Keep Moving Forward

The motto of Sharp Innovation Solutions Inc. is to “Keep Moving Forward”. Over on the Blog of Impossible Things there is a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. to do that with whatever you have to work with.

When you love someone

The context for my October 2 “When you love someone…” speech was that at the previous Orléans Raconteurs toastmaster meeting we had a speech evaluation contest. For the evaluation competitors there was a test speaker who did a speech about his love for a falcon (I remembered the name as Avalon). The falcon was brought…

Best not to pay too much for a Bottle of Wine?

Jonah Lehrer wrote an article for Wired and the New Yorker indicating that it is best not to pay too much for a bottle of wine unless you are using the price to convince yourself that it is superior. According to the article’s sources blind taste tests have shown that people sometimes prefer less expensive…

The Future Belongs to …

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams – Eleanor Roosevelt

Feed the Good Dog to seize a Chance of a Lifetime

I have written before about why I think attitude is so important and that it is a better strategy to learn to be optimistic rather than succumbing to the pessimism that the media use to attract attention and sell. People are known to subscribe more to bad news than they do to good news. We…

Gandhi on Change

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. Mahatma Gandhi(2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India

Real Artists Ship

Real artists ship. Steve Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American inventor and entrepreneur. He was co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs was co-founder and previously served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios; he became a member of the board of directors of the Walt Disney…


Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller – (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree

Canadian Walking Club Resources

Ottawa has several walking groups: Ottawa Ramblers Club – Hiking Snowshoeing skiing Note that club has an exclusive membership limited to 200 households. Ottawa International Walking Festival 6584 Harvest Grove Drive Greely, ON K4P 1E9 Graham Fawcett: 613-821-0056 Ottawa Voyageurs d’Ottawa Walking Club [CVF-03] 6491 Boul Jeanne D’Arc Blvd PO Box 62041 Orleans, ON…

Ability, Motivation, and Attitude

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Raymond Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an American novelist, alcoholic, and screenwriter. He is best known for his crime fiction that featured the private detective character ‘Philip Marlowe’.