A fortieth to remember →  October 25, 2010

That was the promise of an idea that was hatched six months ago: to throw a party to celebrate a birthday and create memories and re-connections that will last a lifetime. Milestone birthdays, I felt in my heart, should be as much about “being” as they are about “having”. So for LA’s fortieth, we aimed to [...]

Palter family vacation →  August 27, 2010

For the first time since moving out west, we have had a Palter family vacation. Figuring that now that we were only 13 hours apart by car (only?), we planned to meet brother Frank and his family somewhere between Edmonton and Vancouver. We decided on Kelowna. Well, actually La Casa Resort and Cottages, near Fintry, BC. We [...]

West to BC – a road trip →  August 25, 2010

By popular demand, I am posting pictures from the first days of our first western road trip. After dropping Maddy and Mackenzie at the airport last Wednesday morning, Ben and Ella and I headed south toward Calgary before turning off at Red Deer and driving west toward Rock Mountain House, AB. I wanted to see what [...]

The 15 second warning →  August 25, 2010

Anyone who has taken a road trip with kids knows this scenario. One moment, everything seems hunky-dorry, then wham-o…someone isn’t feeling so well. I call it the 15 second warning. Here’s how it goes: “Dad, I’m not feeling well.” 14, 13, 12… “Are you going to throw up?” I ask from the driver’s seat. 10, 9, 8, 7… “I just need [...]

The joy of three →  August 23, 2010

The summer has been busy and more challenging for my regular blogging activities. As the weather warmed and more of each day was spent outdoors or on the road, sitting in front of the computer has been tougher. We’ve been on the road this past week, driving from Edmonton to Lake Louise, then onto Kamloops for [...]

You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone →  July 23, 2010

My first trip back to Toronto, my hometown of 46 years, has certainly been an interesting experience in contrasts over the past week. The old familiar streets and neighbourhoods are here, but there are new developments. And the old construction projects are now finished and looking like new, while completely new projects are being started. When [...]

Back in Southern Ontario →  July 20, 2010

We are back in Ontario for our first extended visit since moving west last summer. In a way, it feels like we haven’t been gone a year. Familiar places, familiar faces. Some new construction and some new destruction, but it all feels very familiar. Our first day trip was down to the Beaches. I have always loved [...]

Longing for warm breezes and swaying palms →  April 9, 2010

We are back in Edmonton. And Edmonton weather is back. Freezing rain and snow greeted us last night and this morning – 10-15 cm of the stuff just the northeast of the city. I was asked today how I like Edmonton. I paused and said, rather unconvincingly, sure. Yeah. I like Edmonton. Just not as much [...]

Joshua Tree with my entourage →  April 5, 2010

“What do you want to do today?” This was my first question this morning as we awoke. “Maybe we should go to Joshua Tree today,” LA responded. Yes! Two hours later I had them all in the car, a picnic lunch packed and U2 playing on the ipod as we drove along Interstate 10 toward the south entrance [...]

Quaking in my trunks →  April 4, 2010

We are all safe and well having made it through our first earthquake. Reportedly centered in Mexico, we felt it very strongly as we sat by the pool late today enjoying the afternoon sun. Linda was in the pool with Ben and Ella. The ground felt like it was swaying on water – not rumbling [...]