I was talking to a friend who is a business owner and he’s facing what we’re all facing: A new norm. When the sun is shining and there’s more than enough to go around one can employ any number of strategies for running a business and likely survive. The great leveller with the far reaching effects of COVID-19 is that it changed the rules for … Continue reading The Paranoid Ones
I’ve been a little obsessed lately with the nature of gossip and wondering if perhaps a redefine of what it really is might be in order? Like you, I grew up being told that gossip was “Telling lies to hurt people”. Though certainly true, this definition is not robust enough to deal with the true nature of gossip I think, it’s slipperier than that. Firstly … Continue reading What is Gossip Anyways?
Panic is, and always has been the enemy of wisdom. Don’t tell me the person hyperventilating is the one making the best decisions based on the available facts… When we panic our eyesight narrows and we see only what’s in front of us (toilet paper in Costco) and we lose our peripheral perspective. Perspective would tell us that we didn’t use more than we did … Continue reading Panic!
I think everyone is a little Irish this week, Except of course the Dutch. They don’t care about being Irish. I can make fun of them because they don’t care about that either:) It’s funny how some countries of origin are known for different things, some of which are actually true. My father’s side of the family are Dutch Mennonite which typically meant a hard … Continue reading St Paddy’s Day
A friend named Cathy said that to me before I walked into a meeting where I was going to be guy mildly shocked when the people in the meeting didn’t have my best interests in mind. I’ve been doing my best not to be as naive since then. Now ironically I come from the trades industry where strong personalities and customers were constantly playing the … Continue reading The Lowdown: Everybody Wants Something
Both my wife and youngest girl Neela share the same birthday, but separated by an appropriate number of years. The date of March 3 is forever seared into my memory for a couple of reasons, both of which are funny to me. Firstly is that I had a girlfriend in another life whose birthday was March 3 too. 03/03. It was all innocent enough when … Continue reading Birthday Season
Just this word ties my stomach in knots. I have an illogical fear of needles, you see. Now before you point out that I have tattoos (which use needles) my rebuttal would be “But it wasn’t NEEDLES. It was like a hot pen being dragged across my skin and I don’t care about that!” If I can reframe it to say something different I’m usually … Continue reading Acupuncture