Author Archives: Al Doerksen

About Al Doerksen

I'm sort of a vocational tramp; my working career divides about evenly between non-profit and the business worlds. I have lived in Mexico, India, Germany and Canada, and now USA. I've had the good fortune to travel to 90 countries of which at least half are developing countries. The last 25 years of my "career" have involved significant (and enjoyable) international management challenges: travel industry, furniture manufacturing, food (aid) programming and ultraviolet water treatment among others. I'm now leading a development enterprise called IDE.

Visual CV – Who am I?

A friend, Timothy Neesam introduced me to the notion of contemplative photography via Kim Manley Ort. One of her ideas is to create a visual CV. It’s an interesting notion: a visual response to a series of questions about oneself.  Without further … Continue reading

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Having visited a few of the washrooms at John Bergen’s City Cafes in Kitchener & Cambridge I already knew that Bob was an accomplished model, so when el esposo de la prima de mi esposa (the husband of my wife’s … Continue reading

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Engaging Strangers

One thousand days ago I started posting a single photo (blip) daily to a global site in which users ran journals, attracted friends and became part of a global virtual community.  Getting these 1000 photos (each taken on the day … Continue reading

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Crossing the border

We were walking along US Mexico border wall just east of Douglas, AZ.  We were headed up a small hill for a better vantage point, we could see a Border Patrol truck sitting at the top.  As we neared the … Continue reading

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Full Frame Photography

It’s been two years since I started posting a daily photo; in all cases a photo taken on the day it was posted.  I am gratified to have well over 200,000 views of these nearly 720 images.  [Most days I … Continue reading

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Get a World View

Since I last wrote about my daily “blipping” activity, we have relocated from Mexico to Colorado where we sold our home, and then carried on to Waterloo, Ontario.  We are missing Mexico, and are certainly missing Colorado big time, but … Continue reading

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Sombreros and stilettos

So we’re back in one of our favorite (and warmest) Nafta countries – Mexico – and my daily “blipping” has continued.  Over 300 entries so far with nearly 80,000 views.  Zihuatanejo is just a little part of the Mexican cosmos … Continue reading

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