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Leo Paré

I’m leaving newspapers, but the ink stains linger

After 10-plus years in the newspaper business, my career is headed in a curious new direction.

Last week, I accepted a marketing and communications position with an established Central Alberta oilfield contracting company — and life has been a bit of whirlwind ever since.

Changing jobs is scary enough, never mind changing industries.

It’s taken a long time for the reality to set in. I’m bracing for a few months of intense personal and professional change.

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My first Father’s Day as a father

I awoke Sunday morning with the feeling I was being watched.

Still foggy with sleep, I looked to my left and saw the gleaming blue eyes of my three-month-old son Grayson staring at me. My wife, Amanda, had him propped up on her pillow in anticipation of me waking up to my first Father’s Day as an honest-to-goodness daddy.

“Hey dude,” I said, and he replied with a happy gurgling sound and an ear-to-ear grin.

I couldn’t imagine a better way to start that day — or any day, really.

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Falcon Cam the ultimate reality show

I’ve developed a mild obsession recently.

Over the past week, I’ve taken in so much information on peregrine falcons that I’ve started to forget other stuff.

In March, we at the Advocate newsroom heard about the Red Deer River Naturalist’s ambitious plans to place a webcam in the famous falcon nest in the Highland Green Telus tower.

From the moment the cam went live in mid April, my colleagues and I were hooked.

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