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September 2011

Milking Purple Cows

“Do purple cows give chocolate milk?” What an odd question for our math teacher to have asked us! Some of us immediately scoffed, “No way!” while the more thoughtful among us stroked our chins, pondered it deeply and believed anything might be possible. It was an exercise in logic. One of those “Catch-22”, damned-if-you-do-or-don’t scenarios [...]

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Halves and Halve-nots

Yes, it’s that old chestnut. Is the glass half full or half empty? Your answer is supposed to determine whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist. Creative, lateral thinker (or absolute contrarian) that I am, when I first heard this, I thought it was a trick question. Isn’t it obvious that the glass is COMPLETELY [...]

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Tools of the Trade

Are we tools if we use them? I think not! I recently visited the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. The stunning home of Kodak’s founder is an international museum of photography. There was a fascinating exhibition not only of Norman Rockwell’s iconic illustrations but of the sketches, photos and equipment he used to [...]

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Back to School

As a kid, I loved that first day back to school. As an adult, I always dreaded it. And I don’t even have kids! Traffic that day in Toronto was always hectic, snarled and dangerous. Frantic parents running late, swilling coffee on the go, calling the office on their cell phones and chauffeuring their little [...]

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