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Archive for January, 2015

Communication and Leadership Skills     

I’ve been a member of Toastmasters since 1999.  The organization’s stated mission for member clubs has been “to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills…” (more…)

Memorable Quote # 18

A poet-scholar from the 20th century may have anticipated nature and planetary forces looking on at current events with caution...

I looked the sun straight in the eye.

He put on dark glasses.


by Canadian poet F.R. Scott

World Press Freedom (Day)

Recent negative events around the world likely have made many of us recall relevant events experienced along the way.  Here is a brief excerpt from the draft of a book I’m working on about my years of experience in the financial services industry: (more…)

Spoiler Alert!

‘Spoiler Alert!’ is a catch-phrase used in the arts review world, but is slowly emerging into other revelation opportunities in culture.

To those not in the know, a ‘spoiler alert’ means that some text is on the horizon which will reveal cogent details about the art subject, be it a film, TV show, play, (more…)

TOP 10 Working Aphorisms to Start the New Year

As 2015 begins, we get back to a more work-based mentality…

  • Early to bed and early to work, means you love to do it, ‘cause it ain’t a perk
  • A day without a staff meeting is really a working proposition (more…)

Clichés Upgraded – Part XIII

Happy New Year – a new batch of enlivened clichés (with the original in italics):

  • If your watch stops working, we’ll rush into the field and depend on just a cotton pickin’ minute
  • Look, That is on trial, I’m in charge here, so I’ll be the judge of That
  • The winner of our mid-winter survival contest will be in the hot seat of a new car at 5:00 pm tomorrow (more…)