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A Wonderful Ride

Without traffic my house is 30 minutes from downtown Toronto. During rush hour this balloons to at least 90 minutes. For this reason, I seldom make it into the downtown core anymore. When I absolutely have to be downtown, I typically leave my house early in the morning, and try to leave the city before rush hour.

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A + B = C (MAYBE)

Combining two-parts hydrogen with one-part oxygen creates water. If you apply enough heat to this water until it boils, you create steam. If you lower the temperature below the freezing point, your water becomes ice. Combining water and temperature in different combinations will result in a liquid, solid or gas

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One inning is not a game

Standing 6’1”, but weighing only 180lbs, William was not an imposing figure. This was significant because as a pitcher in the Major Leagues, intimidating batters was expected by team ownership. He had not been pitching in the Big Leagues for long and was having a poor start to the season.

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the price of tea…

English breakfast tea is made from a blend of cured evergreen leaves native to Asia. The most popular leaves come from India and Sri Lanka, though each tea manufacturer uses different blends. Because of global trade, the cost of these Asian leaves fall almost every year; currently around $20 wholesale per pound.

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Nutritional knowledge

Beginning August 2017, the city of Chicago introduced a special tax on all sugary beverages sold within the city limits. The new tax raised beverage costs by as much as 20% and residents began protesting immediately.

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Childs Play

In the autumn of 1983 I was 8 years old and in third grade. I remember on one particular day, getting ready to walk home after school (you were allowed to do that back then) when one of my classmates pulled me aside in the hall. He told me he wanted to show me something his parents bought him, but I had to promise not to tell anyone.

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WAter works

Established in the 1890’s, the small mining village of Orme sat on the border separating Tennessee and Alabama. Over the years the town expanded as coal grew in popularity across the United States.  The town’s population multiplied exponentially as new mines opened and ancillary business congregated nearby.

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Timing is everything

I was surprised how much the Queens Park eating area reminded me of my old high school cafeteria. Everything looked familiar; the inexpensive table settings, the homey looking lunch specials and even the cliques congregated at tables; the jocks, the rockers and the nerds, each group seemingly holding court over some hot parliamentary gossip.

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BEWARE THE SIRENS

When I was grade school age I used to love cooking with my Mom. By the time I reached high school I could create an entire meal on my own, albeit a simple one. My cuisine repertoire was fairly limited until I left home for University where I had to fend for myself in the kitchen.

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TEMPER TANTRUM

“This is the worst day ever!” he yelled as he stormed away from me. Of course it wasn’t the worst day, or even a bad day. It was a Saturday and this was my 5 year old son’s response when I told him he couldn’t have a second cookie.

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Seeking Out the Verified

It was 7 o’clock and I was hungry. I was in Boston for a conference and was unfamiliar with the dining options in and around the hotel. The concierge offered a few restaurant suggestions, but said he had never eaten at any of them.

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Bumpy Riding

My transportation life has been pretty boring over the past decade. The last few cars I have owned have been quite similar. I felt it was time for a change but wasn't sure what kind of automobile I wanted.

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National Geographic does not feature your house

As a boy, Jimmy loved to look at the pictures in National Geographic magazines and imagine he was visiting the far off places featured inside.

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Confidently Humble

Long ago there lived a girl in ancient Greece who was an exceptional weaver and spinner of thread. She could weave all sorts of beautiful pictures and people came from all over to see her beautiful tapestries.

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Do Big Mac’s taste 22% better in Canada?

In 1998, IBM unveiled Blue Pacific, the world’s fastest computer. This computer could perform 3.9 trillion calculations per second; 15,000 times faster than the average desktop computer.

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An ‘element’ of surprise

The pessimist complains about the wind; The optimist expects it to change: The realist adjusts the sails.

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An Elementary Misunderstanding

Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend and student Watson were together on a camping trip. After a good meal, they lay down for the night and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend awake.

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Who’s buying…

The useful life of a Twitter tweet is now 24 minutes. Similarly, a Facebook post is now regarded as dead after 90 minutes. I know this because research into social media trends has exploded.

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The butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker

A long time ago, a young prince in search of adventure showed up in a small village looking to make some money. He had never been to this village before but knew the best way to make money was to invest in a business.

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now What??

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed over. The other hunter pulls out his cell phone and calls 911.

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When obvious isn’t obvious

If you were given a newspaper from the future could you make better decisions today? How much money could you make if you knew with certainty how the stock market would perform for the next 30 years?

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I’d like to buy the world a cola…

While walking to class one afternoon during my university studies in the mid 90’s I noticed a large crowd gathered in the main square on campus. There was a long line of students behind a large table covered with white paper cups.

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Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday

“Well, the baby has been successfully delivered, what should I worry about next?” I can remember having this exact thought moments after the birth of our first child. 

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Why I’m smiling

While cruising at 30,000 feet through a rainstorm on a flight to Chicago recently, a simple thought entered my mind; I wonder what the pilot is doing up there in the cockpit?

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