Blogs for Carlyle, Saskatchewan

1. We had a Santa Day at the theatre that featured a free movie, followed by a long line up to sit briefly on Santa's knee. We got a brown paper bag filled with candy...chocolates filled with creamed orange, raspberry and pineapple flavors, some hard candy, a candy cane and a fresh Christmas orange in green paper.  2. We prepared for months for the Christmas Play and Christmas Concert. We rehearsed songs while our teacher clunked out the tunes on a generations old upright piano, def... More...

Thursday December 21, 2017 01:29PM - 1 Comment(s)



It occurred to me this morning that in order to be willing to give to your community, one first has to feel that they have something to give, and that happens when your own needs are met. I believe that we are responsible for filling our own cups, to put the things in place that make a difference to ourselves. When asked, many people claim family is important. If importance is measured by the time spent though, I think most of us would find we prioritize poorly, spending far more time doi... More...

Thursday March 09, 2017 09:52AM - 0 Comment(s)



I have had the honor of knowing some fine women during my time. It seems like today would be the best time I could think of to introduce you to them. Let's start with the most obvious, my mother, Bea Paxman. She was tough, because she had to be. She worked hard, didn't like to cook or bake, didn't like to ride on tractors, and as far as I know was not one for helping on the farm. She had a wit though, sharp and bright like those little shiny metal tacks I used to pull out of my bare feet when... More...

Wednesday March 08, 2017 11:11AM - 0 Comment(s)



When you work from a home office, snow day has a different meaning than when one must commute. My morning started like most do, I get up at 5:30 a.m., do a little research, read and share the posts I like, stick my tongue out at the posts I think are stupid, scan the rest and drink at least two cups of coffee. This morning, it is Kick Ass...(the brand of coffee, not the motive)...and this morning most of the posts have to do with the weather. We are experiencing the worst blizzard of the... More...

Tuesday March 07, 2017 09:33AM - 0 Comment(s)



It takes so long in the grocery store because that seems to be where I catch up On where the Smith's went for holidays Or how much Rebecca's grown up Where artificial rain falls on the brocolli Where the yogurt's always on sale Where people ask me about the girls Next to ice cream that comes in a pail I still feel safe in my bed here The neighbors notice when I've been gone Sometimes they wheel the bins back up the drive When I've been gone too long And when I can, I make a ... More...

Monday March 06, 2017 02:01PM - 0 Comment(s)



The Simon Fraser University describes a sustainable community as one that uses its resources to meet current needs while ensuring adequate resources are available for future generations. Seems like a fair enough thing to want to do. The reality is, however, that many of our small towns are teetering on the brink of sustainability because they lack the resources to meet their current needs. They do not have adequate resources for right now. That means those communities are  going to have ... More...

Friday March 03, 2017 10:39AM - 0 Comment(s)



Step one, drive to Saskatoon, step 2 fly to Edmonton, step 3, fly to Toronto....step 4, in another couple of hours, I'm off to St. Clara, Cuba. Man, what a day that turned out to be....I'm tired...I wish I knew why it was booked that way, but I swear for the sake of a little more money...I would have taken the more expensive more direct route rather than take more than 24 hours to get anywhere.To be fair, I do get to spend the next week in Cuba. I shouldn't complain, and I know it...but my ba... More...

Friday February 17, 2017 07:02AM - 0 Comment(s)



As part of the MBA in Community Economic Development (CED) I've been taking, I get to go to Cuba for a course on Public Policy. I am grateful for the trip, but have to say, I'm not looking forward to the actual travel part...I drive to Saskatoon, and then fly to Edmonton, then to Toronto, then to Santa Clara. I leave today...and I arrive tomorrow afternoon. Still, I shall not complain! I doubt I would generate a whole bunch of sympathy. All the extra travel time means I get to arrive somewhat... More...

Thursday February 16, 2017 07:41AM - 0 Comment(s)



Apples to oranges...that is the comparison we make when we compare what we pay for taxes, with what 'they' pay for taxes in other larger towns. I have been to a few meetings, and we all know the person who prefaces their complaints with "I PAY TAXES" as a way of pointing out their entitlement. While being a tax payer does indeed entitle a person to a spot in the municipal chain...and I fully agree that one has not only the right, but the responsibility to take part in the proce... More...

Wednesday February 15, 2017 02:10PM - 0 Comment(s)



by Lorri Matthewson, Owner of Solomon~Matthewson Consulting (edited and published in SUMA's publication When analyzing the assets of a community, a good developer along with Council and community, look at ways to support local business, bring in new business, support culture and recreation, increase tourism, and engage the community.  In order to help build a community, we need to work with the community to get a handle on their unique assets so that we can help support their growth b... More...

Thursday December 15, 2016 10:45AM - 0 Comment(s)



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