Monthly Archives: November 2010

Celebrity “Giving”

Many celebrities are notoriously shallow people who seek the limelight like moths seek flame. The cynic in me is suspicious of the vast bulk of the “benefit” work they do. I mean, giving an unpaid performance or two, expenses assumed … Continue reading

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“Dressed up” marketing

I’m an unabashed believer in free market enterprise. For all it’s faults and foibles, I believe it’s the avenue for everyone from individuals to global communities to create better lives for themselves. (For a great perspective on the impact of … Continue reading

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The Importance of Self-Importance

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a lot of behavior that features just how seriously some people take themselves. One reason is that I’m around a lot of lawyers and, worse still, judges. You would not be far … Continue reading

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“All Boshed Up”

Celebrities have a profound cultural impact, including the growth of the common vernacular. It stands to reason that everyday superstars should be accorded their own verbs. One guy who, particularly recently, has really earned his own verb is Chris Bosh. He’s … Continue reading

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Toxic Waste

It arises in the most surprising places. It’s literally all around you. But you can dispose of it more easily than you can imagine. I’m talking about the impact of toxic people. The first thing is to identify them. Here’s a … Continue reading

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PDA Slaves

A couple of years ago, I mentioned to a neighbour that the firm I was working for then, was issuing Blackberry units to key employees as a “benefit”. He sneered derisively: “Yeah, the perfect way to hang an 80-hour work … Continue reading

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The BIGGEST Waste of time

It’s probably (collectively) the costliest, most aggravating and pointless thing you can get diverted by, but inevitably (?) ends up consuming an enormous amount of the valuable May through October time during which us northern types should be up to … Continue reading

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“Minds Like Empty Rooms”

Sometimes I feel strangely anachronistic. It may be the normal process of aging, but it often feels like something more. I’m not a curmudgeon, or a Luddite, or a cheerleader for a return to a simpler time (mostly, depending on … Continue reading

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The Language of Entitlement

In developed countries like Canada, most of us live in an era of privilege, abundance and comfort. It’s easy to forget just how good, full and free our lives are. But seemingly limitless affluence has been paralleled, perhaps ironically, with increased … Continue reading

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The ‘Moment’

Have you ever noticed just how hard it is to truly be “in” the moment”? Sounds like a preposterously easy thing to do, but I find it’s much, much more difficult than intuition might otherwise suggest. Seems our mind is … Continue reading

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