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5 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Yesterday was the longest day of the year. A fitting day for Fred's blog.   Now we lose a minute of sunlight every day till the winter soltice even though we are entering the blazing days of summer. I don't know about you but I really don't notice it.   Life seemingly is a little like sipping tea. In general, changes occur subtley, over time with no notice until one morning you wake up and it's dark outside or the cup is empty.   Sipping seems to be more enjoyable than taki...
12 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Tomorrow is Father's Day and I will be thinking about my Dad. Although I think about him everyday, I'm sure I'll be a bit more reflective.     I recently found this picture of him three weeks ago and spent some time staring at it wondering what he was thinking. He was a brilliant man, a true gentleman and I miss him.   Every year on Father's day we would play golf including Uncle Norm and his stepson Austin. When Jake was old enough, he was added to tradition. I'm happy to s...
26 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
It's a sign of acknowledgment, a job well done or a friendly expression of love. If you need one you might want to head over to Ireland where more than 800 students at an Irish school gave each other pats on the back to break a Guinness World Record.   824 students from Willow Park, Blackrock College, and St. Andrew's College formed a chain on the front lawn of Blackrock College this last Thursday and exchanged pats on the back. It was for a good cause serving as a fundraise...
33 days ago 20 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Although I never stop barbequeing (I'm an official year rounder), this weekend is traditionally the kick off for most. I have previously posted my BBQ duck recipe that I cook for Thanksgiving so I thought I would let you know how I smoke ribs.   Start with a good butcher and buy a couple of racks of baby back ribs. Costco and those big box stores don't sell a good quality rib IMHO.   I use a dry rub to smoke the ribs then a wet one just before serving. My dry rub contains the...
40 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Ben Speller and a friend from the U.K. traveling to Amsterdam for a soccer match booked a “clean home in Amsterdam with a private bathroom” using AirBnB. It was available for their last minute decision and only $128 for one night. When they arrived, you could say it was a bit of a surprise that the “clean home” they had secured was a large metal box standing on the side of the road. When they opened the door, they found three mattresses covered in flimsy bedding and a port...
61 days ago 17 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
I don't know his name but everyone calls him Chief. He sits outside my local 7-11 on the side and greets everyone within hearshot with either How ya doin today? or Change!?!   Yes, he's a begger. Every so often I give him my pocket change however I'm now wondering if I should.   Last week while walking to my car, I turned around and saw him looking at his smart phone. He quickly put it away and smiled at me. Am I to conclude he's begging for money to pay his phone bill?   I c...
68 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
Do you remember Natalie "Nadia" Suleman? I didn't until I ran across a follow up news story.   She is the Octomom, giving birth to 8 babies from one pregnancy. Well, they just celebrated their 10th birthday and all are seemingly healthy and well adjusted. She no dout has her hands full as her 14 children (she already had 6 older children) get bigger and older. In a recent interview she said “Yes, we are struggling, yes, we are in financial hardship.” However, she said her c...
75 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
What do you do with oil that can't be refined or used for commercial purposes?   Apparently you tell people that it's great for your health. In Azerbaijan's north-western city of Naftalan there is a spa that believes a crude oil bath can cure you of a bunch of things.   The local oil is used to treat to cure muscular, skin and bone conditions as well as gynaecological and neurological problems. According to a legend, the healing properties of Naftalan's "miraculous oil" were ...
82 days ago 16 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
All we can be is ourself. At home, business, networking, with friends, family, etc. It is when we are truly present and authentic can we connect with ourselves and the people in our lives.   This reminds me of a scene in The Last Samuri as Tom Cruise is practicing combat with a wooden Samuri sword. He is continually getting a beat down until a young man comes over to him and says "No mind." It is only then that he is not beaten by the Samuri he is practicing with. He can clea...
89 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
So a very good friend couldn't tell me the truth the other day. He was not courageous and did not handle himself well. I totally empathize with him and understand his business decisions. However, the way it was told to me (through other people) actually hurt more and left me wondering...   Do you tell the truth to your friends or do you avoid it using the excuse that you are protecting their feelings.   I have been guilty of the latter and try very hard to continually tell my...
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