Sunday, April 19, 2009


“Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something. The ingredients are there. You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you. If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account.”

— From a speech John W. Gardner delivered to the Hawaii Executive Conference in Kona, Hawaii, in April 1993

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


I was away in Seattle for a few days attending the "Everything Must Change" conference. What a great city. We had some Seattle rain, Seattle sunshine, caught a ballgame, went to a blues club, toured Freemont, Pikes Market and ate some great food. How can a city of < 500,000 have so much to offer?

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008


I knew I had been away for a while but it seems that it has been 6 weeks. I was involved with the provincial election here and blogging about democracy and innovation (together and separate) but I am back for a while.

I had been struggling with a major decision recently and having found a resolution last week, I am feeling extremely thankful. I am thankful for;
In no particular order

1. my beloved
2. my health
3. my job
4. my freedom
5. my grandkids
6. the weather
7. amazing opportunities
8. friends far and wide
9. my faith
10. Spring
11. travel ( even if it is to Toronto twice in a month)
12. music ( go Serena Ryder and EVOC)
13. good food
14. strong drink
15. books, books and more books

What would be on your list?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

It Starts With You

Every Monday Matters starts with YOU. YOU have to decide that YOU want to be a difference maker. But don’t keep this to yourself. That would be a strange form of selfishness. Share it. Talk about it. Email about it. Text about it. Let your friends, family, co-workers, fellow students know about it. Get them involved with you.

We are looking for people who want to lead a small army out there. If you want to start an Every Monday Matters Team in your neck of the woods, let us know. We will help you get one started. Then it is your baby to grow and nurture. We want you to be creative. Take photos. Videos. Start a MySpace Page. This is YOUR movement.

And always remember…


Saturday, January 26, 2008

Just Something to Ponder

"The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."

Mohandas Gandhi

Friday, January 18, 2008

A Small action can Do Some Good

Visit Do some Good where Cindy Kruschel and the team at LJUrban have committed to fund the complete training of up to 20 local masons in Burkina Faso. Training will be provided for a new mason for each 100,000 visitors. Take a few minutes and view the video. Come back often and encourage others to visit. We want to ensure that the results allow LJUrban to fund the full 20 training programs.