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A 5 or 7-stage Process, Depending Who You Ask

I have been rather absent, and quite absent-minded, in the last few months. With reason. You know I have children. Well, there is no easy way to say this so let's use the band-aid method (pull on it in one shot!). They are now paternal orphans. Transition does not come close to depict adequately what… Continue reading A 5 or 7-stage Process, Depending Who You Ask

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Shy Approach

Bold, defiant, cocky... are not good epithets to describe spring this year. It is beyond bashful. Not only have we had a snowy winter, the cold season is in no hurry to give some room to spring. On this date, I have seen frigid temperatures, and I have also seen balmy, summer highs. We barely… Continue reading Shy Approach

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Yearly Performance and Career Planning

It feels as if New Year's Eve was just last week and now, we are less than a week away from February. I will admit, the temperatures have kept us distracted in the last few weekends. We have arctic temperatures - think along the lines of temperatures of -40 C with a windchill factor of… Continue reading Yearly Performance and Career Planning

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Winter Solstice With a Bang

This day is not going unnoticed where I live. Winter came in with a bang... a snow storm which brought us at least six inches of snow (15 cm)! Now the figure is not that impressive, but we have been enjoying mild temperature in both November and December and no great amount of snow so… Continue reading Winter Solstice With a Bang

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Flu Season

It makes you wonder why you even bothered to get the flu vaccine... You still end up with the sniffles, feeling borderline feverish, sporting  bright-red irritated nostrils, and you have the work-out of coughing your lungs out because your congestion is made of concrete-like ... OK, I will stop the description right there. We all… Continue reading Flu Season

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Thanksgiving in Canada

It might come as a shock to some people but the last Thursday of November is not unanimously Thanksgiving Day in the entire world.  The Canadian Thanksgiving always occurs on the first Monday of October.  This statutory holiday is not as big a deal as it is in the USA; no turkey gets a pardon… Continue reading Thanksgiving in Canada

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

I know... catchy tune! It came to mind today because I actually saw a rainbow , a complete 180-degree arc with vibrant colours. You know how sometimes one end is clear and the other, rather blurry and pale... No, not today. I could not help but think about its symbolical meaning; an alliance, a covenant,… Continue reading Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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Telling Signs Summer is Over

Already the last days of September. After a summer exceptionally hot, the respite of heat is much welcome. Birds forming a V shape fly south Sandals are not enough to keep your toes warm Temperature varies from 29 C to 0  C (freezing point) in less than 24 hours It rains more than usual Yellow… Continue reading Telling Signs Summer is Over