About Gary Blair

Gary Blair is Owner and Chief Engagement Officer for i24 Call Management Solutions and Founder of the Art for Healing Foundation. He's passionate about creating connections between people through both his for-profit and not-for-profit activities. Communication is the name of the game.

Gary’s August Stories – The All the World is a Stage Issue

Gary's August Stories - The "All the World is a Stage" Issue Who could have foreseen back in March and April that come summer, we’d still see no sign of a return to pre COVID19 normal,  an end to disruption. Our routines have changed to reflect new normals but as much as we can [...]

Gary’s August Stories – The All the World is a Stage Issue2020-07-29T15:21:10-04:00

Gary’s July Gems – The Teacher Don’t Preach Issue

Gary’s July Gems - The Teacher Don’t Preach Issue It’s as clear as if it happened yesterday. The past forty years hadn’t fogged up the rearview mirror. I was sitting in class waiting for my College Physics course results. The room was quiet, my head - not so much. Self-doubt and anxiety were [...]

Gary’s July Gems – The Teacher Don’t Preach Issue2020-07-02T14:58:41-04:00

Gary’s June Gems – It Ain’t Over Till The Fat Lady Sings Issue

Gary's June Gems, It Ain’t Over Till The Fat Lady Sings Issue “Do you mind this music? Do you like Opera?” This is what Tom Hanks’ character, Andrew Beckett asks his lawyer in one of cinema’s most emotional scenes. The film is Philadelphia. The aria is La Moma Morta, and the voice belongs to [...]

Gary’s June Gems – It Ain’t Over Till The Fat Lady Sings Issue2020-05-27T12:25:06-04:00

Gary’s May Gems – the Gardening Issue

Gary May Gems – the Gardening Edition I’m sitting here in my home office as I have since the start of our physical distancing lockdown, trying to find my footing in what appears to be an episode of The Twilight Zone. It seems we return to our traditions in times of disruption to give [...]

Gary’s May Gems – the Gardening Issue2020-05-27T12:18:23-04:00

Gary April Gems – The Calligraphy Issue

Gary April Gems – The Calligraphy Issue I developed early-on, a great curiosity about Calligraphy.  I think my curiosity was inspired by the beautifully illuminated texts we read from in Sunday school. I didn’t know it was called calligraphy.. I just thought it was just really cool writing. Indeed, pouring over the illuminated texts [...]

Gary April Gems – The Calligraphy Issue2020-03-11T08:51:41-04:00

Garys Stories and Quote Gems for March – The Teddy Bear Issue

Gary's Stories and Quote Gems for March - The Teddy Bear Issue I’ve been sharing my personal stories with you since the June 2019 issue of my monthly "Quote Gems". Stories entertain, teach and emotionally connect us through our shared experiences. This month, I’m sharing a secret passion few people know about along with [...]

Garys Stories and Quote Gems for March – The Teddy Bear Issue2020-02-24T15:12:35-05:00

Garys February Gems – The Be My Valentine Edition

Gary's February Gems – The Sweetheart Edition T.S.  Eliot said in The Wasteland that April was the cruellest month. He was depressed when he wrote that. Fact. April brings more light, more warmth and the first peek at perennials breaking through the last remnants of frozen ground. April is usually the month where Easter [...]

Garys February Gems – The Be My Valentine Edition2020-01-31T13:14:45-05:00

Gary Gems – January Ski and Contrition Edition

Gary Gems – January Ski and Contrition Edition Sometimes we learn life’s lessons in the funniest of ways and in the oddest of places. I learned one of mine on a ski hill - and I learned it the hard way. Interest piqued? Here’s a hint: “Plan your work and then work your plan”? [...]

Gary Gems – January Ski and Contrition Edition2019-12-30T11:09:11-05:00

Gary Gems – December Traditions and Memories

My gems this month reflect the memories and lessons from my family's December Traditions. December has always been very special to me. The long darkness of winter gives way, if only temporarily, to the magical lights of Christmas. They illuminate the path back to the warm nostalgia of my childhood Christmases. Christmas music [...]

Gary Gems – December Traditions and Memories2019-12-03T08:24:16-05:00

Gary’s November Quote Gems – War and Remembrance Day Issue

Gary's November Quote Gems - War and Remembrance Day Issue I have had a love/hate relationship with the month of November.  Daylight is rationed.  The trees are shedding the last of their colours and now tremble as they wait for their snowy coats. The weather reflects the grey solemness of Remembrance Day. The lights [...]

Gary’s November Quote Gems – War and Remembrance Day Issue2019-10-22T11:02:36-04:00
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