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I watched the memorial presentation for the tragedy of 9/11.  I can’t believe that 10 years have passed.  No other day, no other moment, no other memory is as burned in my mind as September 11, 2001.  Everyone has their own account of where they were and what they were doing when the planes began to crash.  Many larger-than-life images instantaneously come to our minds without thinking.  But, when I sift through the rubble in my mind of that day, I remember the fantastic acts of human spirit that manifested

No one wants a strike.  Striking is a last resort when an agreement cannot be made by an organization and its workers.  Employees do not want to relinquish their pay cheques to walk a picket line and employers don’t want to loose the labour.  Any public involved do not want the inconvenience of lost production, services or having to cross that picket line.  As unpleasant as they are, sometimes they are a necessary evil in order to move forward.  When presented with a strike situation, there a few things to

When I was first making the transition  from high school to university (many years ago now), I signed up for a summer “warm-up” program to help ease the anxiety of moving to the next stage in my life.  One of the workshops I attended was an overview of what to expect in a university class versus a high school class.  There were some valuable tips I picked up in the seminar that helped me survive as a student and I wonder what would have happened if I didn’t take it.

In gaining momentum in my career, I have learned a thing or two about people, behaviour and leaders .  I’m no expert by any means, but I have found certain phrases or attitudes that people in leadership roles, never say or use.  Do any of these ring true for you?: I told you so. No one wants to be reminded that they are wrong.  A good leader understands the person who made the mistake will have learned from it and will move on without saying anything. If I need you to know, I will tell

Last week, I was fortunate enough to be a member of the “Hugh Jackman in Concert” show at the Princess of Wales theatre in Toronto.  (AMAZING by the way) My seat was in the middle section of the orchestra;  a couple of seats in from the aisle.  I was stuck in some traffic on the way in so I was entering the theatre later than hoped but still in plenty of time to get to my seat and settle in.  Many people were already there and seated.  When I came to my row, I had to

The 4-way Stop

Growing up, I learned from my mother that 4-way stops were to be avoided at all cost. I think when I was about 13, the first one was introduced to my small town and the usual route to the mall became taboo because of that new 4-way stop. I asked mom why we didn’t go “the usual” way anymore and she explained that the new 4-way stop made it too difficult to figure out who had the right-of-way.  She said if you went out-of-turn, it made people angry and life was

As the summer approaches, so does the season of graduation ceremonies.  I helped usher at one the other day for the educational institute that I work for . It is a wonderful occasion for graduates and their families to commemorate meeting the requirements of graduation and setting forth into the world with official documentation that shows they now know something about something. I love to assist with this event because the celebratory spirit that accompanies it is intoxicating. And it  is  so powerful to watch the sea of black as the robed

Turn on the television and there is always a news story of devestation, terrorism, bullying and sadness to be heard.  Pick up the paper and if there is a story of despair, no doubt it will have the front page.  There is so much negativity and unpleasantries in the world and our society seems to feed off of it.  I’m constantly hearing snide remarks, complaints, racist comments or venting in my world and sometimes I wish I could just hit a mute button so I could escape this vortex of poison.   There are

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