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    Emoticons can bite

    October 26th, 2011

    Even among serious, sober-sided business and professional people, those happy, sad, laughing, crying and other funny-faced email emoticons are spreading like a contagion, warns the New York Times, October 21. Read the rest of this entry »

    Why you should lie to your friends

    October 23rd, 2011

    Do not mistake friendship for a license to tell the truth. More pain has been inflicted by indiscriminate truth-telling than by lies. Honesty too often means being hurtful and wounding. As long as you keep true counsel with yourself, it doesn’t hurt if you dissembled with a friend. Read the rest of this entry »

    A real hockey fan

    October 22nd, 2011

    My Canadian friends like to tell about a time when the Stanley Cup playoffs Read the rest of this entry »

    Kind endorphins

    October 20th, 2011

    When you do something nice for someone, you’ll notice a beautiful feeling of ease and peace. Read the rest of this entry »

    Sleeping in

    October 13th, 2011

    At my funeral they’re going to play a recording of me saying, “Thank you so much for coming. Unlike the rest of you, I don’t have to get up in the morning.” Read the rest of this entry »

    Best Christmas gifts

    October 12th, 2011

    The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity. Read the rest of this entry »

    How to treat your friends

    October 7th, 2011

    Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better. Edgar Howe (1853-1937), U.S. novelist. Country Town Sayings (1911).

    A man always remembers his enemies, but he sometimes forgets his friends. Bob (Robert Chambers) Edwards (1864-1922). Calgary Eye Opener, December 11, 1915.

    Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light. Jennie Jerome Churchill (1854-1921), mother of Winston Churchill, and Anglo-American society figure. Small Talk on Big Subjects (1916).

    Happiness is a garden

    October 6th, 2011

    There is a Chinese proverb that says to be happy for a week you take a new concubine. To be happy for a month, you kill a pig, and to be happy all your life, you build a garden. Read the rest of this entry »

    Friends are like snowflakes

    October 5th, 2011

    “Friends are like snowflakes: beautiful and different,” read the sign at the Starbucks coffee shop on Forty-Second and Sixth in New York City, writer Adam Gopnik reported in the New Yorker, January 3, 2011. But Gopnik wondered, “Are snowflakes really different?” Read the rest of this entry »

    The fatal perils of a lonely heart

    October 4th, 2011

    Loneliness is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day; as dangerous as being an alcoholic, as harmful as never exercising, and twice as dangerous as obesity.

    That’s one of the findings of researchers at Brigham Young University, who say you can die from loneliness Read the rest of this entry »

    A dog’s best friend

    October 3rd, 2011

    Properly trained, a man can be a dog’s best friend. Corey Ford (1902-69), U.S. magazine writer and author. Quoted by Jim Dratfield and Paul Coughlin in The Quotable Canine (1997). Read the rest of this entry »

    Tenacity on a bicyle

    October 1st, 2011

    My first 430-km day I stopped three times in shops along the way because of rain. Each time I buried my face in my arms and cried. I had lost all hope. But when it came down to it, I got back up Read the rest of this entry »