Category: Social Commentary

Wasting time. What does that mean, really?

You are not wasting your time when you spend it wisely.  Even when you do it slowly. I have to thank my friend Dave Korotkov for posting a TED Talk by Carl Honore entitled “In Praise of Slowness”.  This is a great talk about the importance of slowing down to get more out of life.  Yes, …

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Canada v US

We’re the same and yet different! We have been involved in a few different organizations throughout our lives.  Some corporations and some business opportunities. I find it amazing that we make assumptions that because we share a continent and borders that we are the same.   When I worked for PETsMART, I remember them sending …

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Is this a pyramid scheme?

Half the people that ask that question have never experienced a true pyramid scheme. I remember them from the 70’s. People would take $500 who would then take $500 and so on.  This would go down so many levels and the people at the top got their cash and ran.   No one ever received …

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Burned Biscuits

author unknown When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burnedbiscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting …

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Play to your strengths

We so often hear about people who are so focused on their weaknesses and spend countless hours working to overcome them. What if we took the opposite approach?  What if we spent the time improving on our strengths and worked with and/or hired people to complement us in the areas that we are not as …

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Staying In Love Part 4 – Multiple Choice Marriage

Andy Stanley does a great of job of discussing the gap between “Expectation” and “Behaviour”. When something goes “wrong” like our spouse is late for a special event or isn’t able to complete a task we expected, we need to ask ourselves, do we really believe that our spouse went out of their way to …

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It’s the little things that matter

There was a song years ago called Cats in The Cradle that has always had a profound effect on me.  Yesterday was proof of how important the little things are. I was sitting on the couch in the living room as my grand daughter was outside picking up bugs for the kit she used to use with …

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Why do we do that?!

Have you ever found yourself frustrated with a child or spouse because you tried to tell them something and a year later, they discover what you tried to tell them a year ago? How did you react?  Did you acknowledge their wonderful discovery and encourage them to do it again or did you criticize them …

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Dare To Be Different

I was doing some research on various days of recognition the other day when I came across something that I remembered a Jewish friend of mine mentioning. We had some back and forth email which helped me to understand one of the days I had seen. This made me realize just how diverse our country …

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To Praise or Not to Praise

I read a very interesting article on Yahoo yesterday.  It made some great observations about the relevance and timing of praise for your child. This reminded me of a time when my son came to us asking about some spelling.  It was obvious that he didn’t think it looked right.  We took the time to …

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