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1 09, 2021

Rescue Dogs are Forever Dogs – Gary’s September Gems

2022-04-20T09:15:27-04:00

Rescue Dogs are Forever Dogs Dogs aren’t things we throw away when they do something that annoys us.  Do you pull a Gloria Gaynor when your partner puts the toilet roll on backwards – again? (if they do at all???) and shove them out the door? Pets are companions who take a lifetime of commitment [...]

Rescue Dogs are Forever Dogs – Gary’s September Gems2022-04-20T09:15:27-04:00
31 07, 2021

Learning About Teamwork by Watching Saturday Night Hockey

2022-04-20T09:16:11-04:00

Learning About Teamwork by Watching Saturday Night Hockey After being responsible for the management of  i24 Call Management Solutions for almost two decades, no one has to sell me on the importance of teamwork.  A call answering service, like all customer-facing services, is particularly challenged in the human resource area. It's impossible [...]

Learning About Teamwork by Watching Saturday Night Hockey2022-04-20T09:16:11-04:00
1 07, 2021

Montreal in the Summer – Music, Memories and All That Jazz

2022-04-20T09:17:21-04:00

Montreal in the Summer - Music, Memories and All That Jazz I live in a city that comes alive each summer with music. It fills the air whether you're downtown enjoying the Montreal International Jazz Festival, or walking through parks and neighbourhoods. I grew up in a house filled with music. We [...]

Montreal in the Summer – Music, Memories and All That Jazz2022-04-20T09:17:21-04:00
1 05, 2021

Gary’s May Gems – Finding the Key to Our Secret Garden

2022-04-20T09:18:35-04:00

Gary’s May Gems - Finding the Key to Our Secret Garden I'm already missing my “secret garden”. Spring came early this year. We wasted no time in opening our windows to welcome her. We also welcomed the sound of birds calling out to whatever females were in range,  “pick me, pick me.” They've yet [...]

Gary’s May Gems – Finding the Key to Our Secret Garden2022-04-20T09:18:35-04:00
1 04, 2021

Gary’s April Gems – The Spring is in Our Hearts Issue

2022-04-20T09:18:52-04:00

Gary's April Gems - The Spring is in Our Hearts Issue There is so much to love about spring. I used to especially love spring skiing. Sadly, I don’t ski anymore. It’s too emotionally painful. After losing my Olympic bronze medal due to a petty disqualification for ski-tampering. It brings back too many memories. [...]

Gary’s April Gems – The Spring is in Our Hearts Issue2022-04-20T09:18:52-04:00
28 02, 2021

Gary’s March Gems – The Are Old Friends Best Friends Issue

2022-04-20T09:19:13-04:00

“There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.”– Jim Henson I am blessed to have many “old friends”. That’s one of the advantages of living in the same city all your life. It’s not unusual to run into a classmate at Home Depot or get an email from someone from my [...]

Gary’s March Gems – The Are Old Friends Best Friends Issue2022-04-20T09:19:13-04:00
1 02, 2021

Gary’s February Gems – The Lost Art of Saying Thank You Issue

2022-04-20T09:20:00-04:00

Gary's February Gems - The Lost Art of Saying Thank You Issue We take “thank you’s” seriously here in the great white north. Along with “sorry”, it’s used at every conceivable opportunity. It’s a Canadian stereotype. Someone opens a door for us? “Thank you”. Someone bumps into us. “Sorry”. Whether deserved or not, we [...]

Gary’s February Gems – The Lost Art of Saying Thank You Issue2022-04-20T09:20:00-04:00
1 01, 2021

Gary’s January Gems – The What Will Be the New Normal Issue

2022-04-20T09:20:28-04:00

Gary’s January Gems - The What Will Be the New Normal Issue I’m thinking a lot about when we can expect to return to “normal”. When can we go out to shows, dine out, and have friends over again?  Nothing is the same. Nothing is “normal”. I want to set the dial back to [...]

Gary’s January Gems – The What Will Be the New Normal Issue2022-04-20T09:20:28-04:00
30 11, 2020

Gary December Gems – The It’s Not Where You Start Issue

2022-04-20T09:21:06-04:00

Gary December Gems – The It's Not Where You Start Issue This December 1st marks the 50th anniversary of my company, i24 Call Management Solutions. We started out as Alert Answering Service which was founded by my Grandmother, Florence Blair, when she was 64 years old - the same age I turned last [...]

Gary December Gems – The It’s Not Where You Start Issue2022-04-20T09:21:06-04:00
1 11, 2020

Gary’s Gems – Whatever Gets You Through November Issue

2022-04-20T09:22:11-04:00

Gary's Gems - Whatever Gets You Through November Issue Do you find November depressing? Since March, every month in 2020 could claim that description. The drabness of November is our payment for the lights and nostalgia for December. (You know how I feel about Christmas, right?). November is Kansas. December is Oz. I can [...]

Gary’s Gems – Whatever Gets You Through November Issue2022-04-20T09:22:11-04:00
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