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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Involvement vs success

Involvement in a child's education isn't restricted to joining the PTA. These articles at suite101.com and essortment.com discuss a variety of ways for parents and care-givers to be involved in a child's education.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Probability of discontinuation vs product value

When I find a product I really value, chances are the manufacturer will discontinue it.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

The square root of four is rainbows

Bragging rights if you can tell me where this quote is from.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Oversold the message

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The only constant in life is ...

change.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Handwashing vs hand cream

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Law of parking

Is there a law of parking that states "no matter where you park in an empty parking lot, another car will quickly come in and park so close to you that you can barely open your door wide enough to get out of your vehicle?"

There should be.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dwell

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Ideas

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Where grape juice intersects toddler

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Today is the tomorrow you were worried about yesterday

Was it worth it?

(That is, was the worry worth it?)
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Thursday, August 6, 2009

In a child's mind

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Power vs time

Gretchen Rubin wrote:

Studies show that dwelling on negative thoughts amplifies their power in your mind. In fact, some researchers suggest that a reason that more women suffer depression than men is that women are more likely to “overthink,” while men are better at distracting themselves from negative thoughts.

Which reminded me of these words of wisdom posted by Jen Lawrence:
The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. - Carlos Castaneda

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Be the change

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Would you like corn with that?

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Meta @wilw

This doodle is a little self-indulgent. Months ago, while following the tweets of Wil Wheaton, I thought "Hey, these would make great doodle fodder!" While doing a bit of background research, I found out that Ken Denmead of GeekDad beat me to it. Rather than let that stop me, I just included the information in the doodle. (Which makes it less of a punch line and more of an inside joke. A good geek would have a link here to the xkcd comic where Randall Munroe comments that there's already a picture on the internet of anything you can think of. But I can't seem to put my finger on it.)

Apologies to Wil Wheaton for hijacking his tweet and to Ken Denmead for embedding his comic!

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

People pleaser

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Win an Ultimate Back-to-School Combo (now with Teeny Tags™) !

As a Mabel's Labels agent, I'm happy to offer you a chance to win an Ultimate Back-to-School Combo from Mabel's Labels.

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Contest closes Monday, July 13th at 11:59pm (EST).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

When no means yes

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Oblivious vs hypercritical

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Parenting class attendees

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Rarely easy

It's rarely easy.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Things I worried about

Based on Craig's post 'Worries' which was based on Dale Carnegie and the I'm Learning to Share post about 'How To Stop Worrying and Start Living' (1949).

"Ninety-nine per cent of the things I worried about never happened."
(Though I'm worried I don't have that quite right.)

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Exfoliating beads -- lovely

From scrawlzine:

Okay. The big fish eat the little fish . But what do the little fish eat? Plastic. And where does the plastic come from? Chances are, you, if you used one of numerous body washes, face creams and anything else with exfoliating beads. While sewage treatment plants have filters that remove most large items such as soda bottles, it is unlikely to remove grain-of-sand-sized “microplastic” used in beauty products. Like sand in the hourglass those are the items that settle on the ocean floor where fish and crustaceans cannot differentiate them from food.

From the Manitoban:
King and Thompson are both quick to explain that the interference of digestion and potential blockages causing malnutrition and death of marine life are only one aspect of the issues associated with marine life ingesting plastic. The other, perhaps even more significant, problem is related to polymer’s ability to absorb and retain chemicals. This is where small particles are especially troublesome. Thompson explains the unique ability of small plastic particles to soak up and absorb harmful chemicals, “When you are dealing with very small particles of this size, the potential for chemicals to be transferred and taken up by organisms is much greater than if you’re dealing with larger items because the smaller an item is the larger the surface area to volume ratio it has and the greater potential for any chemicals that were incorporated during manufacture. All of those have accumulated on the surface of the plastic while it has been in the environment. There’s much more potential for those [chemicals] to be released from small pieces than there is for big pieces.”

So, the smaller the particle, the more ability it has to absorb and release chemicals. This is where the exfoliating beads become even more troublesome. King explained what this means for marine life who ingest these small particles, “The small exfoliant beads are a major problem [ . . . ] Due to the nature of plastics, they absorb any toxins in the environment. When a seabird, or fish, or other species ingests the piece of plastic, the amount of toxin is many times the amount that they would be exposed to otherwise, and can often be poisonous.”


For more about the impact of humans on the oceans, check out TVO's Agenda episode titled Big Ocean Blues.


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Monday, April 6, 2009

How full is your RSS feedreader?

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Mistakes vs tasks

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Probability of a potty training incident vs time before dinner burns

This must be some variation of Murphy's Law.
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Monday, March 23, 2009

Luck

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

-- Seneca

(And what an opportunity for Mabel's Labels, the Canadian company that made the personalized bag-tags given with birthday party loot bags for Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling's son Liam. Congratulations Mabel's!)

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Healthy eating

Mmmmm.... doughnuts ...
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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Success

Over at Non-Stick Plans, Michael recently posted Ronald Searle’s three requirements for success:

  • working discipline,
  • absolute command of the medium and
  • constant productivity.
To a certain extent, this is true. However, there is a at least one more ingredient. Circumstance (family, culture, friendship, opportunity and chance) also plays a role in an individual's success, as discussed in Malcolm Gladwell's, book Outliers.

Nonetheless, Searle's thoughts overlap nicely with Gladwell's "10,000-Hour Rule." ("No one gets to the top unless he or she puts in 10,000 hours of practice in a field, be it computer software, hockey, music, or law." -- Business Week review of Outliers)
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Who are you calling a twit?

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentine, you amaze me!

[Download the PDF for this Heart Maze.]
[Download the PDF for Heart Maze Valentine's Day cards.]
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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Loyalty cards

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Seasonal parking

My kingdom for a parking spot!

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Happiness vs gratitide

From the "Science for Raising Happy Kids"

Researchers have found that people who practice gratitude feel considerably happier (25%) than those in a control group; they are more joyful, enthusiastic, interested, and determined.

Grateful people not only feel good, but they act good, so to speak; their joy and enthusiasm is palpable to others. Studies show that people who have been taught to practice being appreciative offer more emotional support to other people. Grateful people are more likely to be both kind and helpful. And the spouses and friends of gratitude practicers report increases in energy, excitement, and attentiveness.


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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sigh

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Happiness vs friendships

From the "Science for Raising Happy Kids"

The upshot of 50 years of happiness research is that the quantity and quality of a person’s social connections—friendships, relationships with family members, closeness to neighbors, etc.—is so closely related to well-being and personal happiness the two can practically be equated. People with many friendships are less likely to experience sadness, loneliness, low self-esteem, and problems with eating and sleeping.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

New mom bliss

What are the ingredients for your bliss? How often to you take advantage of them when they present themselves? Do you give yourself permission to relax? If not, who do you think is going to give it to you?

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

It's an honour just to be nominated

I was excited to discover that Brigindo, nominated this blog for an Inspiration Award!

I've complied with the rules of the nomination over here.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Relax

Vivian Quiring once said:

"Saying you don't have time to revitalize is like saying you don't have time to get gas because you're too busy driving."

Or as Sydney J. Harris put it:
"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it."

So what are you waiting for? Make time to relax!
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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Do you play to your strengths?

It seems like a simple enough question. Let's look at a definition of strength:

strength - forte: an asset of special worth or utility; "cooking is his forte"
Many people translate that into "something you are good at doing." Not so, says Marcus Buckingham.
"—just because you're good at something doesn't mean it's a strength. If what you're doing completes you, it's a strength. If it depletes you, it's actually a weakness."
Something to think about.
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