Friday, February 27, 2009

Out of Our Heads

If we could only get out of our heads, out of our heads
And into our hearts
Children of Abraham lay down your fears, swallow your
Tears and look to your heart

- Sheryl Crow

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Remember Summer?

A fun reminder of summer arrived in my inbox today.

And the results are in...

The great news is that the Nike+ Human Race raised more than a million dollars for refugee children.

We hope that's a result you're pleased with. The total amount that you and your fellow runners have raised for UNHCR to date is $1,000,733.

Congratulations and a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who ran and raised money to make this event a success for UNHCR's campaign.

The first $500,000 will fund teachers and sport in Chad.

More details are available here. Thanks for helping me celebrate my birthday by running for a good cause!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thought For The Day

Think Deeply,
Speak Gently,
Love Much,
Laugh Alot,
Work Hard,
Give Freely,
Trust God,
and Be Kind!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Community Serve Day

Last Sunday (Feb 8th) a local church moved their regular worship services out of the church and into the local community. Rather than singing and sermons - the day was full of painting, sanding, scrubbing, hauling and playing with kids. I went along for the ride and had a blast! For more pictures click here

Preparing Apartment Complex For A Fresh Coat of Paint

Neighbourhood Girl Looks On

Painting and Repairs at the Community Resource Center

Community Celebration in a Local Park

Quote of the Day

Sometimes it feels like the most important thing
about you is the name of your cat.

Veronique Vienne
The Art of Growing Up

Sunday, February 15, 2009


After a week home sick ... today I went for a walk over to the local theatre.

Friends and co-workers keep recommending I go and see "Slumdog Millionaire" - so today I did.

One of the fascinating things about the movie is that several of the young actors are residents of the slums of Mumbai. In recent weeks controversy has swirled about the use and payment of the young stars. I found this interview with the directory interesting.

Breathing Easy

The last week I have been unbelievably congested and downright sick. Getting showered and dressed was more than I could manage. Yeah, for working in my PJs at my home office.

Today, I am finally starting to breathe easy. Here I am all showered and dressed and celebrating with Picky!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thought For The Day

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Picky Sleeps

We're Going To Be In The Hudson

Last week, the tapes of the conversation between Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the air traffic controller that took place just before the plane in the Hudson river were released. Rachel Maddow played them during the "holy mackeral" portion of her show. I echo her sentiments. This man says "We're going to be in the Hudson" more calmly then I would say "I'll be at the mall this afternoon".

Holy Mackerel!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009


I have often wondered why most companies have a creative department with a limited number of people, usually a very small percentage of the people which are on the payroll.

Every department in a company is a creative department as long as the department has people in it. All people are creative. Creativity has its root in the creator which is within each of us. As you permit the higher side of your nature to express itself in a greater way for good in your life, you are being creative.

There are an enormous number of people who deprive themselves of many of the joys life offers because they believe they are not creative.

"Musicians are creative, writers, artists and designers are creative but I'm not."

You should realize there are creative auto-mechanics, carpenters, secretaries and warehouse people. There are lawyers, accountants and dentists who are creative.
Creativity has absolutely nothing to do with what you do but it has everything to do with how you do it. William James said, "Creativity is the ability to think in unhabitual ways."
Pay particular attention today to the various people you come in contact with. Observe closely how these people apply themselves to their jobs.

Some will be an absolute symphony in every move they make. It will be obvious they have given creative thought to their work while others move in a very mechanical way. If they are asked to do anything which may be out of the norm you may very well hear the reply, "I'm sorry, that is not my job." There are definite self-imposed limitations to their activity.

They have never learned that they are a truly dynamic being with limitless creative potential in every fiber of their being. Nor have they learned that this creative potential is awaiting recognition from them.

You have the opportunity to express your creativity staring you in the face every minute. If you haven't begun to express it, do so today.

Bob Proctor
creativity enabler

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Rainy Day

It has been raining for *three* days. That is three days in a row!!

The Pickster and I are laying low - trying to stay warm, dry, and kick the latest cold.

The Big Long Talk

The introvert in me has spent alot of time on that highway looking for an exit...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Quote Of The Day

Some people don't like small talk, they like BIG talk,
*BIG* L-O-N-G Talk.

You look for a break in the BIG LONG talk,
but there are no breaks.

Usually you look for some small little area to squeeze in ...
an o.k. ...
or an alrighty...
and then you start to move away...
and they pull you back.

"Okey Dokey" or "alrighty then" are conversation enders.

For those of you that are wondering,
those are the punctuation of bye-bye.
That is what I am trying to say.

The whole experience is like being on a highway,
with no exits,
and having to pee.

That's the feeling you have inside of you.

When people are talking and talking and talking...
It's like looking for an exit sign
and there is no way to get out.

- Ellen Degeneres

Hugs or Kisses

Hugs or Kisses?! You decide. This month Nivea has teamed up with TEDs to support the Make It Right campaign.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Jac Jac's Shoes

Only a crazy Californian would arrive at the slopes in beach shoes. Socks were a nice touch -eh?!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

No fun allowed?!?

This is my favourite sign at Mountain High.

Translation - Playing in The Snow Is Not Permitted.

Ah, but isn't that the whole point of the trip...