FINANCE FOR DUMMIES-I am so taking down my Alan Greenspan poster. Watch CBC’s MELTDOWN. Okay, not the sexiest thing to do on a long weekend but it does explain the sub prime crash and why it could happen again. The former fed reserv chair is either a doddering old billy goat or the corruption on wall street goes so far up the food chain, it’s staggering. Thank goodness my penny stocks should kick in anytime soon.
SAVED BY HIS PERVERTED WAYS ( As seen above in his favorite ‘pull my finger’ pose)Dominque Strauss Kahn’s replacement Christine Lagarde was one of the original sub prime whistleblowers. Don’t think Wall Street counted on DSK not being able to keep his stocks and bonds in his pants.Largarde seems good for the peeps.
Judy’s One Minute Shelf Help Video Pick:
Relieving Work Related Stress with Humour
I had a terrific time at many events this month including The Women In Business Conference in Ottawa. Over 350 women turned out on International Women’s Day. That’s a lot of power!
Community Angels is a regular segment about men and women in our community who are making a difference one good deed at a time- big or small. From schools to churches to community centres to single moms and dads. Feel free to send me someone or an organization that you would like to nominate as a Community Angel.
As an anonymous quote says, ” To the world, you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.”
As comedian Steven Wright says, ” It’s a small world but I wouldn’t want to paint it.”
We are all connected.
Today, I dedicate Community Angels to the volunteer dog walkers at The Toronto Humane Society.
Meet Wendy. Wendy was found in an abandoned field outside of Woodstock. It looked like she had about three litters and no one wanted her. Enter ‘ Dianne’. Dianne was one of the many volunteer dog walkers at the Toronto Humane Society. She noticed right away that Wendy was smart, loving and docile. All Wendy needed was a good home. ‘Dianne’ has an older dog at home and she thought now might be a good time, as any to introduce a new dog into the family. ‘ Dianne’s’ older dog could teach Wendy the ropes.
Dianne says the Toronto Humane Society can always use more dog walkers so if you need some exercise and more importantly, you want to help a furry friend stretch their paws, contact the Toronto Humane Society.
I was there the other day and I was really impressed yet saddened by the all beautiful dogs that seemed so content just to get some simple things like a bit of attention and a walk.
Hats off to the volunteer dog walkers and all of the volunteers at the Toronto Humane Society.
May every dog, cat, rabbit, bird, and little critter I forgot to mention, find a good,caring home.
Here a few other pics of some of Wendy’s buddies still in the ‘clink’.
Spinner-use to be a dolphin in a former life
Theo- can quote Shakespeare
Jerome- loves to play chess
The Joy of Aging- Nov 10th 2013- Riviera Parque
I will be hosting this year’s gala. Dr. Marla Shapiro will be the guest speaker.
Recently, I had the pleasure of chatting with Janine Purves – co-chair of the Joy of Aging Gala 2013.
So Janine, tell me, what exactly is The Joy Of Aging?
The Joy of Aging is all about women celebrating women, aging gracefully and having fun doing it. It’s s about camaraderie, fun and supporting our local hospital & The Mackenzie Health Foundation.
What is this year’s focus and who is your main speaker?
The focus of this year’s Joy of Aging is on menopause. We are thrilled to have Dr. Marla Shapiro as our guest speaker. We’ve had lots of requests in the past for her. Every year we try to get a great speaker who can really help us – one who understands the facets of aging. Dr. Shapiro is going to be talking about menopause- behind the headline news. Hopefully, we will learn many things and have a lot of fun doing it.
Tell us about the rest of the events planned for the day?
There is a breakfast included and we try to make the event exciting. We have some activities for participants including massage therapy in exchange for a small donation. You can get your hair and make-up touched up, for again, a small donation. As a result, you will look and feel great.
There will also be a silent auction and there is also a plan to have a raffle. There will be all sorts of interesting vendors and sponsors who will specifically cater to the women who are there. There will also be all sorts of stuff to buy for a good deal.
Last year, I hear there was a big purchasing hit.
Yes, the Jeanne Lottie (www.jeannelottie.com) handbags were a big hit last year!
We’re also looking to have winetasting this year.
What do proceeds from The Joy of Aging go towards?
Proceeds from The Joy of Aging will go towards our local hospital. This is all about the community and local businesses getting together for the local hospital – Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. All proceeds will go towards Mackenzie Health Foundation.
This year, we are trying to raise $50,000 to help with the purchase of an MRI scanner. We would like to get a second permanent one at the hospital.
Why are community donations so important?
York region is one of the fastest growing areas in all of North America- not just Canada. We really need extra funding because government funding doesn’t actually pay for equipment. As a result, community donations really do help to make a difference.
How much has The Joy of Aging raised in the past?
This is our fifth year. The Joy of Aging has raised about 115,000 dollars in the past four years. Every year, the event has grown. People keep coming back!
Do you still have room for last minute sponsors?
Yes, if you would like to become a sponsor for The Joy of Aging, please feel free to contact us by telephone at (905)707-5220 or email Sean for more information at email@example.com. Visit www.thejoyofaging.ca to get involved.
*Early bird tickets are $65 until Oct 1 2013
1. JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg? Are you kidding me? These two guys working together? OMG, that’s almost as lethal as the illegal cargo being transported by the US Military in the beginning of Super 8.
2. Super 8 is Jurassic Park meets ET. Enough said.
3. The crash scene in the beginning of Super 8. OMG, just when you thought..ya ya, alien, dinosaur, Spielberg surprise me…one of the best crash scenes ever!!!
At the beginning of this year, I committed to making 12 resolutions – one per month- rather than one big, ominous resolution for the whole year. So far, so good. I have been slowly checking little things off my big list, even when a global pandemic called Coronavirus reared its ugly head earlier this year.
But that’s not the story.
This month I was looking for something inspirational…something comforting in this time of unknowing.
I found it in the form of 60’s music! I watched some incredible documentaries that made me feel great. These films feature music that helped me forget about Coronavirus -albeit temporarily.
The list is endless… Once Were Brothers (Robbie Robertson and The Band), The Last Waltz (directed by Martin Scorsese and hailed as one of the greatest documentary concert films ever), David Crosby: Remember My Name, Echo in the Canyon ( a documentary about the ‘California sound’ featuring The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas and Papas) just to name a few.
I asked myself why I was suddenly craving this genre of music.
It was….comforting. The lyrics, the music, the collaboration, the comraderie – the ‘hippiness’ of it all.
It seemed like a simpler time. A kinder and gentler moment in history.
But was it really? The Vietnam War, The Civil Rights protests, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the Cuban Missile Crisis, etc. etc.
It wasn’t a kinder and gentler time, at all.
If anything, it was uglier and more violent.
Perhaps, underneath the trampled protest signs, bullets and bloodshed were the seeds of peace, love, forgiveness and creativity. Catalysts at the crossroads of folk and rock.
If they could create then, we can certainly create now.
As Bob Dylan once said, “Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.”
These are definitely challenging times. Many of us feel helpless. Some of us will write, sing, dance or even tell jokes! Because, that’s what we do. That’s how we cope.
At the very least, it will comfort us in the minute and, who knows? We just might create something beautiful.
Rock on. Be safe.
Drive is an AMAZING book but this video is an even COOLER way of presenting it. Enjoy.
I LOVED this book. Malcolm Gladwell endorsed it for Pete’s sake. What else do you need to know?
In a nutshell, here are the THREE MAIN THINGS that motivate us.
Autonomy – The need to create our own direction
Mastery– Improving ourselves
Purpose– Contributing to something bigger than ourselves
Money, money, money
Pink says first of all, people need to be paid a decent amount of money to make a living. Once money is off the table, it’s very interesting to see what makes us jump out of bed and feel alive every morning.
A couple of very cool experiments.
In one experiment, people were asked to solve a problem. When people were offered cash to solve the problem faster, they screwed up. At the very least, they did worse than the group not being paid. Why? Because all the people in the group could think about was the money. The money and not the problem became the focus.
Once people’s basic needs are met, autonomy becomes more important than money. The need to create our own direction is the driving force.
David and Goliath
There have numerous studies showing successful Fortune 500 groups are sometimes more successful when they let their employees choose what they want to work on.
For example, Pink sites the case of a very successful software company that paid it’s staff to come up with a library of the company information on disc- which was eventually going to be sold as a digital encyclopedia.
In contrast, another company formed an encyclopedia based on information that experts and hobbyists donated in the name of creating something that everyone could access for free.
Wikipedia which contains more than 17 million donated articles eventually forced Microsoft to abandon it’s MSN Encarta disc and on-line encyclopedia. All in the name of educating the world for free.
THE SHOW GAVE IT AWAY
Wow did the finale of the Bachelorette give it away! There was a woman sitting in the plane with JP ( not really sure who she was. His girlfriend? Just kidding. Perhaps she was a make-up artist who had to head over to island to touch up the participants??) But when the first plane came in and we didn’t see the mystery woman- we knew it was Ben’s plane. At that point, I needed a sick bag because I felt awful for Ben.