We learn very early in life how to weaponize language. School yard taunts, the verbal abuse we hurl at our siblings and our peers, the calculated assaults by our bullies begin to show us how language can be a weapon. Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me. “ –English language childhood rhyme How very wrong we are. Missteps and misuse of language can have serious consequences and unforeseen repercussions. Current culture shows us how language can be politicized and weaponized. Here are a couple of links to sites that discuss it; Weaponizing language historically … Continue reading Weaponizing Language; Using the "D" word
The bubble bursts! Are you prepared for your Covid-19 bubble to burst? I know you’re ready! We’re all ready for a significant change in the way we’re responding to the pandemic, but are you actually prepared? September has always been a threshold for seasonal change in my part of the world. We’re hovering on the edge of harvest, the end of family vacation time arrives, the kids go back to school and the urbanized adults find themselves back at work with new imperatives for business success. This year September’s transformative role is being presented as far more than the normal … Continue reading The Bubble Bursts!
What have you done during Lock-Down? A colleague positioning himself to re-enter the job force navigated the ATS gating to the point of first interview where he was asked; What have you done during lock-down? Surprised by the question he gave a playful answer. Sadly, the tone and brevity didn’t carry him through to a second interview. What would your answer be? What should it be? Total disclosure: I have done the following; · Taught courses on-line for a contract training firm Began re-writing curriculum, and looked at developing new stuff that I could present to serve my own self … Continue reading What have you done during Lock-Down?
Waiting for the Silver Bullet–dreaming about the future This situation isn’t going to last forever. Some bright spark is going to sort through all the data we humans and our new AI servants are collecting to find the silver bullet that will bring this virus to its knees. The challenge is that whatever the silver bullet is it won’t be the magic bullet we need to push the reset button on the economy and society in general. Take a deep breath. This is going to take a while. Waiting for the silver bullet The concept of social and physical distancing … Continue reading Waiting for the Silver Bullet–dreaming about the future
Allow yourself to be seduced by the distractions of holiday travel. We often pretend that traveling, taking a holiday or being on vacation will be an opportunity to ‘get stuff done’ while hanging out in the airport transit lounge, enjoying the sun drenched balconies of rented accommodations and lounging on crusty sand beaches, however it rarely works according to plan. As my own adventure draws to a close I can say that I’ve made a lot of notes, scribbling nearly indecipherable entries in my idea book, but to be truthful my productivity has been pretty much non-existent. I haven’t read … Continue reading Allow yourself to be seduced by the distractions of holiday travel
We had a fitful sleep going into the Wednesday of our journey, the day we moved out of London and headed north to the Lake District. Our host’s live-in girlfriend had worked late the night before, arriving back at the mews at 1 AM, and the two of them churned for a time trying to debrief on the day, organize for the next day, quietly padding around the flat like two dogs circling and circling before settling in for the night. We had spent a lovely day the previous day doing our own bit of a churn, setting off mid-morning … Continue reading The Adventure continues, and we really start to get some traction
Leaving home can be a stressful affair, fraught with the oh-mi-gawds, and did-I-remembers. This leaving was no different, especially the part where I stressed out over the weight of our suitcases, thinking forward to the number of times we’d be hauling them through strange airports. But as a ‘day one‘ goes our journey and adventure was somewhat uneventful and quite comfortable. When we got off the tiny commuter plane from Edmonton to Calgary, we were quite relieved. Things were going well, just a bit cramped. I, in my usual way, was worried that our big bags wouldn’t make it onto … Continue reading Day One departures
IR5R made a decision, made the plans, and now we’ve executed on those plans. My wife and I are travelling. Continue reading SiR5R is on an adventure!
Retirement is a career all on its own, and if you’re taking the time to read this then quite likely retirement is going to be your next career, or you know someone who is headed down that path. I’ve written … Continue reading Retirement? 8 things to consider when Retirement is your next career move
I took a break from my ‘day’ job, and the re-deployment effort for this blog for a while there. Why? Because for a while there, it wasn’t coming as easily and the white noise was overwhelming. What wasn’t coming easily? ; My ability to get things done from a cognitive point of view. Huh? What does that mean? Here’s a somewhat snooty answer to the question “What wasn’t coming easily?”: Responding to complicated instructions with a sense of comfort, and in a demonstrably confident, repeatable, concise, clean manner was becoming clumsy; Holding up my end of a detailed conversation, assimilating … Continue reading Just a speed-bump, not a full stop