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On a Hope and a Prayer

This post is a day late because I just returned from the Deep South, where there’s a reminder of Civil War, slavery and segregation at every turn. Having grown up safely in Canada, but looking across the Niagara River at Buffalo, New York every day, I recall the race riots, civil unrest and the Viet [...]

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10 Things We Can Learn from the Homeless

What do you do when a homeless person asks you for spare change? I used to pretend not to see and keep on walking. Too many to help them all. And some were players, not really homeless at all. Then I had an attitude adjustment. My brother and I were walking down fashionable Boylston Street [...]

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Gender Buy Asses

My life, as I knew it then, ended on April 4, 2005 with a sudden, sickening crash. Within days, I left my husband of 17 years and my extended family of in-laws, nieces and nephews all of whom I dearly loved (and always will). I left my house in the tidy suburbs of Toronto. I [...]

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The Mayhem’s in the Mail

As a Canadian, I’ve always had “postal envy” of our neighbours to the south. I love their eloquent and legendary oath that neither rain, nor snow, etc. shall prevent the mail from being delivered. Even on Saturday! Special rates and services like media mail. (Do you hear that, Canada Post? Library rates. What a concept!). [...]

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Missing Andy Rooney

There are two kinds of people in this world I adore. Wordsmiths and curmudgeons. Have you ever noticed they’re often one and the same? I’ve had the pleasure of working with several over the years. The best copywriter I ever knew wore a black visor, smoked a cigar constantly and barked at anyone who darkened [...]

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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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Stop the Press! NOT…

As Monty Python would say, “And now for something completely different…”. This post is a bit of a departure from what I’ve been writing lately but one of the reasons I’m blogging in the first place is to provide information that you, as a business owner, might appreciate. About six months ago, I attended a [...]

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