How to Deliver Bad News

I am out of podcasts, having been all caught up. On my BlackBerry I found some old Toastmasters podcasts, one of which is on delivering bad news. Timely, since I had to deliver such a message about expectations. I decided to remind the staff about the guidelines, and throw in some humor, so I sent the following email: (more…)

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Renewing a Book

Tried to renew a book through the Greater Victoria Public Library and received this error:

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Oh Myyy!

It is so cute! It is the standard library message, but since the name of the book really is Oh Myyy, by George Takai, it looks great!

Driver Distractions

Stopped at Country Grocer on my drive back from Duncan this afternoon, as I often do to get a snack. After my purchase I saw a newspaper rack, and the cover story on The Province tabloid newspaper was about distracted driving and how it is killing us. I stopped to read the article.

After that, as I walked towards the exit I saw an acquaintance, Sonja, in the checkout. I stopped to say hello. We had a good talk. Sonja said she had been in a collision earlier that day. She was alright, but her van was a mess. She had been hit in an intersection by an older man who admitted to being distracted while driving.

I helped her with her groceries to her son’s car, which was parked opposite my little green Mazda2 over the median. We talked some more, said our goodbyes, she got in the car and I crossed the median to my car. I put the key in the door, but it would not turn! What? I looked inside. It was the wrong little green Mazda2! My Mazda2 was one row over. I had been distracted!

A Surprisingly Uplifting Article: 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person

This article is not for the faint of heart, or for those who cannot take criticism. I found it refreshing and inspiring as I review my own life and accomplishments. It also helps to explain why I lose patience with some people. Read 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person.

I saw a ghost this morning

This morning I saw a ghost, a white apparition, on my street. (more…)

Humour: Drafting Guys over 60

My brother sent me this email, and not only is it funny and was “obviously written by a Former Soldier”, it has a logical argument, though it may be offensive to some. Historically some other cultures saw the benefit of sending elders into combat. We should keep the youth at home.

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Youtube: Harper & Palpatine

Stephen Harper steals speech from Emperor Palpatine

The Chimney

Friday as I was about to leave on my daily commute, I heard an unusual buzzing from the chimney. (more…)