Advent Project – Day 17:  Are we there yet?

When I was growing up we always got a live Christmas tree. My dad (armed with bow saw) and my grandfather (armed with a flask of rye for him and a thermos of hot chocolate for me) would head off to a tree farm around Brantford. We got a short needle tree for my dad’s […]

Advent Project – Day 16: Gaudete Sunday

Oh Joy! I was in the mall on Saturday afternoon for a few hours. It wasn’t a tactical strike – it was a wander. There were people who didn’t want to be there: Kids pitching fits and adults pitching fits and bribes of ice cream (because that *never* causes unintentional extra-crunchy mayhem) and a candy-cane stuck in an […]

Advent Project – Day 15: Losers

I don’t feel the need to justify or defend my faith by forwarding memes because usually that means I have to put down one group to defend mine. By my standards of my faith, that’s not right. But every once in a while, one shows up that speaks to me. I’m still not likely to […]

Advent Project – Day 13: The Avalanche

I heard a phrase in a Ted Talk that I’ve been thinking about: Every snowflake in the avalanche pleads, “Not guilty”. It’s a bit of a paraphrase of Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, who said “No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” Indeed. We’re on the leading edge of making changes to a few processes at […]

Advent Project – Day 12: The Cracks in the Year

In several of my social circles, the year-end complaints about the WorstYearEver have started. This certainly has been a tumultuous year, and some people have had some hard knocks, but it can’t be the WorstYearEver *every* year, can it? When I think about it, I couldn’t tell you what my WorstYearEver was. This year had […]

Advent Project – Day 11: Saint Lucy

Happy Santa Lucia day, friends! This time of year there are many festivals of light happening in different cultures and faith communities. The feast of St. Lucy is celebrated as a way to bring light into a dark time of year. Many places have light displays at this time of year. Hanukkah has just finished. […]

Advent Project – Day 10: Value

I got a new laptop at work this week. It’s been waiting for me to cut over for a few weeks now, but the prospect of reinstalling all my department software in the week leading up to Release Day is terrifying. And at least one of those software packages is a giant C-U-Next-Tuesday during release […]

Advent Project Day 9 – Eureka Moments

I’m a WordNerd, and a writer to boot, so clarity of language is paramount in my world. I campaign for Simple Language and Global English in our corporate writing because making language easily digestible by all readers is crucial.  We try to strike a balance between clear language and informal tone. We certainly don’t use […]

Advent Project Day 8: Stepping up

This morning I woke up on the cusp of weird dreams. Mike was sitting in his chair in my living room, chipping golf balls over our dining room table and into a red solo cup in front of the bay window in my dining room. Because of course he was. There was other, equally bizarre […]