Clark’s Crossing Gazette picks up newspaper awards

Wayne Shiels’ photo of the mutton-busting event at the 2017 Delisle Rodeo won 1st Place for ‘Best People Photo’ at the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association awards last weekend

The Clark’s Crossing Gazette received a total of 13 awards, including three first-place honours, at the 2018 Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association (SWNA) Better Newspapers Competition. Continue reading “Clark’s Crossing Gazette picks up newspaper awards”

‘Personality and pizza in 30 minutes or less?’ Moving beyond introvert-extrovert labels

People don’t typically walk around with labels on their chest stating who or what they are. But in our interactions with others, we often do exactly that. We slap labels on people and never let them take them off.

Like introvert or extrovert for example. I’ve heard these terms discussed from time to time, often with frustration or resignation. I haven’t personally come across anyone who loves these labels, who is thrilled to be classified in these ways. Yet we behave as if these concepts will be here for all time. I’ve never been a total convert.

Our culture is saturated with references to these personality types. We see articles on the latest interpretation of introverts and extroverts, some of which hint at the wish to be free from these limiting categories.

Increasingly, authors are tackling the topic. Continue reading “‘Personality and pizza in 30 minutes or less?’ Moving beyond introvert-extrovert labels”

COLUMN: ‘Life’s too short to fold your underwear’

Folding underwear is seldom a big production in my world, hardly more exalted than a brief movement from dryer to drawer.

The real appeal behind this amusing book title is the instant, reflexive and light-weight assessment of time priorities it triggers. Life’s too short for a lot of things. But which things?

In this culture of efficiency, minimalism and mindfulness, we face competing priorities. We are simultaneously commanded both to speed up and slow down.

Efficiency, the source of accelerated activity, is king. The wheels of capitalism turn on ever-greater efficiencies. Efficiency is both seducer and tyrant. Continue reading “COLUMN: ‘Life’s too short to fold your underwear’”