I Am Canadian!

I Am Canadian!

Today is Canada Day.  July 1st is a pretty special day for those of us in the great white north.  While we’re usually quite understated, today is the one day we’re quite proud to let the rest of the world know we’re Canadian. I’ve lived almost my entire life in Ottawa, the capital of Canada.  On Canada Day, there’s no other place you’d rather be.  Hundreds...

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How To Be Spontaneous

How To Be Spontaneous

“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” ~Henry Miller   I’m a planner.  My calendar is always up to date, my day scheduled and my to do lists ready to be checked off.  I like order, so you may be surprised to learn that I’m also quite spontaneous.  One of the greatest adventures of my life began when I accepted a...

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15 Unique Ways To Think Green This Earth Day

15 Unique Ways To Think Green This Earth Day

The earth does not belong to man – man belongs to the earth. ~ Chief Seattle This Friday, April 22nd, is Earth Day.  For over 40 years, Earth Day has inspired and mobilized individuals and organizations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.  This year, the Earth Day Network has challenged citizens of the world to pledge A Billion Acts of...

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How To Be Surprised

How To Be Surprised

At the moment of death I hope to be surprised.  -Ivan Illich I’m waiting for the biggest surprise of my life – boy or girl?  My wife’s due date was two days ago and the baby has decided to keep us in suspense a little longer.  I’ve never been more excited. Unlike me, many people don’t get excited about surprises.  In fact, many people cringe at the thought.  Perhaps that’s...

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5 Signs That You Are Sacrificing Too Much For Your Career, And 5 Strategies To Regain Balance

5 Signs That You Are Sacrificing Too Much For Your Career, And 5 Strategies To Regain Balance

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. -Thomas Merton  “You’re not as important as you think you are.”  My colleague was kidding, but the words stung, probably because they were true. I was recently struck by a flu virus which inconveniently turned into pneumonia.  I was bedridden for two weeks and was in no shape to work, even from...

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