Thursday, July 27, 2017

20 hours of being present – at Second City Toronto

June 27, 2011 by  
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For the past two weekends, I have been immersed in Improv (aka Improvisational Theatre) training at the world-reknown Second City in Toronto.   “Improv?”  my friends asked when they heard “You plan to do standup?”  Well, no.  Truth is, I signed up because I thought improv would add to my facilitation and public speaking toolbox.  […]

How long is a “moment”?

February 10, 2011 by  
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It is the thing these days to “be in the present moment”.  How long is a moment?  Is it a minute?  A second?  30 seconds?  A day? A moment is not a matter of time as measured by the human clock.  The dictionary describes it as “an indefinitely short period of time”.  I also find […]

Free and laughing in Central Africa!

December 16, 2010 by  
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Thank you …. for the gift of Free and Laughing.  I made sure to include it as part of my ‘library’ that I brought with me to Central Africa. I received this e-mail yesterday from my friend Nadine McNeil.  It warmed my heart to know that my book was having an impact half way around the […]

Laughter and enlightenment

November 16, 2010 by  
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Says the Dalai Lama: “I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life…but I laugh often, and my laughter is contagious. When people ask me how I find the strength to laugh now, I reply that I am a professional laugher. And my religion is kindness”. We typically think of spiritual […]

Free and laughing travel – without leaving home!

I came across an interview with author Mary Pipher.  Here’s what she shared about books: ‎”If you live 70 years and aren’t a reader, you will know maybe 3,000 people over your lifetime. But if you read books, you’ll go all over the world and know all these wonderful people you could never have met […]

What’s the rush? Lessons from a fall

July 16, 2010 by  
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On Tuesday, I had 3 very important appointments – a job interview, a meeting about my next book and a telephone conference call with a client in Barbados.  I also was in the throes of preparing a proposal that had to be submitted by Thursday and organizing the midterm examination for my students at Ryerson.  […]

Free and laughing at the laundromat

January 3, 2010 by  
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A note from my Facebook friend Jaci.  A great example of how a small shift in one’s state radiates outward, magnifies and can change a situation.  Just think what could have happen if Jaci had “blasted”!  Instead, she laughed and there was a different outcome – win/win for all! Happy New Year, Marguerite! 🙂 True […]

Dance, love, sing and live in the moment

October 29, 2009 by  
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I love Today’s Bright Spark contributed by Carmen (see column right).  I have read it so many times that this morning when Carmen sent her selected quote, I just said “Oh that again” and proceeded with my other e-mails.  Then I decided to stop, read again and really consider what it means. “Dance like no […]

How to change a deadline to a “liveline”

October 20, 2009 by  
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I wrote this blog last June – in my state of bliss, and celebration of my revelation, I never posted it.  I found it while clearing out my papers last night and thought I would share it with you – for the lessons are still applicable. A major deadline of June 30 was looming.  As […]

Missing Jamaican coffee

September 10, 2009 by  
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Everyone who knows me, knows that I am an inveterate, unapologetic coffee drinker.  Every new study that pronounces that coffee is good for your health, is heralded by me and spread far and wide to all!  “See?  I always told you coffee is good for you”. My sister and I are also known as brewers […]

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