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Romanticism is not Dead

I attended a show given by a world-renown violinist (a prodigy, really) in a small theatre. Toward the end of the show, she surprised us all saying she had received a special request. It turned out the request was from a young man who wanted to propose a betrothal to his girlfriend. They were seated… Continue reading Romanticism is not Dead

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Rolling With The Punches

Resilience is like a muscle. The more you exert it, the stronger it gets. How do you develop your resilience muscle? You face hardship repeatedly and press on. You deal with the unpleasant news you get, you find any speck of positive stuff there is - even if you have to dig for it -… Continue reading Rolling With The Punches

Observation, People

Thanksgiving Day

Contrarily to our American friends, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October, nearly a month and a half before they do. Thanksgiving Day ends up on the second Monday of October so, this year, it falls on October 9th. What happens? It is a statutory holiday so nobody works and those who do are paid double. Mostly, this… Continue reading Thanksgiving Day

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Meeting Important People

I spent the afternoon with a high-ranking government official this afternoon. Sometimes, these people's position inflates their ego. This one was very personable, very down to to Earth, and very friendly. Networking is neither my strong suit nor something essential to my life. I don’t live for these events... shall we say! However, meeting these… Continue reading Meeting Important People

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Misinterpretation

Communication is one of the most complex act in the world, not in performing, but in understanding. Two people need a common set of reference and a clear context so communication is successful. Obviously, communication fails if one of the two people attempting it does not grasp what they are talking about. It looks rather… Continue reading Misinterpretation

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Oblivious

Some people are just oblivious of their behaviors. They act like jerks and wonder why they have no friends, why people flee when they walk into a room. They do everything they can to stay “right” in their mind and end up pushing people away. You cannot keep hurting someone and not damage the relationship… Continue reading Oblivious