Weaponizing Language; Using the "D" word

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

Speed bumps, Detours and Traffic jams

Transforming your side hustle into a viable business is tough.  I know;  I’m trying to do it.  I’m hitting Speed bumps, detours and traffic jams. Moving Through the World is complicated enough without adding the challenge of a new business. That new business you’re trying to reach critical mass with is going to face speed bumps, detours and traffic jams. This isn’t going to be easy.  Just because during Covid that side hustle looked like a viable option doesn’t mean that it really is.  In fact, it’s going to take a huge amount of time and effort to make it … Continue reading Speed bumps, Detours and Traffic jams

Natural world versus technology

What do we deem important?  We’re coming to a showdown between the natural world and technology and the referee seems to be our need and dependancy to be part of a connected society. Ironically this photo was taken with a drone. Technology dominates everything. Take a look at the website for Woodpecker Drone Services. Continue reading Natural world versus technology

Something from nothing; can your Covid side hustle grow into a real business?

This week I decided that my Covid side hustle had the potential to be a real business. Creating something from nothing, is so much fun! Its not really something from nothing. For me it was taking an interest and deciding to make it a business. During the pandemic I explored my various and varied interests more fully. One of those interests has become a Covid side hustle and is now set to go mainstream. Somewhere in one of my posts in the past couple of years I mention that I reflected on the wisdom of a good friend and admitted … Continue reading Something from nothing; can your Covid side hustle grow into a real business?

The loneliest places during Covid-19

The loneliest places during the pandemic are traveling carnivals waiting for permission to open, theatres, concert halls, and amusement parks. The theatres, concert halls are usually prepping for ‘festival season’ at this point in the calendar, actors, and musicians readying for the house to open. Will the stage manager be calling for ‘places, please‘ anytime soon? In many places around the world the theatres are still dark, and will remain so for some time. The prohibition against large gatherings have resulted in the cancellation of many festivals across the country, not just theatre festivals, but music festivals as well. Amusement … Continue reading The loneliest places during Covid-19

What to do now; Plan, Prepare, Participate

What to do now; We’re caught trying to maintain balance in the crashing waves of pandemic, supply chain disruption, new isolation rules, attempts to restart schools, less than carefully considered imperatives to ‘get back to work’ and natural disasters.  What’s a person to do?  What to do now!? Most of us are straddling two different worlds right now.  There’s our personal life and  stuff, and then there’s the business world which we haven’t completely abandoned or been separated from.  Just because we’re at home, playing at being retired or furloughed doesn’t absolve us from responsibilities to provide advice to our … Continue reading What to do now; Plan, Prepare, Participate

Does ‘work-from-home’ betray the 19th Century Luddites?

Would the 19th century Luddites, predecessors of modern labor activists, support the implementation or move to suppress this suddenly popular ‘work-from-home’ movement? Are we betraying the Luddite vision of a healthy and happy work environment? Technologies, and the new imperative are creating a fertile petri dish for development and discovery of new ‘work from home’ protocols. Petri dish;HA! This is an improvised cauldron brewing up a tempting mulligan stew that has the potential to forever alter the social fabric of business and commerce. Not everyone at home is working. Is the Covid-19 virus becoming an excuse for something the Luddites … Continue reading Does ‘work-from-home’ betray the 19th Century Luddites?