I think it’s time to dream again. I’m tired of this fearful outlook all the time. I’m tired of the news and it’s obsession with worst-case-scenarios. I’m tired of Albertans taking every piece of information at face value and not questioning the hand guiding it. I don’t like that we’re susceptible to fear and propaganda. I don’t like that we get tunnel vision and forget … Continue reading Dream Again
Mother’s Day lands on people in different places. Some people have lost their moms and it can be a bittersweet day of gratefulness and loss. The older I become the more I tend to appreciate the sweet / salty aspects of life and how to laugh and cry on the same day. At least we are alive enough to FEEL. Others mourn their inability to … Continue reading Mothers. An Essential Service
My mom declared our house a TV-Free zone when I was young. Apparently I was addicted to the one channel we could actually see clearly enough to watch… also it should be noted back then that when moms or dads made a decision there was no negotiation surrounding it like I see much of today like “Moooooomm! If you let me watch TV I promise … Continue reading Bows and Arrows
Sooooo. By now you’ve discovered that you haven’t done all the things on your bucket list you always told yourself you would “If you had the time”. Well, you likely had the time in the past month with work/ extra activities cancelled and are now at the kitchen table reading this in between Netflix binge worthy shows? (Not sure what qualifies a show as binge … Continue reading Unmotivated
Seriously people! Eye contact does NOT spread the coronavirus! Some of our relatives grew up in war time in other countries. My grandfather’s village was stuck between two armies in the Ukraine. My mom’s side grew up in England during the war. I wish we had a little more of the indomitable spirit that we used to have, but maybe this is the time to … Continue reading Eye Contact Doesn’t Spread COVID
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