What’s going on here?


So, I haven’t exactly been burning the place up with posts these days. The reason is that I’m distracted by other work. I’m working on the Comox Valley Social Planning Society’s (CVSPS) 2013 Quality of Life (QofL) report. It’s the fourth report to come out since 2002. This is a major undertaking and is taking up a lot of my time. I’m doing the work pro bono which I feel is OK since I’m retired from teaching and want to keep my hand in the research side of my career. I’m generally inclined to get paid for what I do, but this is an exception to my rule. Along with my work on the QofL report I’m also involved in the Comox Valley Housing Task Force on the Future Directions Committee. I post occasionally on my ‘homelessness’ blog (rogeralbert.org) if you want to see what I’m up to in this field of interest I have. And I want to continue to paint, draw and sculpt. Carolyn, meanwhile, would have enough work to keep me busy in the gardens here for the whole summer along with the fact that there seems to be an endless, renewable source of chores to do and little tasks I need to accomplish as time goes by. And I need to keep fit! Today that meant a 5 kilometre walk (a short one today) followed by a 45 minute workout in the gym this afternoon. That, in a nutshell, is why I’ve been neglecting this blog. That doesn’t mean I’m disinterested in the topics I bring up here. On the contrary, the last one I raised is very close to my heart and I will pursue it with vigour once some of these other projects are out of the way, especially the QofL report. If you’re interested, the last QofL report is available on the CVSPS website: http://cvsocialplanning.ca. I recruited a few of my students a few years ago to work on the last report. This one is mine to do. It’s a good thing I have been able to recruit some very competent help for the ‘data collection’ end of things. I’ll still do the writing and editing, but I’ll need a lot of help to gather the information needed to get this thing off the ground.
So that’s what I’m up to for the moment. Things can change. BTW, check out my art blog too: http://rogeralbert.blogspot.com. I posted a couple of pieces I recently completed for a fundraiser. Check them out.

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