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Garden party

Garden party

It had been talked about for the past years: some other owners and I wanted to get out of that array of green shades around our building. When putting the budget together late last year, we secured some funds for “landscaping”. Big word for our…

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The flies and the vinegar

The flies and the vinegar

While watching the news leaves me more and more perplex about how much, when that happens, partisans of opposite ideas, political, social, cultural or economic, get to listen to what “the others” have to say, and why, it sometimes seems fairly similar to what a…

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When is this until?

When is this until?

The last town hall meeting I was invited to started with a basic incentive: yes, there was food. It was nicely laid out on a central table: guests looked at it, eagerly and somewhat impatiently, yet quietly, waiting for the main presenter to unfold the…

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The price-tagged rule that hurts

The price-tagged rule that hurts

Puzzled and a bit annoyed (in a first-world way, that is): after endless debates and lively discussions with friends and professionals around the idea of sharing, trading and even bartering, I got fined by a worldwide company I only knew of as a sponsor to…

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Thank You, and you too

Thank You, and you too

Yes, there is a “You”, and then another “you”: major and delightful cleavage to compose with. The capital-letter-ones are a small and very strong collection of supporters, with great ideas and offering challenging perspectives to grow and breathe better. I learn a great deal with…

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com·mu·ni·cate (k -my n -k t )

com·mu·ni·cate (k -my n -k t )

Before giving any speech, whether to one’s team or an assembly of “strangers”, the accepted rule is to prepare and know the audience. Seth Macfarlane got a sense of it at the Academy Awards ceremony this past Sunday, fully aware and determined he was only going to…

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She is gone

She is gone

So, that is it, you went to join the angels, and all the other ones who had given you the mission to guide your family, with the values you had judged best, with this rage to do as much as possible so we would never lack…

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Keener?

Keener?

Keener (Canadian slang, noun)… Although the online dictionaries I consulted give a slightly different definition from how I have been using this word in everyday life, I had no idea this was a “Canadian” term until recently. My immediate social entourage however qualifies for that…

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Crossing further

Crossing further

While some politicians are debating on a way to pay their country’s debts and decide on a budget, others are looking into new nuclear projects and worldwide charities are running another stretch of their continuous fundraising campaign. The new year’s celebrations are competing year after…

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It is what it is

It is what it is

The first time I met with the COO of a company I used to work for, the conversation got cut short with this ruthless statement, yielding for nothing but acceptance. Nothing to add, just swallow both my pride and the pill, whatever the message. I…

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