Glen picture below for more pictures of the walk and of the time socializing afterwards.

Team Glen at the Prince Albert Walk for ALS, May 30, 2009

UPDATE: Team Glen raised a total of $6,016.50 for the fight against ALS.  A big thanks to the Team Glen members who walked and collected donations, and an equally big thanks to all who donated to the cause.

This made me smile

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Cousin Ken emailed me this picture today.

On the Berg Lake trail, Mount Robson, summer 1978

I can’t say that spending the summer of 1978 working on the drop sorter in a sawmill in Upper Fraser, B.C. was a high point of my life.  However a couple of weekend trips with guys from the sawmill, including my cousins Dave (holding the “Wanna Party?” sign in this picture) and Ken (he took the picture), gave me some good memories.

This picture was taken on a hiking trip to Berg Lake, one of the most popular hiking trails in the Canadian Rockies, along the flank of Mount Robson.  The woman and child were tourists from Germany.  As you can tell by their footwear, they didn’t hike the entire trail.  The little girl doesn’t seem to know what to think of this motley crew.

A house concert

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Smiles and laughter and pleasant times
There’s love in the world but it’s hard to find

(Bruce Cockburn – Festival of Friends)

This is a couple of days after the fact, but I just thought I’d mention that the concert that Janet and I went to on Saturday evening has hooked me on the concept of “house concerts”.   In terms of concert intimacy, they are the ultimate.

I won’t go into details about the house concert by Dale Nikkel and Kimbal Siebert because  Marc, Sharon, and Linea (the birthday girl) have already blogged about it.  Check out the links for their impressions.

Dale Nikkel and Kimbal Siebert - house concert in Prince Albert, 2009-03-14

(photo credit: Marc V.)

Thanks Greg

Monday, March 2nd, 2009


I wanted to let you know that I appreciated getting to know you in the year we worked together.  I think we hit it off well, having similar personalities and interests.

I ended up moving to Edmonton to get my degree, while you took a job somewhere somewhere in northern Saskatchewan – I think it was La Ronge – and we didn’t stay in touch.

I did eventually return your Van Morrison LPs to you.

I didn’t hear that you’d taken your own life until Mark moved to Edmonton and updated me on some of the old crew members.

I don’t know if I could have made any difference, but I wish you’d have called me up to talk about your demons.  I guess we never got to know each other well enough to have that level of trust.

Van Morrison’s “A Period Of Transition” is still one of my all-time favourite albums.  It still sounds as fresh as it did in 1979.  Thanks for your influence.

Your friend,


Forest Inventory Crew at Little Bear Lake, winter 1979-80

Forest Inventory Crew at Little Bear Lake, winter 1979-80 (click to enlarge)

Goodbyes said

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

After more than ten and a half years of serving Gateway Covenant Church, Pastor Randall, Lauralea and Micah are off to Alberta.  Although the big formal farewell event was held last Sunday, we had a last chance to say goodbye this morning.

I’m terrible at saying goodbye, as I am at anything that might involve showing emotion.  Curse this Norwegian reserve.

I wish I could be as expressive as Marc, Sharon, or  Linea.

Despite the lack of bear hugs, I will miss them.

Saying goodbye to Michel

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Farewell BBQ for MichelIt was back in early September, although it doesn’t seem that long, when Michel and Gerard started boarding with us. It’s been a good few months. I can’t say that my French has improved perceptibly, but their English skills have definitely improved.

This will be the last week of work for all the French monitors in the Saskatchewan school systems. Michel’s last day of work will be Wednesday, at which time he’ll be flying back to Québec (Gerard plans to stay around for awhile and look for other work).

To say goodbye to Michel, we had a few people over for a barbecue this evening. It was a fun time – Especially when the Congolese music CD started playing and Masa began singing along.

Then some younger soccer-playing friends dropped by and chatted awhile, and tried their hand on the trampoline.

I’m sure that Michel will be happy to be back with his family, but we will miss him.

Wedding of Johanna

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Yesterday Pastor Randall and Lauralea saw their eldest embark on a new life. When they moved to P.A., Johanna must have been approximately as old as our youngest daughter is now. Where do the years go?

The bride was beautiful, the groom seems like a fine young man, and the wedding ceremony was informal but well-crafted. Just a nice day.

Johanna and Nate, Randall and Lauralea