The Paint Specks

Our old kitchen table was covered in microscopic specks of paint. I hadn’t noticed them for months. Yet, when I did, I spent the better part of an afternoon trying to clean them off.

I shared all about this evil afternoon several months back

Shortly after reading that Saturday Morning Story my wife confessed: “In my defense: I noticed them and tried to clean them, but they were oil-based paint.”

Well, that’s great.

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Artist Spotlight: Connie Osgood

I chatted with Connie Osgood recently. Being a retired teacher, she was succinct with her words. I supposed you have to be to be able to keep the attention of kids… and interviewers.

I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did in interviewing her.

[Featured Artwork: “Out Of The Blue” by Connie Osgood.]

Connie Osgood
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The Crazy Train — Pt. 2

We found the ever-elusive parking spot in the outdoor lot and climbed out of the car. Immediately, both kids began a game to see who could contract the most diseases by touching every metal signpost, fire hydrant, bike rack, and garbage can in sight. 

At least they weren’t licking them. 

Never mind. Spoke to soon. 

After I finished laying down the ground rules — touching ok, licking not — we continued our adventure to find my artist wife’s white tent in a sea of white, art-fair tents. 

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Artist Spotlight: John Labots

Chatting with Edmonton-based fine artist John Labots will take you places you never thought you’d go. It will force you to reflect on and ponder some of the many things you take for granted in life.

And that’s a good thing.

I hope you enjoy our unique conversation as much I did.

[Featured Artwork: “Tell-Industria” by John Labots.]

John Labots
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The Top Five

This post marks the one-year anniversary for this website. Instead of writing a new story, I thought it would be interesting to reflect back on the last year of Saturday Morning Stories.

I’ve written 50 stories over the past year (I took one week off and this week would have been 52). I’ve enjoyed writing them, but there are certainly stories that stick out more than others in my mind.

So, here is a list of my top five stories from the last year (in alphabetical order) and why I enjoyed the story so much.

If you haven’t read any the stories on this list, I encourage you to do so as a starting point for catching up. And, if you have already read some or all of them, I encourage you to re-read them. I’m sure you’ll discover a new detail you missed the first time.

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Artist Spotlight: Brie Adkins

It was a pleasure to chat with Calgary-raised artist Brie Adkins.

You might be tempted to call her the Mural Queen of Entwistle — the town of about 400 in west-central Alberta — given how many she’s painted in town in her nearly seven years living there.

But she’s so much more than that and I hope our chat demonstrates that!

[Featured Artwork: Evansburg mural by Brie Adkins.]

Brie Adkins
(and son)
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