Peace of Mind

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Boston is one of my all-time favourite bands. I only need listen to any one of their CDs if I want to retreat to a heavenly place. How that works is still a mystery to me... somehow their powerful and colourfully layered guitar riffs, strong vocal harmonies, and penetrative lyrics about life and love always whisk me far away from the static and complexity of life.

This morning I put on Boston's debut album, cranked the stereo, closed my eyes and found myself as I'd anticipated, in a place where I'm able to make out the whispers of my heart, and reconnect with the faith that sustains me, knowing that if I look ahead at what Hope promises is yet to come - far beyond today's noise and distractions - and cling tightly to everything I believe in, I find moments of what I seek.



Peace of Mind - Boston

Now if you're feelin' kinda low 'bout the dues you've been paying
Future's coming much too slow
And you wanna run but somehow you just keep on stayin'
Can't decide on which way to go
Yeah, yeah, yeah

I understand about indecision
But I don't care if I get behind
People livin' in competition
All I want is to have my peace of mind.

Now you're climbin' to the top of the company ladder
Hope it doesn't take too long
Can'tcha see there'll come a day when it won't matter
Come a day when you'll be gone

I understand about indecision
But I don't care if I get behind
People livin' in competition
All I want is to have my peace of mind.

Take a look ahead, take a look ahead, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah...

Now everybody's got advice they just keep on givin'
Doesn't mean too much to me
Lots of people out to make-believe they're livin'
Can't decide who they should be

I understand about indecision
But I don't care if I get behind
People livin' in competition
All I want is to have my peace of mind.

Take a look ahead, take a look ahead. Look ahead...


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The soul's secret signature

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Earth Sunrise

While doing a study on 'desire' I came upon this quote by CS Lewis. Its depiction that we all share this deep longing - and it not being sated in this lifetime - completely seized my heart. Could this be the reason we are so driven, embracing many forms of distraction and substitutes - often at our own peril - and why many are now looking beyond the physical to the spiritual?

Perhaps this intense yearning is a gift that reminds us of a time and place where we were truly complete, full of love, joy, peace, lacking nothing, living life as it was intended: in Paradise conversing and walking along side the magnificence and brilliance of our great Creator. Perhaps it is intended to guide us back to that one thing we were made for all along, the glory of Eden, a new Jerusalem... home.

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10 outdated web design trends

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Website design trends move at neck-breaking speed. This is due to the rapid advancement of technology, and a new generation of users who are extremely web savvy, described by some as having short attention spans and evolved expectations of instant gratification. The truth is, we are all becoming conditioned to function this way in an attempt to keep up with our fast-paced world. This evolution has greatly influenced our website design strategies.

Additionally, as the eternally restless creative types, website designers like to try new things and go where no man has gone before. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

To better connect with our users, we've had to make a huge shift from "look at these cool effects" to masterfully blending technology, psychology, art and science. This new design strategy is at the core of "User Centered Design" and "User Experience". Both focus on the users' expectations and quality of website experience, and strive to come up with new and innovative methods for capturing and maintaining a visitor's interest and loyalty.

While much can be said about the myriad of design elements required to produce a compelling website, there are a few really easy tell-tale signs that your website is out-dated and ready for a refreshing makeover.

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HRC Construction

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Mark Reid from HRC Construction contacted JenTekk to build a new website for them. Their existing website had been built years ago, and since then, they'd changed their logo and brand, and wanted their new site to reflect these changes.

They also had been taking photos of their projects, and wanted to present them on the website.

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HRC Construction website - Before

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HRC Construction website - After

The final product uses: Joomla 3.3, Warp template framework, UIKit, has a sticky horizontal menu bar, is responsive / mobile-friendly back-end and front-end, and uses Widgetkit for the Home page slideshow and Projects photo gallery.

The new site reflects their new brand, renders beautifully on mobile devices, and serves as a great online resume for the company.

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2014 Kids SRC - Funny Business

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The 2014 Kids Summer Reading Club (SRC) - themed "Funny Business" - is in full swing now!

The Kids SRC is designed to get children reading, with the use of a fun theme, posters, stickers, a reading record, bookmarks, completion medals, and novelty items. In addition each year they have a new designed website offering 7 quizzes (1 for each week of the program) word puzzles, and fun games.

Kids Summer Reading Club 2014

This year's artist is Jeremy Tankard. Jeremy attended the Alberta College of Art & Design where he studied drawing and print-making. His early career focused on editorial illustrations for publications such as Time magazine, Fortune, The New York Times, Guitar Player, Royal Bank, and The Globe & Mail. However, when his daughter Hermione became a toddler, Jeremy found himself reading stacks of picture books and was reminded of the main reason he had wanted to attend art school in the first place - to create picture books!

Thank you!

A BIG thanks to BC Library Association for the opportunity, yet again. It's always a great experience working with you and so rewarding to be a part of helping our kids improve their reading skills.

The 2014 Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association and your local public library with the assistance of Libraries and Literacy, Ministry of Education.

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Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism

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JenTekk has been assisting the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM) with website support and consulting services since 2011. Last winter we determined it was time to upgrade their existing site.

CSEM's site was running on Joomla 1.0 which had reached its end-of-life years ago, leaving it completely outdated and vulnerable. We concluded it would be best to move CSEM to the latest stable release of Joomla 3.x - a fully Bootstrap responsive platform with enhanced functionality.

The update also included a more modern and polished look and feel for the CSEM website. The new site - built with Warp template framework - includes Font Awesome and UIkit, and is responsive / mobile-friendly back-end and front-end.

The new site retained CSEM's brand and colours, only with a cleaner & roomier feel, and updated content formatting. Oh and did we mention it also functions wonderfully on all mobile devices?!

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Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism website

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Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism website

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Green Acres Pet Care Centre

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JenTekk was hired to update the Green Acres Pet Care's website. It was originally built in 2008 using WordPress - however after some discussion we decided to not only update the site's look & feel, but also move it onto Joomla CMS.

In addition to moving their website onto a more robust platform, JenTekk also assisted with their new brand (logo) development and updates to content and information architecture.

The final product uses: Joomla 3, Gantry template framework, is responsive / mobile-friendly back-end and front-end, and uses ChronoForms by ChronoEngine for the Request a Reservation booking form.

The new site looks modern, functions wonderfully on mobile devices, and offers visitors more information and ways to go about booking kennel reservations for their pet.

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Green Acres Pet Care website

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Green Acres Pet Care website

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