Movember 2019

The Movember foundation focuses on awareness in three area: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mens’ mental health (which includes suicide prevention).

For eleven years I have been raising money for Movember, and for every year there are more personal examples of why it is an important charity. Each year that has passed has had more men that I know diagnosed with prostate cancer – some are friends and some are friends or relatives of friends. I have also witnessed the anguish of those who are forces to struggle with mental health issues – and, unfortunately, I also know people who have had to bear the brunt of suicide in their families.

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Book Review: Think. Do. Say.: How to seize attention and build trust in a busy, busy world

Ron Tite is many things: speaker, stand-up comedian, marketing wiz, creative, and -full disclosure- a good friend of mine. Ron has somehow managed to sucessfully deliver the equivalent of his excellent on-stage magic in book form. Think. Do. Say.: How to seize attention and build trust in a busy, busy world is an insightful and entertaining read – and if you’re looking to differentiate yourself from the crowd in a busy modern world, it is a must-read title.

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We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness, Yet

This year has been an interesting one. It has been 365 days complete with highs and lows (not a strange thing for anyone), new experiences and personal growth. So what has been learned? Continue reading

ArMOgeddon 2018



Movember 2018 has come and gone, and this year you all helped me raise over $6K! That’s a pretty incredible achievement, and you should all know that I am very thankful for your help! Continue reading

Lost In Translation

I was explaining to kiddo the other day that I used to study other languages back in university and after I answered her expected question as to which ones I had studied, she shot me a quizzical look – you know, the “yeah right” look. So, I thought that we could play a little game. I fired up Google Translate on my phone and set the input language to Russian and the output language to English. I then started a pattern: I would tell her an English phrase that I was going to speak in Russian, I would speak it into the app, and then she would see that the English translation was what I said it would be.

After a few minutes of this, she wanted to try her hand at speaking Russian. So, I would speak a Russian phrase and show her the result, and then I would get her to attempt the same phrase and we would see how well she did. It didn’t take long to find my favourite result. Continue reading

Worth the Itchiness

Another Movember has come and gone, and our Movember team has raised far more than our goal! I wanted to extend huge thanks to all of our supporters – we couldn’t have done this without you. The funds raised for Movember go towards a number of great causes, including prostate and testicular cancer research and awareness, and also to men’s mental health initiatives.

Thanks, too, to the Movember foundation for running a tight ship (and for the neat harmonica)! See you next year!

It’s not too late to donate. For you last-minute folks: here you go.

Nature’s Berries

Kiddo and I play the Disney Edition of Trivial Pursuit from time to time, which involves us asking each other questions from different decks (I ask her the questions from “younger kids” deck, and she asks me questions from the “older kids” deck). Of course, game-play involves a fair amount of witty repartee (or trash talk, if you like). The other day we had an exchange that made us laugh so hard it felt worthy of a retelling. Continue reading