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Archive for May, 2016

Subject to Interpretation

There are many popular phrases which have a built-in double entendre; this can stem from the individual words, or from the expression itself, open to tangential, perhaps oxymoron, interpretations; when these are applied to stripped down storytelling (ideally with clothes still on), the imagination can be pushed onto a different path…

Warning: If it looks like a new beginning, chances are the old beginning needed to have an upgrade. (more…)

TOP 10 Benefits of Springtime Heat

Hot weather has hit these parts (eastern Canada), and so time to recall what we’ve been waiting for

  • Good time to pursue hamster-powered air conditioner research
  • It becomes nice to receive a cold shoulder
  • Appropriate dress means more options for less
  • Sitting for hours deep in thought qualifies as a strenuous activity (more…)

A Fork in the Road

At our Toastmasters meeting yesterday, as chair my selected theme was ‘A Fork in the Road’.

Certainly the expression has a highly conceptual value, both literally, and widely as figurative, symbolic representation.

The primary reason I picked this as theme had to do with recognizing that a portion of the meeting would be devoted to an annual rite of a Toastmasters club, (more…)

Life Lessons from GRIMM

It’s interesting how the length of a TV series season has evolved over the last 50 years. Into the 1960s, there were some with seasons of more than twenty-six episodes: Perry Mason, The Wild Wild West, and Lost in Space are three examples (all on CBS). Nowadays, depending on the network, a season usually varies between ten and twenty-two episodes, although certain shows at times have had more (Frasier being an example). But I digress… (more…)

An Alternative to Meditative Mindfulness

As we in Canada prepare for the first official holiday (attributable still, for some reason, to Queen Victoria) of the warmer weather cycle, many will be looking for relaxing ways to enjoy the time.

A list of topics, from an ad in Psychology Today concerning practicing meditation, could make an interesting adaptation to this first outdoors friendly, long weekend of the year… (more…)

Standing out from the crowd



While admiring the numerous, colourful flower beds today at Ottawa’s annual tulip festival, I was reminded that a sea of beauty may make a stirring show, but result in a crowded and competitive marketplace.   On the other hand, a few in a more select location may not draw as big a crowd, but any attention drawn is their opportunity to stand out, to impress in their own light.


PowerPoint Presents…

If there’s been a development displaying tech prowess in making presentations, a pillar for years now has been PowerPoint.

From my years in the financial services industry, in which those conducting seminars and training sessions had this tool as almost de rigueur, I noted two main scales of adoption: based on adeptness in using the technology, and based on adeptness in visual presentation. Some of us were more comfortable than others with the projection process. Some were better than others in visual effectiveness. (more…)

Man vs. Intellect

Men are more renown for displaying sound and bluster than women. This is probably a carryover from ancestry, when competition for females in the past favoured a display of physical attributes. (Or, at least, so we’re led to believe.)

The representation of men in film and television – dependable bastions of enlightenment to be sure – has, over the years, seemed to reinforce this archetype. The entertainment media has frequently embellished this with layers of male naiveté, such as in family situation comedies. (more…)

What’s the Story?

Once upon a time, long before the age of the printing press, not to mention modern mass media, communicating ideas occurred within groups sitting around campfires telling stories. Now that scenario is largely restricted to campgrounds, or organizational retreats, or the plots of youth-oriented horror movies. (Or the occasional summer blockbuster – remember the opening scene of Jaws?) (more…)

Do I Remember This Correctly?

In the current newsstand edition of Psychology Today we are taken back to the theme of how valid are our memories.

Two main categories of investigative commentary emerge:

  • Recalling vivid episodes from the past, the further back the more effective, can provide benefits to our lives now
  • Sensory based recollections have the best chance of being accurate, given the challenge in general of being true