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Author: Mark Blevis

Interview with Dewitt Jones

One of my favourite lessons taught by Dewitt Jones is to study your tools and how to use them so you can capture the extraordinary no matter which tool happens to be in your hand at the time.  Dewitt knows this well.  His extraordinary photographs have graced pages and covers of National Geographic magazine for seventeen years. I had the privilege to meet and speak with Dewitt at a small private event designed to create a space for conversation.  The conversations hinged on creativity, curiosity and the extraordinary. Show ID and intro Interview with Dewitt Jones Play in new...

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Interview with Hugh Brewster

A new all-ages book by historian and author, Hugh Brewster, explores the valour and determination of the Canadian forces as one problem after another stacked against them for the raid on German forces at Dieppe.  His book includes details on the planning and execution of the raid, as well as the incredible stories of survival of Canadian soldiers that became German prisoners — several of whom escaped through (patiently) hand dug tunnels. Show ID and intro Interview with Hugh Brewster Dieppe on Wikipedia Vimy Ridge on Wikipedia Gallipoli on Wikipedia Relevant books by Hugh Brewster: Dieppe: Canada’s Darkest Day of World War II At Vimy Ridge: Canada’s Greatest World War I Victory On Juno Beach: Canada’s D-Day Heroes Listen to more with Hugh Brewster on Photo of Hugh Brewster from Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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The Leadership Summit 2009: Leaders and Followers

We tend to be myopic when we face challenges — it’s much more comfortable to focus inwards.  Leaders are no exception.  So, when leaders talk about thinking out of the box, they should be first in line. This concept has been embraced by Bill Hybels who founded The Leadership Summit fifteen years ago.  While the event has faith-based overtones, the concepts that are discussed are relevant to leaders of any community.  In fact, this year’s program included Chip and Dan Heath, David Gergen, Bono and Tony Blair. Show ID and Intro Taber Bucknell James Drew Gina Pastor Dave Kornelsen Julie Osborne …and several anonymous contributors Relevant links: My blog post about The Leadership Summit The Leadership Summit 2009 Growing Leadership Willow Creek Community Church Cedarview Alliance Church Special thanks to Lois Warren for all of her logistical help. Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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Bye, bye

In response to Amazon’s decision (something they’ve called a “glitch” in their swift and misguided damage control campaign) to remove books about gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transsexual lifestyles from their ranking system (both adult and children’s literature), I have joined a growing number of people who have removed all of the links to books and other merchandise sold by from their sites. You will no longer find links to on this site.  I encourage you to make your online purchases from an online retailer of your choice.  For books, I recommend both Powell’s Books and...

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Commentary on the Remembrance Day episode

I’ve published commentary on the Remembrance Day episode on my blog site, In the commentrary I talk being fearless in gathering ‘streeters’, scraping ceremonial coverage from the radio, getting permission to use music by Bryan Adams and The Duhks, and making audio elements fit together tightly like an elaborate puzzle. Relevant links: The Remembrance Day...

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