Posts By: Hazel Anaka

Hazel Anaka

From Where I Sit—Sweet Precious Sleep

Have you ever suffered sleep disturbance because of a mind heavy with thought?  The thoughts may be disturbing if the underlying issue is serious.  If someone is worried about a dire diagnosis, job security, money trouble, cracks in a relationship, or the perennial favourite—the meaning of life—the angst is real.  The thoughts that consume us… Read more »

From Where I Sit—The Real Question

Regular readers of this column know I very seldom name names.  I’ve always felt my immediate family is fair game but anyone else is off limits.  This time that changes. A bit of backstory.  From Where I Sit first appeared in a local weekly newspaper in April 2002.  A few months later when it became… Read more »

From Where I Sit—All is Good

For most of us the ability to travel by air is a treat and a blessing.  We’re not required to do so for high-powered careers or trans-continental love affairs.  We’re usually heading out on vacation and already in a good frame of mind. Oh, sure we get ticked off by the high ticket prices, the… Read more »

From Where I Sit—Unpack and Examine

“Warm, funny…unbearably moving.”  Such is just some of the high praise for Fredrik Backman’s debut novel, A Man Called Ove.   Like one of life’s sweetest surprises, I stumbled on this book entirely by accident.  During a visit to the Canmore library I checked out the book sale rack.  I was drawn to the book’s somewhat… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Focus Vault

At a recent conference, speaker Curt Steinhorst’s keynote address was called Thriving in the Age of Distraction.  He’s a talented guy that I’ve had the pleasure of hearing before, and this time was no exception.  Not only is his material fact-based, but he offers simple solutions to keep this from being “just another speech.” Regrettably,… Read more »

From Where I Sit – It Ain’t Over til it’s Over

The delayed start to harvest has afforded a couple of unexpected benefits. I’ve often coveted the promise implicit in those idyllic images of stylish families walking down lanes covered with gorgeous fallen leaves. Of course, the people are sporting worn jeans, cozy burgundy knits, plaids in some iteration, and smiles of contentment. They are walking… Read more »

From Where I Sit – The Privilege

All over Alberta campaign signs are sprouting like spring dandelions. Newspaper editors are rubbing their hands gleefully at the thought of four or more weeks of ad sales. Print shops are seeing an uptick in business as even the least engaged candidates attempt to create campaign materials. The size of community and what’s at stake… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Been There, Done That

For the first time in forty-two years I attended Edmonton’s Heritage Festival. In the past I considered and then dismissed the idea of going. It’s so big, it’s so far, and it’s so hard to get to were the worrying deterrents. It’ll probably be too hot. Or it might pour. There’s a lot to see… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Sad and Troubling

On Saturday night, we attended a sixty-fifth birthday party for our brother-in-law. It was a fun shindig because it happened at a wooded, eighty-acre parcel of land my sister and brother-in-law and her adult children bought a year ago. It has a collection of outbuildings and power pedestals for campers to plug into. With a… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Gotta Love It

It’s no secret I love words. I know they can be used to inform or mislead, to uplift or destroy, to amuse or annoy, to clarify or obfuscate. A hundred years ago when I was an elected official, I believed that if I chose the right words, tried different ways of saying something, spoke at… Read more »