Celebrating Canada 150 with Leonard Cohen and some Barbershop Quartet Choirs

The image above shows Leonard Cohen who is now looming over Montrealers in a large mural that was recently completed above the city’s Boulevard St. Laurent. Continue reading “Celebrating Canada 150 with Leonard Cohen and some Barbershop Quartet Choirs”

How to choose a personal injury lawyer

In this world of hustle and bustle, it is all too easy to suffer some injury that may seriously affect your livelihood. Even a simple fender bender can cause whiplash and you may then need months of therapy to correct the condition. … And of course you no doubt will be suffering pain that is difficult to control.

Normally you would hope that your insurance would in some way cover what you have suffered but that is not always the case. In many situations you would be advised to seek the services of a personal injury lawyer. She or he will know what is likely to give you the best outcome that can be achieved. Continue reading “How to choose a personal injury lawyer”

10 ways to have a better conversation

10 ways to have a better conversation is a title of a lively TEDx video given by Celeste Headlee.  She has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.” Continue reading “10 ways to have a better conversation”

Let us elect a government that will do the right thing for the planet

mac stone videoUnfortunately the politicians seem to feel that most people are driven by the sentiment, “What’s in it for me?” However we should realize that our Vote Will Determine How Canada Takes on Global Climate Change.  That is of critical importance and a video I saw today hit that message hard, while at the same time having some incredible photographs. Continue reading “Let us elect a government that will do the right thing for the planet”

You should laugh more

why we laughFew will disagree with the title of this post.. After all laughter is the best medicine we are told. But why do we do it? Sophie Scott is a cognitive neuroscientist who can explain to you exactly why we laugh. You can see her TED presentation below. It is fun to watch and worth every minute you will spend on viewing it. Continue reading “You should laugh more”

Walking my dog

walking my dogEvery morning at about the same time I go with Tia, my dog, for a 25 minutes walk. We always go the same way and it got me thinking. Some might ask me,” Isn’t that boring?” My answer is a strong denial….. and why would I say that?

The best answer is probably that ancient quote by Heraclitus. You can never jump into the same river twice. There are so many ways in which the scene changes every time we visit. Continue reading “Walking my dog”

Scottish referendum: Will teens freeze their grandparents pensions

scottish referendum yesThe CBC poses an interesting question this morning: Scotland referendum: Will slacktivists help secession succeed?  As is noted, the voting age in the Scottish independence referendum is 16 years and up.  Apparently slacktivists is the name for those between 16 and 18 years of age. Continue reading “Scottish referendum: Will teens freeze their grandparents pensions”

Would Scottish pensions be frozen pensions

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With the referendum in Scotland on separating from the United Kingdom occurring tomorrow, there is much discussion on a whole series of financial matters.  It seems that there is an intention that pensions as in the past would continue to be paid by the government in London.  However that raises a very interesting question. Continue reading “Would Scottish pensions be frozen pensions”

Scotland please don’t leave

On September 18, those living in Scotland will be choosing in a referendum whether they wish to remain part of the United Kingdom or to be a separate country.  Current polls suggest the Yes side may be inching ahead of those wishing to stay in the UK.

Many outside Scotland feel that this would be a real tragedy.  That is why a BBC headline notes that on Scottish independence: Celebrities call for Scots No vote
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