Archive Monthly Archives: April 2020

The habit of adventurous curiosity

Yeah, I know. Curiosity killed the cat.Doh! That’s why cats are insured for nine lives . . . . .90% of wisdom is cultivating the habit of adventurous curiosity.Deep, persistent, and INSANE curiosity.Kids get this. Even though they can’t articulate it . . . . If you’ve been a parent, you know the frustration of your […]

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Fight the Retirement Virus

Hey Dave! When are you going to retire?Lost track how may times I’ve been asked that.I knew the poser of the question ulterior motives. The real, unstated question was:Hey Dave! When can we have unfettered access to your time? You’re just so darn useful to have around here. But you’re never here exactly when we need ya!And, […]

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Why?

Oh, Great.”Why?”  conjures up memories of raising your toddler. The incessant questions.I tried very hard to answer every one as honestly as I could, without betraying any frustration that I might have been feeling as I was rushing to get out the door to work, or prepare supper, or whatever automatically necessary task was in […]

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Talkin’ bout our generations, ep. 3

In this episode, Coronavirus just moves in and takes over.  And ironically, I’ve got a cold when this is recorded. (Apologies for the corresponding sound effects.) The All-hell-that-has-broken-loose around the world . . . . has broken loose right in our own backyards.  We compare notes between the way people are responding in big-city Ontario vs […]

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Unanswered questions of a returned Canuck

We’d heard that it’s harder to go back to the country you left than it was to leave it in the first place.Diplomats, world travellers, missionaries, all said that when you leave home, and live abroad for as little as two years, the return is more painful than the departure.Now that we’ve done it . […]

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The hidden blessing of an introvert’s superpower

Seems I’ve always been a late bloomer.Not intellectually. My grades through school were always decent enough. Never top of the class, but never far from top either. Bright enough that I seemed to exude that brainy, bookish, geeky look that said Uh-oh, another guy who just thinks all the time.But in most other respects, I seem […]

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What do I want?

What do I want? What a question. How dare you!My two grandfathers were a study in simultaneous contrast and similarity.Both were quiet, introverted men. Happy to sit in the background and watch the world go by. Happy to let their wives do the talking. (My grandmothers needed little urging in this regard.) Risk-averse, play-it-safe, obey-the-rules.Yet […]

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