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January 10 2010
Posted By:
Stu

Being a single father you realize how lucky you had it before the separation. I don’t mean the relationship I had with my partner but the access every day to my children. When you’re married you find lots to do that doesn’t involve spending time with the kids. You are busy, you have work to do, there is something “else” to do.

“I’ll be there in a minute…” is a far to common phrase that resonates through too many households.

I am granted... Read More

January 04 2010
Posted By:
Stu

There’s a great quote I read today and posted on Twitter…

Today never occurred before, it will never be repeated. At midnight it will end, quietly, totally, forever. The hours between are full of possibilities.

It’s a new year, a chance to start over, to create new, to evaluate what has and what could happen.

I am not a fan of New Years resolutions. I am not a fan of the idea of January 1st being some whimsical... Read More

December 02 2009
Posted By:
Stu

I am not a “writer”. I have never published a novel. Poetry is not my thing. I am not that eloquent. I love to “spell check”.

I am not the owner of multiple degrees. My awards shelf is small and the accolades are yet to arrive.

I write though. I write to express my thoughts. I write to share ideas. I write for me and I guess in the end I am writing for you.

There’s something about have someone else read my thoughts. It is even better out loud. It... Read More

November 30 2009
Posted By:
Stu

I remember growing up in the eighties and listening to Billy Joel. He was pretty popular back then. I saw the “Storm Front” tour at Maple Leaf Gardens. There is line from a Billy Joel song that says “You learn more falling flat on your face then you ever will in school.” That line has stuck with me for 25 years.

Yesterday was the annual Grey Cup football game in Canada. The Montreal Alouettes won the game on a last second field goal. They also lost the game on a last second field... Read More

November 18 2009
Posted By:
Stu

Every night as a child without question we came home and my family ate together. It was just the way it was. We all talked at dinner, sometimes we fought, sometimes we just sat together and celebrated our disfunction. This continued well after my parents separated. My mom would make dinner for my brother and I. Even when she was a single mom, working full time and struggling to make ends meet.

As the generations changed, the idea of nightly dinners disappeared. There became... Read More

November 16 2009
Posted By:
Stu

Leaders are people that can commit to something, anything, all things. There are two keys to being a success at this skill. One, is not to over commit. The other key is to simply follow through with what it is you say your going to do. It’s that simple if you say “I will do that.” then you should do it. If you are having a hard time with following through you should go back to whomever you committed to and say, “I need more time.” or “I may have over extended myself.”.

If... Read More

November 03 2009
Posted By:
Stu

Here are my thoughts on the current H1N1 flu. I was reading today on the “Facebook” and saw some 22,000 plus people had joined a group called close schools because of the swine flu. I had to join and I had to read the wisdom behind this suggestion. Well there is none. They do have a fancy, very scary logo though.

Here’s my take.

The Logo is dumb, the hype is dumb, the billions of dollars being made off this “pandemic” is dumb, the whole... Read More

October 23 2009
Posted By:
Stu

Have you had them? Do you ever find yourself say… “Yes! That’s it.”?

When you do, you need to jump on those moments. You need to embrace those moments. I am searching for one right now. The winter is coming, blah, it’s a time that I always start to question my future. What do I want to do with the next 20 years. I am approaching my 20th anniversary of what I do. Working in and with schools. 20 years, 2 decades that is a long time. I am truly blessed to have a... Read More

October 12 2009
Posted By:
Stu

This is Thanksgiving across Canada. In the US you have to wait until November. Either way this holiday is the least commercial of all. We tend not to give presents to our children, we don’t spend thousands of dollars trying to out do the neighbours in decorating the homestead.

This is the perfect time of year to live the holiday. Write a list of what you are most thankful for. The people, your home, your job, your family and friends. Make that... Read More

September 21 2009
Posted By:
Stu

The other night I was at the local fall fair and the kids I were roaming around trying to find some healthy food choices, besides yummy Corn Dogs. We noticed the big show that night was the actual North American Touring cast of Disney’s High School Musical Summer Celebration. Right away the children looked up with their best Puppy Dog eyes… “PLEASE!!!!”

Tickets were $30 each… four of us would be $120!! I said sorry but no. It’s ok to... Read More

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