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Myths of Autism

I’m reading a book right now called Challenging the Myths of Autism. What I find interesting is that many of the basic concepts seem to apply to virtually everyone I have ever met. Jonathan Alderson’s key message is that we need to take some time to understand what we see before making any judgements. Maybe …

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What is a friend?

A friend is someone who listens without judging. A friend is someone who calls “just because”. A friend is someone who is there in good times and bad. A friend is someone you can call at 3am and know they will pick up the phone. We are lucky enough to be blessed with friends in …

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Saying Goodbye

Is it really easier when you have a chance to say goodbye? We lost our older son last year to cancer at the age of 23 after a two year battle. He was an amazing man who did his best to face this battle and tried to keep his pain to himself. He never knowingly …

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I want all A’s!

Do you really? I have been involved in and worked with many businesses over the years. As the leader, we strive to find people like ourselves. Typically type A’s. Willful, controlling, stubborn, and so on…. Then we complain when they won’t follow direction to the letter! What if we took the time to figure how …

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Don’t scold me!

When I managed for PETsMART, we were lucky to recruit some amazing dog trainers. One of the things I learned from them and used successfully with my dog, is never call your dog to you to scold them. They will associate coming to you with the expectation of being scolded. Over time, the dog won’t …

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Hi Handsome, My Name Is Rose

I received this from a friend in an email today and just thought this is such a great piece: The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned …

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The CHRISTmas Shopping Season Is Upon Us!

Merry Christmas! For years, I worked in retail food. Far too often I would see someone write “Xmas” special. At which point I would make a new sign! I have to admit that today’s political correctness drives me nuts. This country was built based on Christian principals. Personally, I WILL NOT apologize for that. I …

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The Pricing Game

There is a great piece today posted on the Yahoo website about the retail pricing game.  I spent over 20 years in retail and can assure you that was the case then and I believe it’s probably even worse now. One of the things they talk about is loss leaders.  The best example that I …

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Canada like the Soviet Union?!

Interesting how the universe works. Last night, I was having a fun conversation with friends about how much government should be involved in our lives and the economy. This morning, I see an article in the Ottawa Citizen discussing much the same thing and making reference to being like the Soviet Union and how did …

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Dinner is family time

There was an interesting article in Toronto’s 24hr Newspaper today (November 22, 2011). We have often said that it is so important to sit and eat as a family. It’s nice to be validated by a third party. Far too often, we think it’s ok to just leave something for the kids because we’re busy. …

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