Bostonians accept their fate as Canadians

Aww we love you Boston! <3

Aww we love you Bostonians! <3

I cannot believe the weather Boston has been having!

It seems they just finish cleaning up snow when another snow storm hits.

Here in Canada, Manitoba has seen temperatures as low as -36c/-33f.

New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are dealing with snow banks that are 2 meters/7.5 ft. high.

Montreal has seen the longest stretch of cold weather in 80 years.

But we’re not seeing anything like that here in Calgary.

It’s as if we’re in a protective bubble. On the weekend it did snow, but the snow melted on Monday as temperatures rose to 13c/56f – unbelievably unseasonal!

Please forgive me. Don’t be mad.

I’m not trying to be insensitive – honest!

This is not the norm for Calgary. And if Bostonians have accepted their fate as Canadians, then Calgarians are embracing their fate as Californians.

5th Street SW, Calgary AB

5th Street SW, Calgary AB

Just look at that blue sky! Can you see the sun’s reflection on the high-rise in the distance? There’s got to be some snow somewhere, right? So I continued on in search of snow.


Mission Crossing, Calgary AB February 2015

And there it is, I found snow. These two snow banks in front of Mission crossing have got to be almost 2 ft. high!


These musician gladly consented to having their picture taken. Tompkins Park, Calgary AB Feb 2015

These musicians gladly consented to having their picture taken. Tompkins Park, Calgary AB Feb 2015

I know it doesn’t seem fair. We’ve been quite fortunate this winter.

But don’t you worry, March is typically our heaviest snowfall month; that ought to make the skiers and snowboarders happy.

And to tell the truth, I’m ready for some snow!


 Maybe you should be considering a trip to Calgary for a break from winter?

Where Do You Rate on the Worry Scale?


“Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.” – Walt Disney

The image above seems to say, “This is how your spirit feels when you let go.”

Many of you provide tips to living well in your blogs.

You use words like mindfulness, living in the moment.

You talk about letting go of the outcomes.

Do what is in your power to do and then let go.

And trust the process.

I’d be lying if I told you that I have this down pat, but I am learning!

If I were to rate myself on a Worry Scale of 1 to 10; 1 being  I never worry, 5 being I worry, but examine why I’m worrying, take action where I can, then let it go and 10 being I’m a chronic worrier, I would select 5 as the norm, and 7 in this moment.


Where would you rate yourself as the norm? At this moment? Do you think worrying is related to gender or the same across the board? What one issue do you worry about the most? If you’re a worrier, how do you manage it?

related post: STOP and Find Balance

Friday Pick 142

Don over at Uncle Bardie’s Stories and Such posts on Sundays and Wednesdays. He promises his blog is not for blowing off steam but solely for your entertainment and delight. I think he does well in keeping his promise, but don’t take my word for it, go check him out!

In Don’s own words:

In this day and age, we can use some stories and a little mirth. The world seems to have fallen off its rocker lately. So from time to time, I plan to give you a few jokes, a pun or two, a humorous tale, and who knows, there may just be a good belly laugh popping out from under your covers. Sometimes I will take a lop-sided look at life from my corner of the galaxy and try to put one and one together and make it add up to three, maybe four. And don’t tell me it can’t be done. Anything is possible with higher math and a little imagination.

This week, I’ve chosen the post below as my Friday Pick.

In this post Don takes a ‘Tongue in Cheek’ approach to another possible version of 50 Shades…

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and tell Don Diana sent you…

Fifty Shades of Me by Uncle Bardie’s Stories and Such


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Can you make someone fall in love with you by asking the right questions?


The other day my friend sent me a text, “Google 36 questions that lead to love…”

“Nah,” I texted back.

“I know you will!” she shot back.

The next day, she popped by.


“Well What?”

“Did you google the 36 question thing?”

“Nope, forgot all about it,” I said.

To make a long story short, I ended up grabbing my laptop while she was here and googling the said article. It states that asking a particular set of questions will expedite the mutual falling in love of you and the person sitting across from you.

Not someone you know, mind you, but a complete stranger!

The article states that once you’ve gone through the questions you must look into each others eyes for four minutes. Geesh – that’s a long time to be looking at someone. I mean there have been times when I warm up my coffee in the microwave and before the microwave pings that one minute has passed, I’ve accomplished three tasks!

I do like the questions though and here are some of my favourites. To read the complete article and all 36 questions from the NY Times, click here.

Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.

If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share … “

What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?

Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.

Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.

I can see how this exercise would help you to really get to know someone. But fall in love? Really? And some of these questions would be hard enough to discuss with someone I trust, let alone a complete stranger!

What do you think?


Can you picture yourself going over these questions with a complete stranger? Can you even imagine that someone would be up to trying this? Can asking the right questions really accelerate falling in love? What made you fall in love with your partner?

The 36 Questions That Lead To Love as seen in the NY Times

Do You Love What You Do?

“People think I’m disciplined. It is not discipline. It is devotion. There is a great difference.” – Luciano Pavarotti

IHateMyJobDo you love what you do? Well if you do, you’re in the minority.

According to RYOT News & Action’s post here, 70% of Americans hate their stupid jobs.

It’s not that different outside America. A world-wide poll of a 140 countries indicates that only 13 % of people like their jobs.

I suppose if you’re in the majority of people who don’t like their jobs, it takes a great deal of discipline on your part to do a good job.

If you are in the minority, you’ve probably been heard saying, “I can’t believe I get paid to do this!” You likely don’t have to exercise great discipline to do your job; in fact, you can’t wait until Monday so you can get back at it!

Most of us will never have the perfect job. But we can have projects that inspire our devotion, and hopefully these will make up for the parts of our job we hate.


Do you love your great job or hate your stupid job? Or do you find yourself somewhere in the middle?

Friday Pick 141

Gemma writes about work, HR and the like over at People Stuff. Gemma is an HR professional and shares her experiences and learnings in an easy-to-read-and-comprehend way. If you’re an HR professional, or interested in all things HR, or just want to read well written posts about workplace people stuff, be sure to click on the link below.

In Gemma’s own words:

I’m a HRD in the healthcare industry and a Fellow of the CIPD. Blogging and musing on all things HR, social media and employment law. I’m all about doing good people stuff and chucking out chintz.

This week, I’ve chosen the post below as my Friday Pick.

In this post Gemma talks about the gap between authentic leadership and the things people feel they still have to hide…

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Wearing One Face by People Stuff


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What it must feel like to be invisible

I was totally stumped. No idea what I was going to write today. That is until I read Jim McKeever’s post over at Irish Investigations where he wrote about the hidden camera test of kindness video that’s been making the rounds. In a nutshell, a videographer compared peoples’ reactions to a man in a suit on crutches falling and a homeless man on crutches falling.

To read Jim’s post click here.

images3Jim’s post reminded me of something that once happened to me.

Years ago, on a cold winter day I parked my car at Hotel d’Arts where the homeless organization I was working for had secured parking spots for staff.

Man it was cold that day. I don’t remember how cold but it might as well have been -100 for how quickly my exposed skin started to freeze the minute I stepped out of the car.

I rushed down Centre Street toward the 12th Avenue intersection, passing men who were standing on ‘cash corner’ and waiting for anyone who might have a day’s work for them. Most of these men were homeless or at the very least, living way below the poverty line. I probably knew some of them, but I was too focused on walking the two blocks to work as fast as I could to notice.

Shivering from the cold, I waited for the light to change. As I crossed Centre Street, I slipped on the ice and came crashing down on the road.

I must have hit my head because I felt dizzy and nauseous.  I couldn’t get up or even call out for help. I looked at the men on cash corner, my eyes pleading for help, and not one person moved to help me.

I remember thinking about what would happen when the light turned red. Panic set in so I crawled on my stomach like soldiers do in basic training to get under that net to the next obstacle in their exercise. I crawled/dragged myself to the other side of the street to the building that stands there. I pulled myself into a standing position using the building as support and waited there until my head stopped swimming. Then I walked to work.

I was not angry that day. More confounded, I think. Surprised that no one helped me.

In retrospect, it was almost like I just accepted that no one helped. I imagine most homeless folks have felt this way at one time or another.  This is what it must be like to feel invisible.


Having asked several people over the years what the hardest part about being homeless is, most answered along these lines:  It’s not when people look at you as if you’re disgusting, it’s when people look right through you as if you’re invisible. Have you ever felt invisible?