Trackers

Data. Data. Data. It’s no secret that I’m a list person. Having a smartphone makes it incredibly easy to meaningfully keep track of things. Here are a few of the apps I use regularly. Untappd For quite a while I used Beer Buddy to log my beer exploits. The app became buggy, so on Jasen’s … [Read more…]

Edgemont Hills and Ravines

We take a hike in Calgary a couple weeks ago based on a trail in the book Calgary’s Best Walks by Lori Beattie. Amber decides on Edgemont Hills and Ravines which takes us just north of where we live. We climb up to the ridge on the prairie scrub, golden grasses dotted with glistening violet crocuses. … [Read more…]

In the Air in a Cessna C-172

A couple weeks ago my longtime friend Jeff “no relation” Robichaud took me up in a Cessna west of Calgary. Jeff and I have known each other since 1983. All those years, he’s demonstrated that he likes to master things. I think getting his pilot’s license a few years back is a vestige of having … [Read more…]

The Ambiguous Case of the Sine Law

Because the sine of angles between 0º and 180º is cyclical, in some occasions when calculating an angle of a non-right triangle using the sine law it is possible to produce two different solutions. The title of the grade 11 trigonometry lesson, “The Ambiguous Case of the Sine Law,” has always struck me as the possible title of a … [Read more…]

Twin Toddlers

My nephews at 21 months. I had not visited them since their first couple weeks. I am fascinated by their differences and their energy and their freshness. Aari is chubbier, relaxed, thoughtful. Beau is slight, dizzying, curious. Beau falls. Aari gives him his soother.

40

Forty years ago, with the assistance of a midwife, a small teenage girl in an off-grid log house built by her new husband gives birth to a healthy boy with a full moon in the sky and and love The young parents nurture the infant into a curious, thoughtful boy and give him two sisters to love. Together they attend church … [Read more…]

Plans for 2016

I’ve heard it said that it is proud to make plans since we could drop dead at any time or circumstances could thwart those plans or recognizing that good intentions don’t always lead to the best results. But recognizing all the things that could go sideways, plans can be grounded in hope, be buoyed in … [Read more…]

2015 in Review

Best Experiences: Witnessing the growth and maturity of my amazing children. Attending the Osheaga Music Festival with Blaise. Cycling the Lachine Canal with my family. Tracking down Heady Topper with April in Vermont. Studying through mathematical software and proofs during my first semester as a masters student. Racing from my job interview at CCS to get to … [Read more…]