Oct 12

What are you thankful for today?

Thanksgiving is originally a day to be thankful for a good harvest and the blessings of the past year. 

On January 31, 1957, a proclamation was issued stating Thanksgiving was to be “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed.”[1]

What am I thankful for today? 

5 Things I’m Thankful For

  • Faith
  • Family
  • Food
  • Water
  • Freedom

Thanksgiving isn’t about football! This is a time to be thankful for the abundance you have been blessed with in this life. As Canadians, it’s easy to take for granted our farmers who feed us and the water this country has been blessed with. So many countries can’t even trust the water from their kitchen taps. Just ask the student who stayed with and was amazed we would even consider drinking tap water. And freedom? Just ask migrants from around the world who come here if they would rather go back to where they came from.

What are you thankful for today-

 

(A special thank you to April and Andy from http://beatthebanks.com for this photo and for helping us with re-arranging finances to make it a little easier to take the time to enjoy our home and this beautiful world that surrounds us.)

Why say what I’m thankful for?

This is a short blog because I just wanted to say thanks. If you have been reading my blogs for any time you will note that I sign off each one with three things I’m thankful for that day. Some are trivial, some are major. By ending the blog and starting my day that way, I focus on the positive and that “infects” the rest of the day.

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for Canadian Tire. I’m thankful for wrenches. I’m thankful it was a beautiful sunny day.

What are you thankful for today?

1Description of Thanksgiving in Canada from Wikipedia.


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Oct 10

Loss of a child: Five years later, life goes on.

The loss of a child is one of the worst things that can happen. When do you “get over it”?

Never. You never get over the loss of a child, but you do get through it.

Loss of a child.

The loss of a child disturbs our perception of “the natural order of things”.

Who’s loss is it?

We lost our son when God called him home. His journey was prolonged and painful but he was so strong as he battled for his life. We chose to believe it’s our loss, not our son’s. If you are a believer, you have to accept he is where he should be. He’s in a better place. By the way, it’s OK for me to say that as a parent who has lost a child, but I wouldn’t recommend a comment like that to another grieving parent, especially when the pain is new and overwhelming. I couldn’t have said those words five years ago.

The Journey

graphic of cancer cellsOur son was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. Apparently less than 1% of 1% of all cancers. My wife called me about seven years ago asking me to come and take him to the hospital. He was having chest pains and having difficulty getting his breath. He was 22 years old. After hours of sitting in emergency, they finally took him in and it took until the next day to determine he was bleeding internally. The next day, he was transferred to a regional hospital with more expertise in Thoracic surgery.

When the surgeon opened his chest, he discovered a tumor the size of a plum. The surgeon was concerned that it was very likely cancer and how bad this one was. We came home and both of us had laptop computers and started researching in the hopes of finding positive outcomes. After 10-15 minutes, we both turned off the computers. Almost everything we read pointed to negative outcomes. Few articles we read pointed to more than 3-6 months.

Picture of young man in hospital with daughter after loss of his lung.Medical professionals had to remove another tumor that had regrown and our son went through multiple sessions of chemo-therapy in the first year. Doctors advised his treatments would likely have killed most people, About 6 months in, our son had a lung removed to get at more cells and clear the path for radiation in addition to more chemo. Around July of 2010, there were new tumors in his head. The cancer had spread and was now starting to cause so much more pain. His mother took him into emergency to treat pain and consider further options. That’s they day he turned to his mother and said he just didn’t want to do any more.

Five Years Later

Oh, I forgot to tell you, his daughter was three when he was first diagnosed with cancer. Not only were parents losing a child, a child was losing a parent. I have to say, we weren’t feeling God’s love at the time.

Luckily, a friend convinced my wife to go with her to Connexus, a “church for un-churched people”. Whatever she heard that day resonated with her and she continued. Eventually, I started going with her. It’s my belief that God was making us aware He was walking with us through this journey and regardless of our how much we believed we hated him for taking our son, His love would help us get through this pain and life would continue.

We came to accept the inevitable outcome and recognize the importance of remembering there three other children and a grand child that needed us to love and support them as they experienced this journey in their own way. Everyone grieves differently.

Our loss November 26, 1986 - October 10, 2010

About six months after our son died, the other kids started getting back to living their lives. I think this was after they decided Mom and Dad were OK. One left to start her career as a high school teacher. Another left for University out west where she certified to teach kyaking and climbing. The youngest moved to Montreal in the hopes of learning French.

Five years later, we all choose to live life each and every day. We don’t know when we will run out of time. The death of our son made us understand that every second of every day is precious. My wife and I also believe that we have a responsibility to show others that regardless of challenges we face, God is with us and you will get through. Eventually. Timing and paths are different for everyone.

We will never get over the loss of our son. We got and continue to get through. He is a part of who each of us are. In that way, he will live forever. 

Five years later, the sun rises each day. OK, sometimes it hides behind clouds! It reminds us that there is much to do. I always say “any time I’m on the top side of the daisies, it’s a great day”!

Whatever you are facing this day, my prayers are with you.

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for you taking the time to listen. I’m thankful for the support of my wonderful family. I’m thankful for a beautiful reminder of our son, our granddaughter.

What are you thankful for today?

Sep 19

You’re a great teacher! Now, can you teach the teachers?

You studied hard and you have become a great teacher in your MLM business. Now it’s time to teach the teachers!

Becoming a Great Teacher

When you join a Multi-level Marketing (MLM) business, the first thing you need to do is learn how to teach others to do what was done to you. How do you do that?

5 Things to do and become a great teacher.

  1. Attend the regular business briefings.
  2. Attend the regular training sessions.
  3. Attend the special monthly/quarterly/annual events.
  4. Seek opportunities for personal development.
  5. Read 10 pages of a good book every day.

The main reason to join a MLM opportunity is because they have taken the time to develop solid systems. Are you willing to follow the leader?

Live eventBy attending regular meetings and special events, you will be exposed to people who have traveled the path before you and helped to develop the ongoing training and tools provided by your company. You will be exposed to great leaders that you can model and learn from. The real challenge is that leaders have a hard time learning to follow. In order to have the next leaders follow your path, you need to show them how it’s done. 

To be truly successful in business, you need to leverage the efforts of others. The flip side is that you have to accept that others are leveraging you and that’s OK. Rather than resenting the success of those who have gone before you, watch and listen to how they developed their business. Ask them for advice and guidance. True leaders love to help others succeed. Will you let them help you?

Don’t just learn how to sell your product or service. Learn how to teach others to do what you did, just like someone did for you. Become a human developer. 

There will be naysayers and dream stealers in your path. Don’t let those crabs pull you down. Show your followers how to find their happy place and stay focused on taking their business to the next level.

Becoming the Teacher’s Teacher

You are a great teacher! Your business has some legs and your team is productive. Now, how do you take it to the next level? You become the teacher’s teacher.

Not everyone in your organization is going to be a great leader or teacher. Remember the 80/20 rule. Twenty percent of your team will produce eighty percent of your income. Conversely, the other 80% of your people will produce 20% of your income. This is where you need to understand how to apply leverage. When you create leverage, it buys you freedom.

Identify the 20% of your team that will be the next leaders. You will know them by their ability to be self motivated and their ability to stay positive. These are the people who are willing to learn and want to teach.

Find mentors and other human developers to work with you and help you teach the teachers. Develop that next group of leaders who you can help to achieve their dreams. Teach them to teach their teams to develop and grow their own teams. Pay it forward!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for each new sunrise. I’m thankful for the people who have touched my life. I’m thankful for opportunities to grow.

What are you thankful for today?

 


 

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Sep 12

You show great leadership! Is your leadership unbiased?

Great leadership is as unbiased as possible. In order to demonstrate that, we need to recognize our own biases. I’m willing to bet you didn’t think you had any. I know I do. How do we manage that?

What do you mean I’m biased?!

I have yet to meet a leader without bias. That doesn’t mean they let bias get in their way or cause tension and harm for others.

social-media-550766_1280We all view the different world through different lenses. Your lens is a filter based on your individual life experience. Some examples may be, and these are only a few:

  • Birthplace
  • Culture
  • Socioeconomic
  • Faith
  • Education

The combination of your life experiences create personal bias. What we do with them makes a difference and we need to recognize how those biases change as we learn and grow. This directly affects our leadership whether it’s conscious or unconscious. Great leadership pays attention to the tension.

Birthplace

What does where you were born have to do with anything? Consider someone born in a very cold climate like northern Canada. When you live somewhere that it’s difficult to grow fruits and vegetables, it’s likely  your diet will contain a lot more fish and meat. Your body will likely need more food to assist with being in a more physical environment and help you stay warm. You will develop a bias to a higher protein diet. Move to Mexico and you’ll have a harder time finding meat. I suspect you will think they are crazy for some of the things they eat. That’s a bias.

Culture

With our global community today, we are exposed to many different cultures. Some are political based. Some may be more affected by faith and physical environment. For example, my experience in Greece and Italy many years ago, was they place much more value on home and family than business or work. Could this be related to a great disparity between rich and poor? When people come here from other countries, I believe we are perceived as greedy money worshipers. That’s a bias, and maybe one of my own.

Socioeconomic

Family fighting over assets.We are lucky in North America that we have a much larger much larger middle class but there are definitely multiple divisions here and I believe we underestimate how that affects bias. I was driving in the neighbourhood where I grew up when my son asked “Dad, is this the ghetto?”. When I was growing up there, I never saw it that way and actually had a few discussions with my wife about it not being a bad neighbourhood. Thinking back, there were multiple gangs, vandalism and times when most people wouldn’t even consider walking some of those streets late at night. Because of where he grew up, he would not likely consider that neighbourhood for his kids. He has a bias.

Where we raised our children is a very middle class neighbourhood. Their experience here means they expect a little more out of life. They see more opportunity. They don’t understand someone from a neighbourhood like where I grew up may not see the same opportunities because they believe they have more obstacles. That’s a bias.

Then there’s the rich. Some are born into wealth, others make their own. Each has a different perception of how the world works. Those born into wealth are less likely to relate to the difficulties that those in poorer families face in trying to change their life circumstances. People who create their own wealth have a harder time relating to someone who can’t see themselves becoming wealthier. Again, biases.

Faith

This is a tough topic and I hope I don’t offend anyone here. My observations are through my own filters and bias. Be kind with your words and help me learn so that I can change. Here it goes.

Catholic, Muslim, Protestant, Buddhist and Hindu are the only faiths that I have ever been exposed to and only in limited fashion. I personally am Roman Catholic and that definitely causes bias for me. I work to recognize that affect on my perceptions and decisions every day. My belief is that all have very similar core values and we are brothers and sisters in this life regardless of our recognized faith.

Faith is an oasis in the heart

I believe one of the greatest challenges is recognizing that not all people of any faith are perfect. If I were to accept all the stories I read, I wouldn’t trust anyone. I can’t accept that any faith but my own is bad. I heard a friend say one day that Christians should only associate with Christians. I was dumbfounded! How do we develop understanding and remove bias if we never expose ourselves to contradictory evidence? Wow, that was a bias!

Education

Have you ever noticed that someone with a university degree looks down on people with a college degree? A person with college education may look down on someone who never took post secondary education. The level of education of the people you meet can affect how you respond to them. Does your bias cause you to give less credence to the words of people you meet?

Is Your Leadership Unbiased?

We have natural instincts to protect ourselves. As people developers, that extends to protecting those who look to us for guidance. When faced with something we don’t understand, we default to past experience and use that to make a decision. The fault with that strategy is that every situation is unique. Before you let instinct take over, take a second to understand why you feel what you feel.

To ensure your leadership is unbiased, you  first need to recognize your own biases. How does this make you react to opposing views and values? Does this cause you to become either defensive or offensive? Why?

personal-885548_1280Now that you understand your own bias, do a check in with someone you trust. Seek their advice and ask about their bias. You may need multiple trusted advisors in your inner circle to accomplish this. Different backgrounds, faiths and even opposing values can lead you to better understanding of the issues facing you and how to take the next best step.

People are looking to you for unbiased leadership. I know you are a great leader. Do you?

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for diversity. I’m thankful for opportunities to grow. I’m thankful for my belief in people.

What are you thankful for today?


 

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Aug 27

Deficits And Work Life Balance

Deficits are often used to get us through challenging times. We run time deficits to achieve work and life balance. What does balance mean to you?

Deficits

  • Money
  • Energy
  • Time

There are never enough hours in the day. We steal time from family for work. We built bigger cities to achieve economy of scale. Now we pay higher taxes and many are traveling a couple of hours to get to work. Now instead of 9 or 10 hours for work, we spend 13-14 hours. 

Pixabay image of house and mortgageWhen we get home, there is little energy left to meet the needs of our family let alone friends or hobbies. We end up paying others to do the things we used to do like home maintenance. Yet another drain on the budget. Many start using credit as a bridge to pay day. Just like government, we are typically running a deficit.

We can make and lose money over and over but we just can’t recover or create more time. 

Balance

When it comes to work and life, we are doing a disservice to ourselves and our families if we insist that each always has equal time. Especially if you measure in small increments. For example, I’ll never let work interfere with my weekends or evenings. What if you need an afternoon to go somewhere with your partner or family? Can you do that if you never flex the other way?

There's no such thing as work life balance“Balance” is about being able to make adjustments on your terms. When you are growing a business, you may need to sacrifice precious family time in order to have more later. It’s much the same when you are in a healthy employment situation. Your employer recognizes you are building their dream and flexes in your favour once in a while so you won’t leave.

Work life balance is up to you to define, whether you work for someone else or you run your own business.

Make Work Fun

When your work isn’t aligned with your core values, dreams and goals, it stops being fun. Now you have a huge deficit in time and energy borrowed from other areas in your life.

Find what excites youFind what it is that excites you and make that your work. All of a sudden, work becomes a reward for you AND your family. Do good doing life and there is no longer a time deficit to make up for. Now the fruits of your efforts have produced a surplus. You might even start to lead others to the path you are on so they can have as much fun, time and money as you!

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for God in my life. I’m thankful for time. I’m thankful for opportunity.

What are you thankful today?

Aug 21

Human Developers and MLM

Human developers are people who constantly strive to help others achieve their personal potential. Multi Level Marketing (MLM) companies are built on the backs of the greatest human developers. Do you have it in you?

Human Developers

Who are human developers?

  • Parents
  • Teachers and Coaches
  • Leaders

Parents

These are our first exposure to human developers. Parents’ primary role is to meet our basic needs.

  • Shelter
  • Sustenance
  • Safety

Our parents initially provide: a safe place to live; food and water that is safe to eat and drink; a safe environment where we can learn and grow. These primary caregivers create a safe space where we can try things we have never tried before and trust that they will protect us from ourselves, to a degree. They also make decisions on when it’s safe to let us fail so that we can learn how to stretch and achieve our greatest potential. 

Parents with daughterPrimary caregivers have a responsibility to teach us to fail. Repeatedly. They give encouragement to get back up and try again until we succeed. Think about when you learned to ride a bike. Mom or Dad, Aunt or Uncle, someone held the back of the back until they could see that we had found balance. Then they let go. You probably did just fine until you looked back for assurance and discovered you were on your own, and then you fell. Your caregiver ran up, soothed your fears, and then insisted you get back on the bike again. This likely happened a number of times until you finally believed you could do it by yourself. I’ll bet you finally reached a point where you said “Let go, I can do it!”.

Thank God for our parents and caregivers, our first human developers.

Teachers and Coaches

Eventually, teachers and coaches step in and assist parents in helping even greater achievements. From the time we hit preschool to the time we finish post secondary education, our parents put us in the hands of others to help hone life skills in the hopes that we will some day achieve our greatest potential.

Picture of coachesThe old saying is “It takes a village to raise a child.” speaks to parents recognizing that they can’t be everywhere at the same time. While Mom and Dad are amazing people and know an awful lot, they don’t know everything. This is where “the village” comes in. For example, I never played soccer in my life but three of my children played competitive sports. One of the kids is now a high school teacher. She needed a lot more than me to learn the skills necessary to do that. My daughter has become a human developer.

Leadership and MLM

“The teacher appears when the student is ready”! This is where the true leaders show up. Leaders aren’t necessarily people with technical authority but are people with “moral” authority. They have earned the privilege of being an influence in their community whether in business or in school. Are you a leader and human developer?

How much justice can you afford?MLM or Multi Level Marketing companies often produce great leaders. People join MLMs for many different reasons. Most begin because they are looking to change their financial circumstances. Good MLM companies understand the need for personal growth to achieve financial success. They have systems in place to achieve success in business but even more than that, great MLM companies have human development strategies and training in place to help people take advantage of those systems over time.

By working on the self, developing the person as a whole, great leaders develop and rise to the top. You may not be interested in MLM but they teach great lessons in leadership and human development. Oh, and you may actually make some extra money along the way!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for God in my life. I’m thankful for the wonderful teachers in my life. I’m thankful for great MLM companies.

What are you thankful for today?

Aug 18

Be Quiet! Do you know what time it is?

Do you know what time your local by-laws say you have to be quiet? Most municipalities have by-laws that govern noise levels. What do you do if your neighbours complain?

Be Quiet!

We can all agree that we deserve the right to peace and quiet in our homes. There is a saying “Good fences make for good neighbours”. One of the challenges is understanding what your rights are on either side of the fence. 

rest-413103_1280When I was growing up, my neighbourhood didn’t have fences. We would create an ice rink in our back yard and join ours with the people next door to make a large skating surface. Families would come from all over the neighbourhood to skate together and many a game of hockey would be played. We eventually  had to put some time limits on the hockey so that the rest of us could skate. There was a general expectation that it was lights out about 11pm. Today, there is a chance that people would complain about the noise in the middle of the afternoon and you could receive a ticket for noise infractions. That’s if you didn’t receive a fine for building the rink without a permit in the first place!

Many noise by-laws today have few, if any, time of day allowances. In many cases, it’s a matter of interpretation. Do you know what your rights are?

Time and Space

Once upon a time, we built our homes with a little distance between houses. You could make a space in the back corner of the yard to sit around a small fire and share stories. One of the neighbours might even bring out a guitar and play some music that we could sing along to. Today, the back corner of our yard may be under our neighbour’s bedroom window.  Those neighbours may be in their 80’s and have a different perspective on time than our teenage children.

campfire-87377_1280When our kids were teenagers, the evening didn’t even start until 10pm. When as little as three of them gathered around a fire, their voices alone could be heard in the neighbours bedroom window if it was open. Add a radio or a guitar, even at low volumes, and there was the potential for disagreement. Lucky for us, that neighbour was reasonable. They commented that “we live in a city and there needs to be some understanding”. Although, my wife and I were sitting by that fire with two friends when the neighbours called out the window and asked if we could tone it down a little. That’s when we realized that we had been talking for hours and it was 2am! It was our turn to be understanding.

Space in the city is limited today. Smaller lots create more opportunity for municipal taxes. Surprise! We have much more crowded living today. Make sure you know your rights and then, be reasonable when you enforce them.

Municipal By-laws

hammer-802300_1280Every city and town has their own values as a community. By-laws are a reflection of those values. The problem is that they are usually created in reaction to a problem that may only affect a small portion and if it wasn’t your issue, you likely didn’t notice it happen. Keeping up to the changes is near impossible but ignorance of the law is no excuse. Have you ever had that experience where you call in to complain about an issue only to find that the law was changed and you have no legal leg to stand on? Conversely, someone complains about something you or one of your kids did and you had no idea you were breaking the law? 

I would bet that noise infractions are one of the highest complaints. Be quiet lest you disturb your neighbours. We all assume that running saws and jack hammers after 11PM is a no no. Did you realize that in many cases you may have to get an exemption to make that kind of noise at 3PM? We have become less tolerant over the years and most municipal by-laws reflect that.

Use your #LegalSavingsPlan and know where you stand

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for my provider law firm. I’m thankful for the opportunity to improve access to justice and the legal system. I’m thankful for every new day.

What are you thankful for today?

Aug 11

MLM (Multi Level Marketing) Credibility

MLM teamwork and collaboration.MLM (Multi Level Marketing) companies today have more credibility than most “legitimate” businesses. Compared to when I started working, loyalty of “legitimate business” to employees is rare and full time employment with a living wage is almost non-existent. The problem is that MLM associates allow themselves to go on the defensive and feed the myth that having a MLM business is less respectable. 

MLM

MLM is a business model, a method of marketing services and products. This method directly rewards the efforts of a professional sales team for their sales production. Like the insurance, real-estate and similar industries, there are rewards for expanding a team and training them.

Sales team in profit mode.Multi Level Marketing companies allow an individual to develop their own book of business with much lower overhead than most “legitimate” businesses. The opportunity is there to develop a team and leverage the efforts of many to increase profitability. You are your own business owner and make the decisions on how you want to grow. Yes, like any franchise, there are guidelines like not being involved with competing companies.

Some MLM companies have a one time fee to start the business and require the participation in a service with monthly fees, others may (or may not) have a fee but require the maintenance of inventory. You need to find one that fits you. The beauty is that you can try different businesses to find the one that fits without destroying your bank account.

In my opinion, MLM is the fairest and most democratic business model. This type of business is driven from the “bottom” up. The sales team is more likely to effect change when needed because the underlying corporation respects and understands that the sales team makes business happen and saves the company huge amounts of marketing dollars. 

MLM Credibility

“Legitimate” companies will have you believe that Multi Level Marketing is a pyramid scheme. Companies work very hard to ensure the myth is perpetuated. 

Let’s work toward building MLM credibility. Recruit responsibly. Under promise and over deliver. Building your business is rarely easy. You will have to work hard, mostly on yourself, if you are to be successful in sales of any kind. People who are successful in building a business will go through a lot of trial and error before finding what works for them. Make sure your prospects understand that there will be many sleepless nights, a lot of learning and many mistakes along the path to success. There is no success without “failure”. 

Take A Look At Yourself

Wealth pyramidYou likely came across this blog because you are frustrated with a MLM opportunity. You were told that there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and that anyone can get their own pot of gold. Whether you have a job or a business, the reality is that your success is dependent on your willingness to fail your way to the top. The person who gets frustrated and stops is guaranteed failure with no hope of success. On the other hand, if you are that person who takes the time to get back up and figure out what needs to be changed in order to move forward again, you will succeed.

Are you willing to fail your way to the top? 

Just Decide

Whether that “pot of gold” is financial independence or just the ability to take control of your life, it’s up to you to decide what you want, what you are willing to do and who you want to take with you. It all starts with a decision. 

What will you decide?

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for coffee. I’m thankful for my job. I’m thankful for opportunity to improve.

What are you thankful for today?

How much justice can you afford?

 

Aug 03

Algonquin Trails Camping Resort: My Experience August 2015

Algonquin Trails Camping Resort is a little misleading as a name. I would remove the word camping and replace it with RV/Trailer. It’s actually only for Recreational Vehicle (RV) and trailer camping. I don’t recommend this place for family camping. Especially if you plan on having visitors. They may as well pay for their own site if there is more than one person.

My Impression of Algonquin Trails

 

Grounds

Physically, the campgrounds are acceptable, not amazing. Sites are a good size and have electric and water service. Reasonable privacy but a little open.

Some of the amenities are a little run down. There is what appears to have been a basketball court that is overgrown and the backboard has holes in it. Not really functional. The volleyball court could use some freshening up of sand. The one good feature is the swimming pool. Very clean and well kept, the pool us under a greenhouse like protective shelter.

All in all, I would rate the grounds 2.5 out of 5.

Welcome

My brother-in-law had moved here because the previous place was too busy and noisy. The plus at Algonquin Trails is that there is certainly peace and quiet, I did appreciate that. 

If you are looking for a place where you want to entertain family and guests, this is NOT the place I would choose.

He had talked to the owner before inviting us to visit, to ensure that it was OK to have us overnight and that we would be putting our tent beside his trailer. Apparently, there some miscommunication. The first thing we saw when we got there is that tents were not welcome and to turn around before entering the park. Hmmm…

We went to register at the office, it was about 6pm and no one was available. There was a sign to press a button that would summon someone in 5 minutes. I don’t have that patience and decided to go to my brother-in-law’s site and unload before returning to the office to register. When I returned to the office, I was greeted with “you need to slow down, the limit here is 10km and you were definitely going over that”. He was referring to when I sped up a little to get out of the way of another vehicle entering the park and I was turning into my parking space. Hmmm…

IMG_20150801_220842We had a wonderful evening with our brother-in-law at a fireworks display in Dwight, just down the road from the park. Next day, we went for a long walk back into Dwight and visited some of the local shops with interesting crafts etc. We got back to the site just around 2. I went to retrieve the car and load up for home when I ran into the owner. We had a nice chat but he made it clear that he didn’t realize we had a tent and it would not be welcome next time.

The end result is that we didn’t feel welcome at all.

Recommendation

I don’t like negativity and apologize for the tone of this blog.

I would not recommend this park to very many people but for some, it may be exactly what they need.

Be very sure before you stay at Algonquin Trails Camping Resort that you understand what their definition of camping is. NO TENTS. PERIOD! In my opinion, if you are looking for solitude, don’t expect any guests and own or rent an RV, it’s acceptable.

I feel that this place is NOT truly camper friendly. I would suggest checking into Algonquin Park and other private campgrounds. Ask clear and specific questions to ensure your choice will meet your needs.

Make it a great day!

Barry

What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for differing opinions. I’m thankful for family. I’m thankful for nature.

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Aug 01

Making Wine Can Be A Family Affair

Having a glass of wine with dinner is just so civilized. Buying retail can get a little expensive and it seems that it’s never in the house just when you want a bottle to take to a social gathering. Making your own wine is definitely more economical and you can make it a family affair. Now there is wine in the cellar when I want it. I don’t know why we didn’t do this years ago!

5 Reasons For Making Wine

  • May save money. (Not if you start drinking more wine.)
  • More likely to have wine on hand when you want/need it. (Unless you start drinking more wine!)
  • Great joint activity to share with someone special. (Then you can share the wine.)
  • Product can be used as thank you gifts for clients and prospects.
  • Product can be used as a promotional tool.

Our New Wine Making Place

Vin de GarageIn the old days, you had to get grapes and make the juice yourself before making wine. Now, you can buy the juice and go to a self service place like Vin de Garage in Barrie, Ontario where you can leave the juice to ferment and go back when it’s ready for bottling. All in all, a couple hours of your time and effort. We met Doug and Deborah and they were so helpful that the process was a lot of fun.

During the process, we decided that this would be a great team building and promotional opportunity. You can design a label for your wine to use for gifts to clients and prospects with your contact information. The wine becomes a conversation piece and puts you and your business front and centre.

Make It A Family Affair

Corking bottles.We are at that stage in our lives that all of our children are adult. My son asked us a couple of months ago how we would feel about him paying to make wine. He came with us for the bottling process as a “bonding” experience. In the end, he actually enjoyed spending time with Mom and Dad. This was a gift for birthdays, Mother’s Day and Father’s day. He’s a great kid! No doubt he knows he will benefit as well.

Corking bottles 2My wife Denise enjoyed this the most. You know how mothers are about spending time with their children, especially if they come voluntarily! Our children are spread across the country, literally. We have to accept whatever time they are willing to give. I’m really thankful our son felt we deserved his time.

In Summary

Whether you are looking for a way to save money, promote your business or just a different way to spend quality time with someone, I highly recommend a visit to your local wine making supply depot to start making your own wine! I thank my son for introducing us to Vin de Garage in Barrie. They are located at 55 Collier St. in Barrie, Ontario. They are hidden down the alley behind the sushi place! Contact them at 705.730.0160 or E deborah@vindegarage.com

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for grapes from Chile. I’m thankful for Scott Clermont. I’m thankful for any time with any of my children.

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