Book report #27 (2022)

Big Feelings, by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy. Pub 2022 I chose this book based on the social media hype and discussion about it. Many will be familiar with the illustrations and comics by this pair of workplace and development consultants. This is their second book (the first was No Hard Feelings from 2019, which looked... Continue Reading →

Looking on the bright side

I had a chat today with a colleague and friend. We’re about the same age, and have been working for about the same number of years (30+ for me, close to the same for her plus school and family). She said, “When does all this hard work start to pay off?” We talked about it... Continue Reading →

Book reports 5, 6, and 7 (2019)

Vacations makes such a lovely time to read... Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver. Pub 2018   After putting this aside after 2/3s done last month, I decided to stick it out till the end in the hopes that it would get better. It didn't.   Barbara Kingsolver's best writing is when her characters are in the... Continue Reading →

Book report #13 (2018)

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick), by Seth Godin. Pub 2007 I was led to this brief book via this article. I am dealing with some team issues at work (people leaving), and I was struggling to understand the choices that people were making. I wasn't... Continue Reading →

Book of Treasures: Grade 4

Grade 4: 1975, Van Bellingham Elementary School, Winnipeg, MB Teacher – Mrs. Delaquis Both Mrs. Delaquis and I graduated to Grade 4, and with many of the same kids in my class again. The “room” was open-area again, right next door to the previous year’s room. With the same school, teacher, room and classmates, I was... Continue Reading →

Item #4: Highlighter

Alternate title: the purloined pen. I've had this highlighter since 1991. I keep it now for sentimental reasons, but also out of astonishment - it still works. The highlighter comes from the lab where I worked. Back in those days, highlighters were a standard tool for project chemists, reviewing data outputs and identifying key results... Continue Reading →

Morning person

I never used to be a morning person. Early morning rising used to be something reserved for special or dreaded occasions: early starts for trips or vacations, field trips, exams, new jobs. Saturday and Sunday mornings were cherished sleep-in times, almost inviolable rituals of indolence. The past few years have brought change in preference, perspective... Continue Reading →

The Insider

A recent newspaper article (no longer available) (as well as coverage earlier in July on CBC) troubled me greatly, and not for the reasons that either journalist intended, I'm sure. I am troubled by the narrow perspective on the facts in both instances, as well as the potential damage these articles could do to the important... Continue Reading →

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